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Session2: India Pavilion at COP 22, Marrakech

15th November, 2016, Marrakech

The second session of the eighth day at the ongoing COP 22 in Marrakech, witnessed the release of books on low carbon lifestyle. Addressing the gathering, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate, Shri Anil Madhav Dave emphasised that a simple life evolving around practices which adopt sustainable lifestyle is the ideal way forward for the world. Shri Dave invoked the lives of Mahavir, Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. The Minister added that tackling Climate Change is possible only if an individual can bring changes in their unsustainable lifestyle and consciously make effort towards inculcating the same in others.

The session panelists also brought forward the issue of the big brotherly attitude of developed nations and their rhetoric of developing nations being the major culprit in climate change issue. Deputy Minister, Government of Bolivia, Mr. Diego, highlighted that developed countries tried to dilute the pre-2020 agenda and urged the need of enhanced ambition from developed countries. He highlighted the importance of facilitative dialogue for the implementation of Paris Agreement. Mr. Soumya Dutt, also highlighted the urgency of enhanced actions due to rise in the intensity and frequency of Natural Disasters mainly affected the Developing countries. Ms. Meena Raman, talked about equity and CBDR, which is the centrality of the convention. She also added that convention should not be replaced with Paris Agreement.

The pressing issue of absence of any kind of action Pre-2020 was discussed. Another key concern that surfaced during the deliberations was the outsourcing of Pre 2020 actions to agencies outside UNFCCC.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Joint Secretary MoEFCC, said that this Pavilion represents the hopes and aspirations of 1.2 Billion People of India and it will showcase India’s India’s path to a sustainable and balanced future during the length of this pivotal COP meet.

The event was organized by PAIRVI, a Bhopal-based NGO. The event was moderated by Mr. Ajay Kumar Jha focused on Pre 2020 ambition and action.

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