Environmental Issues

The 2009 United Nations Climate Conference, commonly named as the Copenhagen Summit, was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 7-18 December.
Created On: Dec 11, 2010 14:23 IST
Modified On: Mar 31, 2011 14:24 IST

The 2009 United Nations Climate Conference, commonly named as the Copenhagen Summit, was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 7-18 December. According to the Bali Road Map, a framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 was to be agreed upon. The Copenhagen Accord was drafted by the US, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. This accord was not “recognised” but not “agreed upon.” It was not passed unanimously. The document recognised that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the present and that actions should be taken to keep any tempreture increases to below 2o C. The document is not legally binding and does not contain any legally binding commitments for reducing CO2 emissions. One part of the agreement pledges US$ 30 billion to the developing world over the next three years, rising to US$ 100 billion per year by 2020, to help poor countries adapt to climate change.

India at Copenhagen
Though disappointed, India pledged to work through the coming year for a better deal. India played active part in drafting of the document. Now India is also chalking out strategies to achieve greater energy efficiency and a shift to renewable sources of  energy. India has already launched a national solar mission for establishment of 20,000 MW solar generation capacities by 2020.

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