R K Pachauri

Pachauri defends govt on accord

Pachauri defends govt on accordR. K. Pachauri, head of the United Nations panel on climate change, on Wednesday said international “consultation” and “analysis” of unsupported domestic mitigation action in the Copenhagen accord would not challenge India’s sovereignty.

His statement came a day after Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s claims that India’s interests have been protected in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen accord must get legally binding by 2010

Copenhagen accord must get legally binding by 2010New Delhi, Dec 23 : Nobel laureate and U N Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman, R K Pachauri opined here on Wednesday that if India does not get a legally binding agreement by the end of 2010, then it would be losing valuable time.

Speaking at an event on the implications of the Copenhagen accord and sustainable development organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) University here Pachauri said the Copenhagen Accord does not compromise India''s sovereignty and no one can challenge the country on voluntary action it takes.

Copenhagen outcome good but not adequate: Pachauri

R K PachauriNew Delhi, Dec 23 : The Copenhagen Accord was a good outcome but not adequate to fight climate change, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chief R. K. Pachauri said Wednesday.

"We expected much more from the Copenhagen summit. We need to work very hard and come out with a legally binding commitment. There is a urgency to reach an agreement by the end on 2010 as we are losing valuable time. If delayed further, it will get very difficult and expensive to limit global temperature rise to two degree Celsius," said Pachauri.

Copenhagen Accord huge diplomatic challenge for BASIC countries: Pachauri

R K PachauriNew Delhi, Dec 23 : Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chief R. K. Pachauri Wednesday termed the Copenhagen Accord as a "huge diplomatic challenge" for the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries.

"A large number of African countries and the small island states and low lying countries should not feel alienated from positions of the BASIC group. It's a huge diplomatic challenge for the group that they carry all small countries with them," Pachauri told reporters here.

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