The minister, while reiterating what India echoed at the high level segment here, said that India has raised the issue of mobilising the $100 billion climate funds from developed to developing countries to help them reduce their climate footprint. He said the matter related to the finance (from developed countries) has to be taken forward and should be transparent, clear and straight.
"Sustainable development has also been included. Doha amendment is also part of it," he said. Commenting on the Pre-2020 agenda, the minister said that the it should have gone further, much more could've been done and that the developing countries are with India on this issue. "The way India is leading the developing countries and the way we are implementing and my experience from other countries, we are going on the right directions," he told IANS.
As per the Pre-2020 agenda, which was also agreed during Paris Agreement, it was agreed to keep the global warming due to emissions well below 1.5 degree Celsius as compared to the pre-industrial area.
Commenting on a difficult financial situation which might be created if the US President-elect Donald Trump reneges from the Paris Agreement, or pulls out of the entire convention (UNFCCC) to cut down the time for exit, the minster who believes in a "wait and watch" strategy, said that India will have to generate domestic resources anyway. "There is no escaping when it comes to climate change, so we have to look into resources anyway. Whatever help would come from outside is ok and beside that we will have to generate resource. Like we are doing it by imposing cess on coal so we will tackle the situation as it is created," Dave told IANS.
Speaking with Indian media here, the Minister said that though there were many attempts to drag the COP for various reasons, it did not happen and the negotiations moved forward on its track. "This I consider as a success of Marrakech. For us, we completed our ISA. We should not see this as a standalone. It has moved on the right track," he told the newsmen here.
The minister also pointed out that India now stands at 20th position at Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) against last year's 23. The COP22 is being held at Marrakech, Morocco and is building up on the negotiations held at last conference in Paris at COP21. Hailed at COP of actions, not much could have been done, especially on the finance section and the agriculture where developing countries have their reservations and concerns over food security.