PM May Attend Copenhagen Climate Summit

With US and French leaders asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend the Copenhagen Summit on climate change, he is yet to decide about attending the meet, though there are indications that the PM may
pm may attend copenhagen climate summit - India TV
PTI November 30, 2009 11:37 IST

With US and French leaders asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend the Copenhagen Summit on climate change, he is yet to decide about attending the meet, though there are indications that the PM may attend the meet.

India is expected to strongly pitch for legally binding substantive outcome to deal with the challenge posed to the world.

Singh told reporters on his way back home after attending the Commonwealth summit in Port of Spain, that he has not made up his mind yet on attending next month's crucial summit.

"I have not decided yet. It is pre-mature to say," Singh said.  After talks with Singh on the sidelines of the just concluded CHOGM summit in Port of Spain, French President Nikolas Sarkozy had said, "India has nothing to lose and everything to gain by being in Copenhagen. If India is to be heard, it needs to be present." 

According to present plans, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is due to represent India at the summit that will kick off on December 7.  Some 80 presidents and premiers are expected to attend the final days of the conference on December 17-18.

Obama might use his December 9 drop-by at the Copenhagen conference on his way to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway to announce a US offer on financing.

Ahead of the meet, India has made it clear that there was no question of taking any binding carbon emission cuts.  It has also indicated that there will be a coordinated approach among emerging economies including Beijing and New Delhi.

"There cannot be any emission cuts... that is what we have said and this is also which is something what the developed countries have said," the pointsman on climate change Shyam Saran said.

"That they (industrialised nations) don't expect countries like India, actually to sign on to emission reduction target but rather to sign to a deviation from business as usual," he said. 

Saran's views came after India and China along with other developing nations forged a common front to put pressure on the developed nations at the UN summit. 

He dismissed notions that there was any pressure on India to take on legal emission cuts at the forthcoming meet and instead referred to various voluntarily steps taken by it whether it was in terms of renewable energy or improvement in energy efficiency. PTI

 
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