17 Dec : Seeking a constructive approach to move forward in the global efforts to combat climate change, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said India is willing to do more provided there are “credible” arrangements from rich nations on financial support and technology transfers.
“Climate change cannot be addressed by perpetuating the poverty of the developing countries,” Singh said in a statement before his departure for climate change summit in Copenhagen.
He said India, as a responsible member of the international community, has announced that it will reduce the emissions intensity by 20-25 per cent in 2020 as compared to 2005.
Singh noted that India has also launched a comprehensive Action Plan on Climate Change and the eight National Missions have been set up.
“We are willing to do more provided there are credible arrangements to provide both additional financial support as well as technological transfers from developed to developing countries,” he said.
Singh’s remarks come as negotiations in Copenhagen have hit a roadblock with no headway being made on agreement on emission cuts, mitigation targets and financing.
The scheduled departure of Prime Minister was delayed today for few hours as the special Air India Aircraft developed some technical snag.
It is likely to go around 5 pm now for Copenhagen. Earlier it was scheduled to leave at 2:40 pm.