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FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1999

NEWS...
India’s Stand on the Kyoto Protocol


Item #d99mar37

Environmental groups in India (which leads the G-77 countries) see the principle of emission trading as essentially a U.S. proposal that sharpens and deepens the North-South divide, “an inequitable international agreement unfair to developing nations.” So, when Britain's Deputy Prime Minister and Environment Minister, John Prescott, arrived for talks, The Hindu (of Chennai, India) in its Mar. 11, 1999, edition reported that those groups feared that the U.K. was going to broker a deal with India and China on emissions-trading mechanisms. Leaders of those groups wrote to the parties involved in the talks urging them to “push for an equitable framework for the climate convention because developing countries cannot forsake the economic and environmental rights of their future generations.” After the talks, Suresh Prabhu, Union Environment and Forests Minister, categorically denied any negotiation on the Clean Development Mechanism and affirmed India’s position that an acceptable limit of carbon discharge to the atmosphere should be reached by setting emission limits on each nation on a per capita basis, reflecting every individual’s right to the atmosphere.

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