Krishna to attend climate change meet in New York

An opportunity for New Delhi to articulate position on the issue

S M Krishna

He will represent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the meeting convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The conference aims at providing a political direction and momentum to the ongoing multilateral negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC).

Krishna, according to sources in the Ministry of External Affairs, is likely to reiterate New Delhi’s stand that any attempt to address the problem of climate change must take into account the imperatives of poverty reduction and economic progress in developing countries and the responsibility of the developed countries.

Asserting that the meeting would not be a negotiating forum, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said the event would provide an important opportunity to New Delhi to articulate its position on climate change issue and its “constructive approach” in multilateral negotiations under UNFCCC leading to the 15th Conference of Parties in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Rao was briefing mediapersons on India’s participation in UNGA before she left for New York and Washington.

Vulnerable countries
“Developing countries like India, which are vulnerable to and are already suffering from the impact of climate change, have an important stake in the establishment of a truly global, transparent, rule-based and equitable climate change regime based on the principles of UNFCCC,” said the foreign secretary. She maintained that any long-term goal or conditionalities being set towards lessening the effects of climate change “should always take into account the centrality of the need of the developing countries in this regard.”
Climate change is also likely to be on the agenda of the G 20 summit in Pittsburg this week.

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