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India not fully satisfied with new climate draft

By The Assam Tribune

PARIS, Dec 10 - India today said several of its concerns, including voluntary pledges of nations on climate change, have not been incorporated in the new draft which �is the starting point for the final push� as negotiators raced against time to reach an accord to fight global warming.

India also said that the goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degree Celsius from pre-industrial times will require developed countries to �massively� reduce their emissions and �scale up� the financial support to developing countries.

�I must stress that the concept of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) is a great innovation and has proved a game-changer. It has enabled the participation of over 186 countries. Yet, INDCs are not even mentioned in the draft,� Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The first draft of the Paris Outcome, prepared after two days of high-level ministerial deliberations, was released by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday at the crucial climate change conference scheduled to end tomorrow.

The draft negotiating text is now of 29 pages down from a 43-page version and was circulated to all the negotiating countries.

India strongly put across its point that durable agreement at Paris �cannot� be crafted by �diluting� historical responsibilities, or by putting the polluters and the victims at the same level. � PTI

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