7 February 2010

Valedictory Session


He illustrated that besides climate change there are three broad concerns - unsustainable lifestyles of people in industrialized countries; depletion of natural resources at an unprecedented rate; and rapid destruction of ecosystems. Solutions to these issues lie in - pricing, technology, role of markets, conservation of forests, adaptation and monitoring - each of which lies at the heart of the climate change debate.
He highlighted the strategy being adopted by India in its commitment towards dealing with climate change. He emphasized on the various measures being taken to enhance energy efficiency in the power, transport and select industries. He also highlighted that the country had a plan to expand its solar capacities to 20,000 MW by 2020.
He reiterated the need to address the challenges of climate change keeping in mind the equity dimensions. Co-benefits of mitigation measures are seemingly attractive and therefore a number of actions can be taken in this context. He mentioned that there might be setbacks on account of institutional arrangements and the role of regional development banks would be crucial. Between now and Mexico, he mentioned that small strides can be taken atleast in pushing forward the agenda of the REDD plus and financial support.
Mr Yvo de Boer Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn   Mr B K Chaturvedi Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India   Dr R K PachauriDirector General, TERI

He said that at Copenhagen there were essentially two decisions taken on consensus basis - continue discussions under the Bali Action Plan, and negotiations under the Adhoc Working Group of the Kyoto Protocol.
Mr Shyam Saran Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Climate Change, Govt. of India        

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