Bhubaneswar: The UN climate summit of India ended with a positive note on Sunday with Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, saying that “India will never be intimidated by threats or any kind of pressure like this.”
Natarajan’s speech ensured that India’s main concern – the inclusion of the concept of equity in the fight against climate change – became part of the package.
The package said all countries would be part of a global pact to control Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Natarajan ensured there was a third option “an agreed outcome with legal force”, apart from protocol or a legal instrument.
The comprehensive 14 day session of the UN Framework Conventionon Climate Change summit came to an end one and a half day behind schedule because of intense negotiations over contentious issues, where in India had wanted a “legal outcome” as the third option, but European Union (EU)Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that this would put the countries sincerity in doubt.
However, under the four-pronged Durban Package, rich nations have now agreed to reduce their (GHG) emissions from 2013 under the Kyoto Protocol, a key demand of developing countries.