india for common accounting rules before review of climate a

Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh

At the recently concluded Bonn talks, India rejected the developed countries' demand for starting analysis and review of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) even before a registry of such actions was prepared and common accounting rules were framed.

The Indian position was that review could be done only if it was known what was to be reviewed and that was not possible unless a detailed registry of national actions was prepared.

Moreover, India wanted that common accounting rules were in place before any assessment of NAMAs was done, participants in the Bonn talks told UNI.

NAMAs are a set of policies and actions that countries undertake as part of a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The term was first used in the Bali Action Plan as part of the Bali Road Map agreed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007, and also formed part of the Copenhagen Accord in December 2009.

The main component of the Bali Action Plan were four--Mitigation, Adaptation, Technology, and Financing.

Measurable, reportable and verifiable nationally appropriate mitigation commitments or actions by all developed countries, and; Nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity-building was the crux of the Plan.

It was agreed that NAMAs seeking international support will be recorded in a registry along with relevant technology, finance and capacity building support. These supported nationally appropriate mitigation actions will be subject to international measurement, reporting and verification in accordance with guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Parties.

Later, at Cancun India agreed for International Assessment and Review of these national actions.

At the Bonn conference, the western countries insisted that the process of review should begin without delay, but India said that without an elaborate registry of these actions, such exercise would be meaningless.

Moreover, there was so far no clarity over the composition of the experts group who would review the NAMAs.

In addition to that India made it clear that there should first be common accounting rules on the basis of each country's actions could be assessed.



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