UNION Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar today met with a six member French delegation led by Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Mr. Laurent Fabius in New Delhi. During the discussions Mr. Javadekar said part of the Green Climate Fund could be utilized to finance differential cost of IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights) which would help developing countries adopt cutting-edge technologies and enable their transition into climate resilient development.
During the discussions, the Minister assured India’s positive engagement in the climate change. He highlighted the initiatives taken by the Prime Minister in the state of Gujarat by setting up a separate Department of Climate Change at the state level and other initiatives on solar and renewable energy sources during his tenure as the Chief Minister. Signifying India’s focus on Climate Change Shri Javadekar added that the new government had changed the nomenclature of the Environment Ministry by adding “Climate change” to it. Shri Prakash Javadekar also emphasized on the Government’s focus on poverty eradication and providing energy access to all which would ensure Sustainable-Balanced development.
Mr. Fabius appreciated the suggestions made by the Minister and hoped India would act as a bridge between developed and developing countries in the series of discussions on the 2015 Agreement. The French Minister extended an invitation to the Minister to attend forthcoming meetings in Paris (Major Economies Forum) & Berlin (Petersberg Climate Dialogue). The two Ministers also discussed global Environmental problems, responsibilities of Developed Countries, need for sustainable and balanced Development, need for Poverty eradication and future road map for Climate change.