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Updated: October 21, 2009 21:49 IST

India, China sign MoA on climate change

Aarti Dhar
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Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh and Vice Chairman Minister, National Development and Reform Commission, China, Xie Zhenhua after signing a pact at the inauguration of India-China Joint Workshop on National Actions Plans on Climate Change, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
The Hindu Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh and Vice Chairman Minister, National Development and Reform Commission, China, Xie Zhenhua after signing a pact at the inauguration of India-China Joint Workshop on National Actions Plans on Climate Change, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Reiterating that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol are the most appropriate framework for addressing climate change, India and China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a partnership in the area for strengthening dialogue and practical cooperation.

They agreed to set up an India-China Working Group on Climate Change that will hold annual meetings alternately in China and India to exchange views on important issues concerning international negotiations and domestic policies and measures.

The MoA was signed by Xie Xhenhua, vice chairman, National Development and Reform Commission of China, and the Minister of State (Independent charge) Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, at a workshop on National Action Plans on Climate Change of the two countries here.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ramesh said there was no difference between the Indian and Chinese negotiating positions and both were working closely for a fair and equitable outcome at Copenhagen in keeping with the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and the Bali Action Plan.

“The implementation of the MoA will usher in a new scenario and take cooperation on climate change between the two countries to a new high,” Mr. Xie said through an interpreter.

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