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‘C’wealth countries should take common stand on Paris talks’

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu, who has been critical of the idea of India aligning with China on climate change talks, on Saturday favoured “mobilisation” of Commonwealth countries, including India, on the issue for a better deal at the Paris meet.

Prabhu, who was Prime Minister’s special envoy on climate change before assuming charge as Railway Minister, wanted China to play a “big role” in arriving at a deal on climate change at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 21) to be held in Paris in December this year.

Participating in a ministerial session at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organised by the Energy Resources Institute (TERI), Prabhu emphaised the need for various blocs on climate change, including the one led by European Union, the United States, island nations and the Commonwealth playing a major role in making a deal happen in Paris.

The Commonwealth is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member-states, including India, that were mostly territories of the former British Empire.
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