India will provide a comprehensive analysis of climate change in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015, revealed Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar . “Over last eight months, we have held wide range consultations and are glad that a common voice has surfaced,” he added.
Currently, over 29 countries have submitted their INDCs ahead of the global climate summit scheduled to be held in Paris.
“Besides mitigation measures that other countries have talked about, we will also talk about adaptation measures, finance, technology and capacity building,” said Javadekar.
The minister however refused to specify the date of release, saying that all countries were required to submit their INDCs latest by 1 October 2015.
Reaffirming India’s commitment to climate change Javadekar said, “India wants the world to reach a common agreement and is working more than its capacity to combat climate change.”
The Minister pointed to India’s demand for special consultation forums independent of the UNFCCC to resolve difference of opinions on various issues as a proof of its commitment to resolve climate change. “Other countries have recognized this and discussions on various issue are being held,” he said.
Questioned whether the country would still demand funding from developed countries, the Minister said financing was a given as it is a historical responsibility of the advanced countries.
“Historical responsibility is a fact there need not be any negotiation on that,” he said.
India will also have a pavilion dedicated to showcase the efforts taken by it at the summit venue, announced the Minister. “The Science Express (a science exhibition train that travels across the county) will also have the special theme of climate change this time around, to introduce the issue to the upcoming generation,” said Javadekar.
The ministry is also planning a digital version of the train to reach more students.