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India: Tact Against Media Questions

10/13/09

Post by Sumeru Chatterjee, India

The Indian delegation was faced with several hard hitting questions from the media at the Bangkok Climate Change Talks on the 9th of October. The Indian delegation did a good job of  answering the questions in such a manner that completely avoided the main component of the attack against them. Here are some excerpts from the question and answer round.

Quantifiable Emission Reduction Targets for India?

When asked if India would provide a quantifiable emission reduction target by Copenhagen, the delegation answered in the negative. India’s offer to the negotiation include 8 internally regulated National Missions and regular status updates of its progress to the international community under the guidelines of the UNFCCC.

India’s emission reduction target percentage?

When asked if India could sum up all its micro action plans and come out with one percentage figure like the other nations in the world, India replied saying that the fight against climate change is complicated and requires more than just current emissions reductions. India said that adaptation was an integral part of the fight as well. Therefore current emission should not be the only parameter to consider. That is why India is not interested in providing a emission reduction figure.

Bi-lateral negotiations as a substitute of a Global Deal?

India reinforced that bi lateral negotiations between India and any other nation in the world could never be a substitute for a true global deal, and that in order to combat climate change a binding legal document had to obtained.

Why is India quiet at Bangkok?

India said it would be wrong on the international communities’ part to judge how involved a country is in a negotiation by looking at the number of times it intervenes on the subject. Instead one must also look at the support it provides to the parties that bring forth negotiations to the table. India reinstated its position by saying that it believes that the Kyoto Protocol is a legal and legitimate document. It also does not support its removal or replacement, as is being suggested by some of the nations of the world.

What kind of finance will be required?

India proposed that in order to bring about change in current coal dependency, the scale of finance that would be required should not be less that 0.5% of the GDP of developed countries. In order for this change to be truly significant, the figure should be closer to 1%

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