PM rejects UN deadline for submitting emission targets

PM rejects UN deadline for submitting emission targets

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at a meeting with Environment Ministers from BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), countries in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

The Prime Minister is particularly unhappy over the repeated persistence from Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon to accede to the January 31 deadline for target submission, sources in the PMO said.
Singh has also apparently questioned the legal status of the various provisions included in the Accord which is silent on the Kyoto Protocol based on equity burden sharing among the member nations.

"Before going ahead with targets submission, the Prime Minister wants to be clarified on certain issues which are silent in the Ban's letter," the sources added.

In the absence of the consensus at the Denmark capital last December, the UN members just took note of the Copenhagen Accord and agreed to submit their voluntarily emission cuts as well as climate action plans.

As per the Accord, Appendix 1 is intended for "economy-wide emissions targets" for 2020 for Annex-I (rich countries) while Appendix 2 is for "mitigation actions" by non-Annex I (developing) countries. These commitments can become operational immediately.

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