“It is positive that countries will adhere to the principle of equity and CDR (common but differentiated responsibility) in decisions,” he says. Prakash JavadekarMinister for the Environment, Forests and Climate Change of the Union, in an interview with Nitin Sethi on the eve of the ministerial round of the UN conference on climate change in Lima, Peru. Edited snippets:
Does India continue to abide by the principles of CDR and equity?
We are confident that all developed and developing countries will accommodate the principles of CDR and equity in the basic elements of the draft and the decisions of the ad hoc working group on the Durban Platform (under which the agreement will be negotiated. 2015).
Expectations outside Lima …
Lima is a forerunner of the negotiations in Paris in 2015. We are going with full confidence and hope that the Lima round will reach a positive conclusion that will lead to a good Paris agreement.
Will you address the issue of technology transfer from developed countries to poor countries to combat climate change?
We will definitely talk about the issue in Lima, but Lima is not the end of the road. He had also told a US delegate at the Montreal Protocol meeting in Paris (in November) that if the planet goes through such a critical situation, we must find a joint collaborative approach to finding new clean technologies. After all, we are working together to find the particle of God as well. This approach could also solve the problems of intellectual property resources.
India’s reaction to the joint announcement of the US and China …
He has too little ambition. Both countries could have done much more. India is already doing many things aggressively to deal with climate change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already decided that India will quintuple the country’s solar energy capacity. It’s a huge task we’ve taken on.
What about India taking on new targets for the post-2020 period?
Please wait for the right time. How can I react to this right now?
On whether India will stand as firm in the climate change negotiations as it did in the World Trade Organization, even if that requires being alone?
On Friday I do a press conference; I will give an answer to the press conference for everyone.
About India working within developing countries with related ideas.
We are working positively with everyone, we will engage with all countries in a constructive way. Let me talk about this with everyone at Friday’s meeting with the media.
Will India’s position in international negotiations be consistent with the past?
We will be more consistent than the previous government. We will straighten the turn once done and we will be more consistent and constructive in our approach.
About the TSR Subramanian report to review existing environmental laws.
We have accepted the report for your consideration. It will soon be in the public domain. I have authorized its release. Existing processes have been inconsistent, rules unclear and clumsy, and laws flawed. This has forced courts to intervene so often in environmental cases. Why should they do this if all is well?
What do you plan to do with the report and the idea of a new law as proposed?
We will present a new law at Parliament’s budget session. We will soon set up a drafting committee to draft the law. I want the law to be simple and straightforward.
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