English Release 12-December 2013
- President's Secretariat
- President of India launches innovative “In-Residence” programme for writers, artists and innovation scholars on birthday
- National roll-out of Plan Accounting and
Public Finance Management System also known as the
Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System
- Proposal for regularization of Pay scales of below Board Level Executives in Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd., NHPC Ltd., North East Electric Power Corporation, THDC India Ltd. and SJVN Ltd. w.e.f. 01.01.1997
- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)
Central sector integrated scheme on agricultural cooperation during 12th five year plan
MSP for Copra for 2014 season
Approval of Integrated Mission for Development of Horticulture during 12th Plan
Continuation of ongoing State Plan scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) during 12th Five Year Plan
Implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Livestock Health and Disease Control
Continuation of central sector Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Census, Economics and Statistics during 12th Plan
- Approval for modification and continuation of Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme during the remaining period of 12th Plan
Continuation of the District Component of the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme in the existing form during 2013-14.
Approval to set up an Alternative Investment Fund Category I and for receiving contributions from international investors
- Department of Atomic Energy
- Funds for Bhavini
- Relaxation For American Company
- Rare Earth in the Country
- Foreign Equipment Supply
- Power Plants In The Country
- Loss Due to Agitations
- Department of Space
- Launching of GSLV D5
- Min for Develop. of North-East Region
- Budget for North-East Region
- Min of Civil Aviation
- World Class Facilities at Major Airports
- India Second in Air Traffic Growth
- Recommendations on Regional Air Connectivity
- New Crew Management System Introduced
- Committee Recommends AAI to Operate Airports
- Night Landing Facility at Tuticorin
- Advance System at IGIA
- Min of Commerce & Industry
- Indian Delegation Files Past Mortal Remains of Nelson Mandela
- Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
- National Consumer Helpline Records 6604 Calls in November, 2013
- Min of Corporate Affairs
Amount Credited to the
Investor Education and Protection Fund
- Most Recommendations of The Damodaran Committee Taken Into Account In The Companies Act, 2013
Exemption from Competition Act
Measures to Prevent and Deal with Occurrence of Frauds
Enquiring Into Irregularities of Corporates
- Min of Defence
India Will Continue To Strengthen Defence Relations With Maldives: Antony
- Min of Earth Science
- Global Warming
- Weather Forecast
- Ministry of Finance
- Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) Signed Between India and Government of UAE to Boost Investment Flows Between the two Countries
- Government Approves Two Proposals of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Amounting to About Rs. 97.85 Crore
- DRI Asked to Focus on Better Trade Facilitation, Use of Latest Technology and Sharing of Information with Other Intelligence Agencies for Achieving Optimal Results
- Min of Heavy Ind. & Public Enterprises
- Investment in Micro Finance Institutions by PSUS
- Fund Transfer from Instrumentation Limited (IL), Palakkad
- ‘Miniratna’ Central Public Sector Enterprises
- Safety Regulations for Vehicles
- SC/ ST Employees in Public Sector Undertakings
- Min of Home Affairs
- Shri T.K.Vinod Kumar Assigned Additional Charge of Director NPA
- Min of Human Resource Development
- Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir
- Min of Minority Affairs
- Setting up of Minorities Development and Finance Corporations
- Digitisation of Records of State WAQF Boards
- Educational Backwardness of Muslims
- Disadvantaged Persons
- Welfare Schemes for Minorities
- Min of New and Renewable Energy
- Alternative Energy Sources
- Solar Power Stations in Bihar
- Generation of New and Renewable Energy
- Electricity Generation from Solar and Other Renewable Projects
- Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
- CMD ONGC hands over Dividend Cheque of over Rs 2900 Crore to Dr Moily
ONGC Pays 100% Interim Dividend for the Year 2013-14
- Global crude oil price of Indian Basket increases marginally to US$ 107.75/bbl on 11.12.2013
- Min of Power
- Discussions with Bangladesh Regarding Hydro-Electric Projects In Manipur/Meghalaya
- Government is closely monitoring implementation of Power Projects to prevent delays, says Power Minister
- Ministry of Railways
- Private Investment for Development of Railway Infrastructure
- Pilot Project for Automated Information of Moving Rolling Stock
- Provision of Mobile Train Radio Communication on Indian Railways
- Loss to Indian Railways Due to Train Accidents
- Re-Categorisation of Some Duronto Trains
- Indian Railways Provide Technical Assistance to Neighbouring Countries
- Setting Up of New Packaged Drinking Water ‘Rail Neer’ Bottling Plants
- Provision of Anti Collision Mechanism as a Pilot Project on Indian Railways
- Indian Railways Plan to Improve Passenger Amenities at 24 Identified Railway Stations
- Provision of Toilet Facilities in DEMU and MEMU Coaches
- Development of Logistics and Terminal Infrastructure on Indian Railways
- Rail Links with Bangladesh
- Min of Road Transport & Highways
PPP Projects Awaiting Environmental Clearance
Length of National Highways Converted Into Four Lane
Repair of National Highways Damaged By Heavy Rain and Floods
- Min of Science & Technology
- Science Centre
- Committee on Research
- Min of Shipping
- New Facilities at Visakhapatnam Port Trust
- Developments of New Major Ports in PPP Mode
- Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
- Assistance by Nbcfdc to Backward Class People in Rajasthan
- Reservation in Employment in Private Sector
- Centres Working for Upliftment of Disabled Persons
- Care of Mentally Retarded Persons
- Mandatory Care of Old-Aged Parents
- Budget for Upliftment of SCs and OBCs
- Min of Statistics & Programme Implementation
Statement of Srikant Kumar Jena on Index of Industrial Production
Statement of Srikant Kumar Jena on Consumer Price Index
- Consumer Price Index Numbers on Base 2010=100 for Rural, Urban and Combined For the Month of November, 2013
- Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production and Use-Based Index for the Month of October, 2013 (Base 2004-05=100)
- Ministry of Water Resources
- Withdrawal of Fresh Water
- DDP and DPAP Areas
- Incentives for Groundwater Conservation
- Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting
- Judicious Use of Water
- Planning Commission
- Strenthening Panchayati Raj
- Special Plan for Bihar
Ministry of Environment and Forests16-December, 2011 14:16 IST
|Suo Moto Statement in Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C) on Durban Agreements
|Following is the uncorrected text of a Suo Moto Statement made by Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) in Lok Sabha today: - |
I rise to make a statement on the deliberations held in the United Nations climate change conference in Durban last week. The decisions taken in the Durban Conference have implications not only for the protection of global environment but also for sustainable growth in our country.
The climate change conference is held every year under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. The key aim of the Durban Conference, this year was to complete the ongoing work as per the Bali Road Map. At Bali in 2007, it had been decided that the implementation of the Convention will be enhanced by a series of steps on finance, technology, adaptation and mitigation. At the same time, it had been decided that the Parties to Kyoto Protocol will finalize their targets for second commitment period commencing from 2013.
The negotiations in the two tracks have been going on for the last four years. The Copenhagen Conference held in 2009 which had to finalize the targets for developed countries during the second commitment period failed to take the necessary decisions. The situation was partially retrieved at Cancun last year when some of the decisions relating to Bali Action Plan could be finalized and some Parties agreed to indicate their voluntary pledges for emission reduction. However, the decisions regarding the Kyoto Protocol could not be taken and all aspects of the Bali Action Plan were not fully implemented.
Durban Conference was held against this background. Operationalizing the Cancun agreements was one of its important tasks. This included work on the transparency arrangements for mitigation pledges and actions, setting up the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Committee, and the Climate Technology Centre and Networks. At the same time, it had to complete the unfinished work in respect of the Bali Action Plan and the Kyoto Protocol. It had also been agreed in Cancun that legal options will be explored in Durban to implement the relevant decisions in a legally appropriate form.
India has followed a clear, consistent and compassionate strategy to the climate change negotiations. Our stand in these matters has always been based on equity and the principle of common but differentiated responsibility. At Durban, we were also conscious of the fact that the term of the Ad-hoc Working Groups on Kyoto Protocol and Long Term Cooperative Action was coming to an end. We, therefore, considered it important that the decisions relating to the Kyoto Protocol and the Bali issues were concluded in Durban.
Against this background, I am happy to inform the House that the Durban conference has taken some important decisions in relation to these issues.
The Durban Conference has established the second commitment period for the developed countries that are Party to Kyoto Protocol. The targets have been decided through a decision in Durban. These targets will now be converted into actual emission limits in 2012 at the next session of the parties in Qatar. A time frame of 5 years till 2017 has been given to the Kyoto Protocol Parties for ratification of the targets and the emission limits.
This is a major achievement, considering the fact that this decision had been delayed by almost two years because of the insistence of main Kyoto Protocol Parties on a single and comprehensive legally binding treaty, to be negotiated first and made applicable to all parties of the Convention. Durban decisions have ensured that the only legally binding protocol under the Convention i.e., Kyoto Protocol will continue for another 5 years into its second commitment period till 2017.
Another major decision taken in Durban was to begin a process to negotiate on the future arrangements for enhanced actions under the Convention. This is intended to raise the ambition of all Parties towards the global goal of climate stabilization. The Durban Conference has decided to launch Durban Platform for conducting negotiations on the arrangements for a future protocol or a legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force, to be finalized no sooner than 2015 and to be implemented not later than 2020. The new arrangements will be designed under the existing Convention and will hence, be subject to the relevant principles and provisions of the Convention including the principles of equity and the Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR).
A new ad-hoc working group has been set up to finalise the details. The arrangements will be negotiated in the light of assessment of progress made by parties in implementing their commitments and actions as per the Bali Action Plan and the Cancun agreements. 5th assessment report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the outcomes of 2013-2015 review and the work of the subsidiary bodies will be the basis of making assessment of the nature of arrangements needed.
The issue of an appropriate legal form for the future arrangements by 2020 was a matter of intense debate at Durban. As per the decision on Durban Platform, three options for the legal form of final arrangements were envisaged, namely: a protocol, a legal instrument or legal outcome. Some parties led, in particular, by the EU pressed for a form of agreement that should be legally binding on all Parties.
India has always believed that legal form should follow the substance. A legally binding agreement, by itself, is no guarantee for increased ambition or its implementation. Some Kyoto Protocol Parties have recently made unilateral announcements to renounce their legal obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. This is a clear pointer to the fact that a legal form is useful only as long as the party is willing to abide by it. Moreover, India has always taken a stand that India cannot agree to a legally binding agreement for emissions reduction at this stage of our development. Our emissions are bound to grow as we have to ensure our social and economic development and fulfill the imperative of poverty eradication.
Some Parties led by the European Union wanted to delete the option relating to ‘legal outcome’ which was originally mooted by India., We successfully resisted this pressures and in turn suggested a similar expression ‘agreed outcome with legal force’ which found acceptance with all the Parties. The post 2020 arrangements, when finalized, may include some aspirational CoP decisions, binding CoP decisions, setting up of new institutions and bodies, and new protocols or other legal instruments as necessary to implement the decisions covering various issues with various degrees of binding-ness as per domestic or international provisions of law under the Convention.
I must clarify that this decision does not imply that India has to take binding commitments to reduce its emissions in absolute terms in 2020. India has already announced a domestic mitigation goal of reducing the emissions intensity of its output by 20-25% by 2020 in comparison with 2005 level. This goal is relative in nature and allows India’s emissions to grow as the economy grows. Our National Action Plan on Climate Change is designed to meet this objective. Further steps to implement a strategy that will meet this domestic goal are being taken as part of implementation of the 12th Five Year Plan.
India ensured that the new arrangements in 2020 are established under the Convention. This will ensure that the principles and provisions of the Convention will continue to apply to the arrangements to be developed. India will negotiate the nature of agreed outcome strictly in accordance with the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibility as provided under the Convention.
Further, the Durban decision mandates that the ‘outcome’ has to be agreed by all parties before it is implemented through legal arrangements having force. The decision allows India the necessary flexibility over the choice of appropriate legal form to be decided in future. This choice will be guided by our national development imperatives and the principles of the Convention.
We are fully conscious of the immense responsibility that the Durban decisions have now placed on us. It is of paramount importance that the issue of equity is brought to the centre-stage of negotiations in future. With this objective in mind, India had proposed at Durban that the issues of equity, unilateral trade measures and technology related intellectual property rights should be included in the agenda of the conference of parties.
I am happy to inform that the importance of the issue of equity has been recognized and the Ad Hoc working Group on Long term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) has decided to organize a workshop on the matter next year. The deliberations of the workshop will inform the outcomes on relevant issues under the working group whose term has been extended till December 2012. The importance of the other two issues has also been noted by the CoP and the issues are now part of the discussion text that is under consideration of the AWG-LCA for decisions in Qatar next year.
CoP-17 also took an important decision of establishing the Green Climate Fund, which will commence its operations immediately with an interim Secretariat and a Board. The Fund will help a large number of vulnerable countries in taking effective mitigation and adaptation actions. India played a facilitating role in ensuring that the Fund is established in Durban. Substantial progress was also made in relation to operationalizing the Adaptation Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Networks.
India participated in the conference with an open mind and constructive spirit. Our primary objective was to protect India’s long term interest in the climate change negotiations. In this matter, we have been guided by the political consensus that has been the hallmark of our national position on the issue of climate change ever since this matter became a global concern decades ago.
Next few years will be a period of intensive negotiations on the future arrangements. We will continue to pursue a vision of the future that is rooted in the Convention and its principles. I am confident that the house will continue to share this vision of the Government and support the future steps that will have to be taken. I remain willing to be guided and advised.
KP/DB Climate Change Conference in Durban (16.12.2011)
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