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India leads in thwarting US-led West's plot to force HFC treaty

Showing flexibility in its approach to the issue of phasing down of HFCs at the UN conference on Montreal Protocol here, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that nations should agree for an Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for phasing down of the greenhouse gas. 'Each country has its own Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. They are nationally determined, and of course not internationally determined,' Javadekar said about India's view on phasing down of HFCs at a high-level ministerial segment at the UN conference.

He said that India was ready to cooperate in solving the issue provided demands by the developing countries for technology transfer and finance are met.

Amid general perception among developing nations attending the conference that developed nations led by the US were forcing them to reach an agreement on HFCs, Javadekar said, 'If we create a politics of consensus....not imposing anything on anybody but respecting each other with mutual confidence and trust...and if we proceed further...I think that is the way forward for the Montreal and many other treaties...'

Urging convention of a three-day special conference of the Montreal Protocol, Javadekar said the mandate of the session should be to arrive at a solution for technology development, technology transfer and finance.

'A special dedication session can go a long way in furthering the way which we are dealing with the Montreal Protocol and take it to further level,' the minister said. India's approach on the issue was lauded by the NGOs attending the conference.

'I think the idea of the Indian minister to have a special meeting to discuss was a very good one and I think the countries should support it to move the agenda forward,' climate expert Chandra Bhushan told reporters here.

Javadekar's demand for a separate session comes in the wake of developed nations' refusal to make a commitment for alternative technologies and finance to developing nations where HFCs are widely used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

India made its position clear as the nations started informally debating the issue of management of HFCs — the climate-damaging refrigerant gas— at the week-long conference that began at UNESCO headquarters here on Monday.
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