On 7 December 2014, the Indian environment minister chose the GLOBE COP20 Legislators Summit in Lima to make a landmark announcement on India’s intentions on climate legislation.
Freshly arrived from Delhi, Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and former GLOBE India President, told delegates:
I am happy to announce here that in the next budget session we are going to introduce comprehensive climate legislation which will ensure a better environment.
Looking ahead to the High-Level Segment of the 20th UN Climate Conference (COP20) starting in Lima this week, he identified climate finance as “a real issue” and that the Global Climate Fund must “become a reality.”
He noted that the INDCs (Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions) were a “major departure from and way forward from 1992” but that “now things have changed. Everybody realises the danger of climate change and therefore now the INDC concept suggests that every country will take actions and they will declare it. So, INDC is a way forward and is a major achievement.” But he warned that he saw “Heated debates on climate finance” ahead and on the INDCs and ADP elements as these were still under the UNFCCC mandate and incorporated the principle of equity, CBDR and ADPs (adaptation, mitigation, finance and technology).
Minister Javadekar spoke of progress in India with the Prime Minister’s recent announcement raising the country’s target for solar power five-fold from 20 GW to 100 GW by 2022. “How much coal will not burn” the Minister remarked, saying every country could take steps.
He concluded by encouraging GLOBE International to redouble its efforts because “Legislators are the main force for raising awareness and creating pressure on the ruling government for strong legislation and a strong action plan.”
Reflecting on the Minister’s announcement, Graham Stuart MP, Chairman of the GLOBE International Board, said:
First China announced at the GLOBE Legislators Forum in Tianjin in 2010 that it would bring forward comprehensive climate legislation, now India’s Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has made the same announcement for India at GLOBE’s COP20 Legislators Summit.
Mr Stuart added: “Minister Javadekar, as a former President of GLOBE India, is taking forward policies to protect the future of India and contribute to the solution of a global problem. He and the Modi government should be congratulated on another step towards all countries accepting their responsibility to act on behalf of their own citizens and mankind as a whole.”
Adding his support for the Minister’s announcement, Bhubaneshwar Kalita MP, President of GLOBE India, said:
I welcome the announcement by the Hon. Minister to bring climate legislation into the Indian Parliament. This will take us a step ahead towards a climate friendly nation.
Looking ahead to GLOBE International’s strategy of engagement towards COP21 in Paris in 2015, GLOBE International Chief Executive, Malini Mehra said:
The coming year is arguably the most important in GLOBE International’s 25-year history. GLOBE International is well positioned to make a powerful contribution to the UNFCCC negotiations, raising ambition and bringing accountability through our planned parliamentary hearings in 2015. Minister Javadekar is one of three former GLOBE India legislators who now serve as ministers in Prime Minister Modi’s government. Today’s announcement has raised the prospects for India’s positive contribution to UN climate talks and a successful outcome in Paris in December 2015.
GLOBE International is an international network comprising national parliamentarians from over 50 countries committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development. It was founded in 1989 by legislators from the US Congress, European Parliament, Japanese Diet and the Russian State Duma with the mission to respond to urgent environmental challenges through the development and advancement of legislation. GLOBE is a non-party political organisation that supports legislators through national chapters to develop and advance laws on climate change and sustainable development.
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