GLOBE India MPs on Monday had an elaborate discussion on the possible solutions for Climate Change with French delegation led by Mr Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, and H.E. Mrs Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations and Special Representative of the French Government for COP21.
GLOBE India members told the French delegation on July 27, 2015 that the Developed countries must meet its commitment to create a Green Climate Fund (GCF) of 100 Billion USD per year by 2020 to ensure smooth transition to clean technology.
During their free-wheeling interaction, the Indian legislators pointed out that after having announced the GCF, developed countries were dithering from contributing for the Fund.
While India was committed to adopting low carbon technology and work towards the success of the Paris meet in December, the Indian side wanted to see the objectivity of the road map created by the developed world. There was indirect hint by all that the success of the Paris meet in December would depend more on the commitment of the developed industrialised countries to meet their obligation on climate change.
Though the French side pointed out problems of fund mobilisation for GCF due to economic problems in some developed countries, Mr Nicholas said France was committed to the Fund and much more. He asserted that France would work with other Developed countries to achieve this goal.
However, when GLOBE India Vice President Anurag Thakur sought to know what the other mechanism was if the GCF of 100 Billion USD failed, Mr Nicholas replied that this fund could also be generated through private contribution. He stressed the need to develop mechanism for better utilisation of this Fund. He also proposed giving very cheap loans to developing countries for climate change initiatives. This could come to as low as 1-2 per cent, he opined.
When the French side spoke of complicated issues such as Patents, etc, that came in the way of passing on crucial technologies to developing countries to fight climate change, GLOBE-India President Bhubaneswar Kalita sought to know if saving humanity was important or safeguarding patents. Nicholas replied that saving humanity was important and something must be done to work out modalities for passing on green technology at cheaper rate to developing countries.
The French side agreed that reaching a consensus of 195 countries was not an easy task but considering the fact that the entire humanity was at stake due to increase in temperature, all countries would take a stand that was good for the entire mankind. Each country has argument that is strong in its context, both Mr. Nicholas and Mrs Laurence said.
From the Indian side, those present included GLOBE India representatives Mr Bhubaneswar Kalita (Rajya Sabha), Mr P D Rai (Lok Sabha), Mr. Vivek Gupta (Rajya Sabha), Mr. Anurag Singh Thakur (Lok Sabha), Mrs. Vandana Chavan (Rajya Sabha), Mr. Kalikesh Narayan Deo (Lok Sabha), Mr. V. P. Singh Badnore (Rajya Sabha), Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal (Lok Sabha), Advocate N K Sawaikar (Lok Sabha). Among others who attended included Pranav Sinha, Director of GLOBE India. The French side was represented by Mr Nicolas Hulot, H.E. Mrs Laurence Tubiana and Mr. François Richier, Ambassador of France.