22nd October 2016, New Delhi
The Pre CoP -22 Consultation organized by Beyond Copenhagen, PAIRVI, and Oxfam India was held at Constitution Club, New Delhi on 22 October, 2016. The consultation was organized with the objective of discussing important concerns and challenges before the Marrakech COP and what to expect from the upcoming COP. Leading civil society organizations working on climate change and sustainable development concerns, media, policymakers and representatives from important actors/countries through their missions in Delhi took participate in the Consultation. Shri Anil Madhav Dave, Hon’ble Minister, Environment, Forest and Climate Change graced the occasion by being the Chief Guest along with Ambassador HE Tomaz Kozlowski, Delegation of EU to India.
Shri Anil Madhav Dave, Minister, Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, shared the important outcomes of the deliberation that took place in Kigali and the Pre CoP at Morocco. At Kilagi, India signed a self declaration to amend the Montreal Protocol and substantially limit the emission of HFC- 23. At Pre CoP in Morocco in October, Shri Dave pressed that solution to climate change lies in following a minimum carbon footprint lifestyle that has long been practiced in India. Sharing these thought, Mr. Dave held that India is trying hard for incorporation of these principles into the global negotiation on climate change. He also iterated that for the Paris Agreement to be implemented successfully, India should progressively work towards its NDC goals and take self disciplinary actions so that it can lay inspiring example before the world. The Minister also took attention to the idea that villages in India should become the focus development planning. Without proper implementation of the Forest Right Act and Panchayati Raj Act, sustainable development in the country is a distant dream.
Mr. Ajay Jha welcomed the Special Guest, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Joint Secretary, Climate Change Division, along with participants. Mr. Jha held 2015 as a significant year for the development agenda with countries meeting up in Addis Ababa in July to agree on new framework to finance the ambitious post-2015 development agenda, in September a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals were while at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. He also shared the biggest concerns of this year, besides implementation modalities of the Paris Agreement, is the lack of action on Pre 2020 action and efforts as most of the Pre 2020 efforts are being outsourced through non UNFCCC sources like the Kigali Agreement on HFC 23 reduction and ICAO agreement to cap carbon emission.
Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad laid the opening remarks and broadly discussed the deliverables from the Moroccan CoP. He shared that the Paris Agreement might have areas of concerns and satisfaction but, being a global, parties might need to comprise at places if the larger goal to reducing emission and bringing down global temperatures is to be achieved. Mr. Prasad shared that a recent OECD report shared with India in the Pre CoP claim that climate finance reached USD 62 billion in 2014 but apprehension exist on over-lapse and double counting where multiple public actors are involved in financing an activity alongside private finance. Therefore, the numbers provided by OECD and developed countries would be a matter of deeper scrutiny to verify the veracity of the claims made in their report.