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Press Release 20th November 2016

India Worked with Developing Nations to Ensure that Climate Actions are based on Equity and Climate Justice

COP 22 Concludes at Marrakech, Overall Outcomes Represent Forward Movement in Climate Action

The main thrust of COP 22 was to develop rules for operationalizing the Paris agreement and advance work on Pre-2020 actions. India, led by Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, participated constructively, in association with developing countries, to ensure that climate actions are based on the principles of equity and Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) and climate justice. The Paris Agreement has clearly recognised the principle of differentiation between developed and developing countries and the current ground was focused on operationalizing it in rules pertaining to Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance, Technology transfer, capacity-building and transparency frameworks.

Overall, the outcomes represent a forward movement in the climate actions, especially on the implementation front. Procedural discussions and decisions to develop the Rule Book for Paris Agreement were advanced in many ways at this conference. It was agreed that submissions from Parties will be invited and technical workshops will be held to develop clarity and understanding on these issues.

India participated in the Facilitative Dialogue on Pre-2020 actions and highlighted various time-bound actions that can be taken to bridge the emission gap and provide accelerated support to developing countries.

The India Pavilion at COP22 was a centre of attraction at COP 22 and received wide acclamation. Over 20 side-events were held on India’s action on climate change with broad participation from different ministries, civil society, NGOs, industry etc.

The Framework provides for membership open to the countries between tropics (fully or partially) who are also UN members. The ISA structure will consist of two tiers in the form of an Assembly and Secretariat. Partner Country status to be granted to other countries (not within tropics) by the decision of ISA Assembly. The Framework will enter into force with ratification by 15 countries. An important aspect is striving to keep about the operating costs minimal and therefore not necessitate mandatory contributions.

COP 22 on Climate Change had begun on November 7 and concluded on November 18, 2016.

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