Conferences

Paris climate draft goes into the final round

A ‘Draft Paris Outcome’ providing the final base text for the 195 countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to craft the Paris agreement was released on Wednesday evening.


Parliament must ratify WTO deals, say NGOs

Days ahead of the Nairobi meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for negotiations towards an agreement to open up global trade, civil society groups have urged the Union government not to under


Doing its bit in Paris, and then some

India’s carbon reduction pledges (the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs) have been labelled as medium or even weak by many global observers.


Vacate carbon space: India to West

Painted as a roadblock in the climate negotiations by many on its plans to use more coal and defer scrutiny for greenhouse gas emissions, India on Monday adopted an aggressive position


India open to non-binding talks on ‘new’ issues at WTO meet

In a significant change of tack to project a ‘positive’ approach, India on Monday said it was open to ‘non-binding’ discussions on new issues such as environment and labour that the rich world wants to initiate at the WTO coming Nairobi meet


‘Progressive Paris pact will unlock green funds’

India stands to gain from massive renewable energy investments and achieve energy efficiency in key sectors under a climate agreement, a global coalition of business organisations working on low carbon economic growth has said.


Call for pact on emission cuts

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, representing the two top emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, made a firm commitment at the Paris Climate Change conference on Monday to work for change


China hosts 1st BRICS media summit

China has taken the initiative for creating an alternative media platform for the emerging economies by hosting the first media summit of countries belonging to the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa


Climate change and the rise of hunger

As the Paris meet debates solutions to the former, it should address livelihood and productivity issues in farming and fisheries


Hopes rise for Paris climate deal

Paris prepares to host the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change conference beginning on Monday, raising expectations that the participation of nearly 150 Presidents, Prime Ministers


India for protection of poor farmers’ interests at Nairobi WTO meet

India wants SSM proposal to be taken up on a ‘high priority-basis’


Why India must up the stakes in Paris

India could argue that progression should be based on current starting points which reflect developed and developing countries’ differences


India to press for equity at climate talks despite pressure

In the run-up to the CoP, India has been engaging 60 countries ranging from the Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries to the developed nations to evolve a consensus.


The India Story, in word & deed

On his visit to Kuala Lumpur to attend the ASEAN-India summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in familiar form, pitching India as an investment destination to the East Asian countries.


India’s carbon caution in Paris

As nations prepare to meet in Paris to strike a long-term climate deal, the gap between what the science demands that nations do and the actions that they are prepared to undertake has never been starker


ASEAN to ease travel, mobility of labour

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was proclaimed a community through a declaration signed by the ASEAN leaders at its 27th Summit here on Sunday.


G20 nations narrow differences on climate change

The world’s largest economies narrowed their differences over the stand on climate change ahead of the COP 21 talks in Paris that start at the end of this month.


BRICS can give shape to G20, says Modi

He announced that development in harmony with nature was the goal of his joint proposal with French President François Hollande for an alliance of solar-rich countries at the time of COP-21 meeting later this year.


A checklist for success in Paris

Developing countries do not want to take up a head-on challenge with rich countries and many politicians do not realise that the international climate regime today is a fight for development space


PM’s visits to Turkey may not end political differences

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Antalya for the G20 summit (November 15-16) will focus on multilateral diplomacy, but the visit will also mark the beginning of his personal diplomacy with Turkey.