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Climate summit falls short of expectations: PM
Published on 19 Dec. 2009 12:37 AM IST
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India Friday placed itself firmly on the side of the developing world as the Copenhagen climate summit reached its final hours, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying any global regime to tackle climate change must take sustainable development into account. “The outcome here at Copenhagen may well fall short of our expectations,” Manmohan Singh said while addressing an “informal high level segment” of the summit. “Nevertheless, it can become a significant milestone. I support the call for further negotiations leading to a legal treaty (to tackle global warming) in 2010.” US President Barack Obama, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South African President Jacob Zuma were among the world leaders who also spoke at the session. Manmohan Singh said: “As we embark on future negotiations, we’d do well to take stock of what we have learnt in the last two years. I draw 3 lessons. “First, the vast majority of countries don’t support any renegotiating or dilution of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in particular the principles of equity, the common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities” to act against climate change. The prime minister was reacting to concerted attempts by rich nations to push India to commit to a date by which its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) would peak. The emissions - mostly carbon dioxide and most of it from industrialised countries - are leading to climate change.

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