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‘Developing countries must get carbon space for growth’

India on Wednesday demanded that the key issue of adaptation must be fully reflected in the new climate pact to be signed in Paris next year and developed nations should give enough carbon space to developing nations to achieve sustainable growth.

As the negotiations to finalise the 2015 climate deal entered its crucial last days here in the Peruvian capital, Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar said, “The new post-2020 agreement should ensure a balance between mitigation and adaptation. The urgent need for adaptation must be fully reflected in the new agreement.” “Developing countries will not get the carbon space to achieve sustainable development unless there is more ambitious commitments from developed countries in the pre-2020 era,” he said addressing the high-level segment of the UN Framework Convention on
Climate Change Conference.

“If we believe that the global warming threat is real, then we must deliver on the agreed commitments as a matter of priority,” he said, adding it is important therefore for developed countries to urgently fulfil their legal obligations in the pre-2020 period. “They must scale up their mitigation ambition now and urgently fulfil their promises for providing financial and technological support to developing countries,” he added. He echoed the message that the Intended INDCs of all countries should include elements of adaptation, finance, technology and capacity building.

“It is equally evident that developing countries could do more if finance, technology support and capacity building is ensured. This must be a key focus of the new agreement,” he said.
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