Countries should meet their pre-2020 climate commitments: Javadekar

countries should meet their pre 2020 climate commitments javadekar

The idea of climate action should not be to move the climate ambition goalpost to 2050, and countries must fulfil their pre-2020 commitments, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.

Representing India at the UN Security Council open debate on “Addressing climate-related risks to international peace and security”, Javadekar said climate action needs to go hand in hand with the framework for financial, technical and capacity-building support to countries that need it.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement negotiated under the Framework are the central mechanisms for climate action in a nationally determined manner based on certain fundamental agreed principles, the foremost amongst is “Common but Differentiated Responsibility and Respective Capabilities”, he said.

Citing the 2019 IPCC Special Report “Climate Change and Land” which said extreme weather and climate or slow-onset events may lead to increased displacement, disrupted food chains, threatened livelihoods, and could contribute to exacerbated stresses for conflict, the Minister said even the best science available claims that climate change only exacerbates conflict and is not a reason for conflict and does not threaten peace and security…

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