India will lead ‘global carbon budget’ debate: Jairam Ramesh

June 28th, 2010 - 9:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, June 28(ANI): Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday said that India will take the lead on global carbon budget, and will initiate a debate at the next Climate Summit to be held in Cancun, Mexico, this year.

Ramesh said this while addressing a conference on ‘Global Carbon Budgets and Equity in Climate Change’ in Mumbai.

In his keynote address, he said that the global climate accord must include the principle of a climate budget.

“In the next six months in the run-up to Cancun, India must and India will take the leadership role on the issue of a global carbon budget, and on the issue of equitable access of global atmospheric space,” Ramesh said.

Declaring the essence of equity as a ‘matter of survival’, he said that India would not compromise on it in principle.

“India cannot and will not accept any international agreement in which equity is absent, in which equitable access to global atmospheric space is absent,” Ramesh added.

The minister further highlighted that India will not gain from the carbon budget since the country is a new player in game of high growth.

India has the backing of China, South Africa and Brazil on the concept of Climate Budget. (ANI)

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