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India all set to push for political statement ahead of Copenhagen

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Even as the world fails to arrive at any consensus on climate change ahead of the Copenhagen meet scheduled for December, India is all set to come up with a statement at the end of a high level conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Transfer to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 22.

“We expect to come up with a Delhi Declaration on technology and climate change at the end of the two-day conference which will be taken forward at Copenhagen,” Minister of State (Independent charge) Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh told The Hindu here on Monday. All countries have been invited for the conference where the Maldivian President will be the chief guest. While most countries will be represented by their Environment Ministers, several heads of states have also confirmed their participation.

Another important meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Environment Ministers will also meet here on October 20th where some kind of a regional agreement is expected. The very next day, India will hold a bilateral dialogue with China on the National Action Plan on Climate Change of the two countries.

The key sectors that will be discussed are agriculture, industry, transport, power and forestry. China will be represented by Xie Zhenhua, vice-chairman, National development and Reforms Commission.

Next week, the government will launch the Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) that will undertake an ambitious programme of climate change assessment for India. Coinciding with this will be a report on “Climate Change and India: Towards Preparation of a Comprehensive Climate Change Assessment” providing an overview of a major ongoing scientific programme to assess climate change and its impact on India. This endeavour brings together 127 research institutions and over 220 scientists from across the country.

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