India is only on track among G20 nations to meet climate change mitigation commitments: Prakash Javadekar in UNSC Open Debate

New Delhi: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar participated in the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Tuesday (February 23, 2021) and said that India is the only country among the G20 countries to meet its climate change mitigation commitments.

During an open debate on “addressing climate-related risks to international peace and security”, Javadekar commented on India’s climate actions and said, “We are not only meeting the goals of our Paris Agreement, but from them There will be more. “

He said that the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure (CDRI), two initiatives launched by India to address the challenges of climate change and adaptation.

Representing India, Prakash Javadekar stressed that the idea of ​​climate action should not be to carry forward the goal of climate ambition by 2050 and it is important for countries to fulfill their pre-2020 commitments.

The Union Environment Minister said that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement negotiated under the Framework are central mechanisms for climate action in a nationally determined manner based on certain fundamentally agreed principles.

“The most important of these is ‘common but differentiated responsibility and responsiveness’,” he said.

The Union Environment Minister cited the 2019 IPCC special report ‘Climate Change and Land’ and pointed out that even the best science available claims that climate change only causes conflict and is not the cause of conflict and that There is no threat to peace and security.

Therefore, it is important, the Minister said, to ensure that no parallel track to climate negotiations is fundamentally different from agreed principles.

He said, “While climate change does not directly or naturally lead to violent conflict, its interaction with other social, political and economic factors can, nevertheless, intensify the drivers of conflict and fragility and create peace, stability and Has a negative impact on security; therefore; it is precisely for this reason that developing the nationally determined contributions of the country under the Paris Agreement includes adaptation activities, and information on finance, technology development and transfer, capacity building and transparency. “

He commented on the post-COVID-19 recovery and said that India believes there is an important opportunity for countries to integrate low-carbon development into their COVID-19 rescue and recovery measures and long-term mitigation strategies, which it announced Have to know. In 2021, the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 26) was reorganized.

Javadekar also reiterated that the commitment of developing countries to jointly raise $ 100 billion per year by 2020 in support of climate action in developing countries has not been realized and noted that meaningful participation of women and marginalization There is an urgent need to promote and support groups in national level climate change policy and planning processes.

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