COP24 24th Conference of Parties to UNFCCC begins Katowice, Poland
The 24th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP 24) to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began at Katowice, Poland. COP-24 is expected to finalize guidelines for implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in 2016. Delegates from nearly 200 nations are participating in COP24. Indian delegation to this conference is led by Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
- India expects that COP-24 will be able to frame guidelines, which are pragmatic and gives due consideration to challenges and priorities of developing countries. India considers that the outcome of COP-24 should be balanced, inclusive, and consistent with principles and provisions of Convention and its Paris Agreement.
- India strongly supports the objective of the Paris Agreement to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial revolution period. India considers it important as it is linked to the issue of poverty eradication.
- India will highlight its concern for climate change and reaffirm its commitments to finalization of the Paris Agreement Work Programme. This agreement also focuses on developing countries need to adapt to adverse impacts of climate change, in the manner that it does not put the additional burden on them.
- India will be setting up the pavilion to create awareness about India’s positive climate actions in various sectors of the economy. The theme of Pavilion is ‘One World One Sun One Grid’ as highlighted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018.