Tuesday, September 29, 2009

'kuch mahol banta hai’

No no no no no!!! Don’t believe after all the present talks on climate change are political monks!! Talk.

Jairam Ramesh, the Union minister for Environment and Forests says:

  • The UN convention is really a talk festival. It is not a negotiating forum -- it is a forum where presidents and prime ministers of the world are going to make political statements and reinforce the consensus for arriving at an agreement at Copenhagen.
  • We are not even going to have serious discussions. As they say in Hindi, 'kuch mahol banta hai', an atmosphere will be created. But the real work is being done in the negotiating forum.
  • Of course there are difficulties we are facing. The US is finding it very difficult to make meaningful commitments on emission cuts for the year 2020. We are insisting on 2020 because in the year 2050, who knows, none of us are going to be around to be held accountable.
  • The EU has made an offer for a cut by 2020, as did Japan, but not the United States. But without getting into finger-pointing and the blame game, what I am trying to convey is that India has not caused the problem, but India wants to be part of the solution. India wants to be a deal maker and not a deal breaker at Copenhagen.

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