The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that it has given its statutory approval to the negotiating position of India at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Katowice, Poland from 2-15 December 2018. This is in continuance to the previous sanction dated 28th November 2018.
The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The principal focus of meeting was to decide guidelines for execution of Paris Agreement in post 2020 stage. India’s approach was guided by principles and provisions of UNFCCC and Paris Agreement predominantly the principles of Equity and Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capability (CBPR-RC).
India restates its commitment to Paris Agreement and highlighted its leadership during the COP-24 by reuniting its pledge to execute the Paris Agreement fully in a collective manner.
In line with India’s conventional ethos of protecting environment, Government of India has taken numerous initiatives to tackle climate change concerns under the leadership of Narendra Modi and these initiatives replicate India’s pledge towards climate action.
The push for renewable energy leading to achieving about 74 GW of installed renewable energy capacity including about 24 GW from solar; leading the world in its pursuit of enhanced solar energy capacity through International Solar Alliance; energy efficiency measures etc,.
Parties have also settled to commence the work on setting up the new collective finance goals post-2020 from the floor of US$ 100 billion.
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