PM to revive consensus on climate change

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Copenhagen, Dec 18: Prime minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Copenhagen late at night on Dec 17,  expecting to revive the dying consensus on mitigation actions and finances and transfers of green technologies to developing countries agreed in the Bali Action Plan.

However, Singh is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao to bring a consensus between the developing countries prior to the Summit level meeting of the 110 countries on Dec 18.

"The UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol embody the international agreed regime for addressing the global challenge of climate change," Singh had said before departing for Denmark.

Singh is expected to emphasis the need to continue talks on climate change based on the consensus adopted in Bali Action Plan of 2007 and the UNFCCC.

The Bali Action Plan and UNFCC provides for nations to engaged themselves in commitments which can be comparable to the agreements in Kyoto protocol, if nations do not want to be part of the Kyoto protocol.

India and the other developing countries has agreed to voluntarily cut carbon emissio but has refrain from accepting 'peaking' years or a legally binding reduction of carbon emmission.

The BASIC ( Brazil, South Africa, China and India) countries has also decided to disallow international monitoring of its domestically funded voluntary mitigation actions.

Although reports have been submitted by the two negotiation groups Adhoc Working Group (AWG) on Long Term Cooperative Actions and the AWG on Kyoto Protocol, the summit which has been held to arrive into international agreement on climate change is unlikely to achieve its desired result.

US president Barack Obama, British prime minister Gordon Brown, French president Nicholas Sarkozy are expected to attend the Summit.

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