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India has ground rules for Paris climate negotiations: CSE

"Prime Minister Modi's demand for a fair share of carbon space for developing countries has suggested the way to operationalise equity," said CSE's director general Sunita Narain.

December 01, 2015 / 07:50 PM IST

Terming it a "major shift" in India's stand, an India-based green body today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the crucial climate conference here has set the "ground rules" for Indian negotiators to work towards an ambitious and equitable deal.

Welcoming Modi's speech, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said Modi articulated the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) in terms of carbon space for the first time and has set the tone for the negotiations.

"Prime Minister Modi's demand for a fair share of carbon space for developing countries has suggested the way to operationalise equity," said CSE's director general Sunita Narain.


"CSE wants a stable and effective deal and hopes that the provision of fair allocation of carbon space finds clear articulation in the Paris agreement. Our hope is that the Indian negotiators will work with other developing countries to achieve this," she said.

The advocacy body said India has demanded a fair share of the remaining carbon space for developing countries while it has also called for equity and CBDR to remain the "bedrock" for collective action in the Paris climate agreement.

Modi during his speech yesterday urged developed countries to recognise the challenges faced by developing nations in dealing with the impacts of climate change and asked them to meet the financial commitment of USD 100 billion per year 2020 onwards.

"Modi's speech has set the tone for the two weeks of negotiations at Paris. It has provided the ground rules for the Indian negotiators to work towards operationalising equity and accomplish an ambitious deal at Paris," said CSE's deputy director general Chandra Bhushan, who is camping here.

first published: Dec 1, 2015 07:50 pm

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