The final draft runs into 31 pages and asks countries to pursue the target of limiting the average rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degree celsius. But there is no clear roadmap elucidated that will ensure that this target will be achieved.
French President Francois Hollande made an impassioned appeal on Saturday to finalise a historic climate accord, that will for the first time get most countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, just before a draft of the final agreement was released. Nearly 200 countries are still involved in hectic parleys at the international climate change summit that has already crossed its Friday deadline. The release of the final draft will be followed by last round of negotiations and setting the tone for arriving at a deal, Fabius, the chair of the summit, said, “We have an ambitious and balanced agreement. This text establishes a long-term ambitious but necessary goal, also enables each delegation of the countries to return with their heads high.” Raising the political pitch and recalling the failed 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, Hollande said, “What is the point of all this work if we don’t take the deal? All the conditions are met. The landmark agreement for the planet is now ready.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The final draft runs into 31 pages and asks countries to pursue the target of limiting the average rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degree celsius. But there is no clear roadmap elucidated that will ensure that this target will be achieved.Notably for India the principle of common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR) was included in the text while issues relating to finance were also resolved. Union minister for environment, forests and climate change Prakash Javadekar backed the final draft text, signalling India’s support for a climate accord. “We are happy that India’s concerns have been taken care of in the final climate draft of the negotiating text. It is a balanced text and a way forward.” The minister, though, is expected to raise certain reservations India has about the text during the next plenary session. While going to press, negotiators had still not returned after studying the text of final draft. The ministerial negotiations are expected to go beyond midnight Saturday, sources said and French foreign minister will personally speak with ministers to iron out last minute differences.