Environment Minister of India to Attend COP-24 in Poland

India's Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan attending the meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-23) at Bonn in Germany. Photo: Harsh Vardhan
India’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan attending the meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-23) at Bonn in Germany. Photo: Harsh Vardhan

The 24th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held at Katowice, Poland from 2nd December 2018 to 14th December 2018.

COP-24 is very significant as it is expected to finalize guidelines for implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in 2016. India’s Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan, will be leading a 17-member Indian delegation for COP-24.

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He said Saturday that India expects COP-24 to frame guidelines which are pragmatic and give due consideration to challenges of developing countries.

“COP-24 should give equal focus to all agenda items, and the outcome of COP-24 should be balanced, inclusive, comprehensive, and consistent with the principles and provisions of Convention and its Paris Agreement,” the minister said.

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He added that India strongly supports the objective of the Paris Agreement to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

India considers it important from the point of view of eradicating poverty and caring for the poor and the marginalized. The Agreement also focuses on developing country parties’ need to adapt to adverse impacts of climate change, in a manner that it does not put an additional burden on them.

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