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India, Mexico to discuss climate change


New Delhi : Ahead of the global climate change summit in Cancun, Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa touches down here on a three-day visit Sunday that will explore views on evolving a strategy for negotiations at the Nov 29-Dec 10 UN meet on combating global warming.

Espinosa will hold talks with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on issues relating to climate change, intensification of economic ties and the UN reforms. She will also meet Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Indian officials involved in climate change negotiations.

The two sides are expected to discuss the ministerial meeting in climate change in November that seeks to clarify rules on sharing future innovations on curbing global warming and existing technologies involving contentious intellectual property rights (IPR) issues.

India has consistently pushed for “a balanced and equitable” outcome of global climate climate change negotiations and has advocated the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities of developed and developing countries for curbing carbon emissions.

New Delhi also believed that the transfer of technologies and resources to enable developing countries to combat climate change hold the key to a positive outcome of global climate talks.

Cancun, a picturesque coastal city in eastern Mexico, will host the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Nov 29-Dec 10.

Global climate talks are said to be progressing very slowly with a UN meeting in Bonn early this month bringing out sharp divisions between rich and poor nations over combating global warming with both sides accusing each other of reneging on agreements they made at the Copenhagen summit last year to contain greenhouse gases.

The Copenhagen accord, in which India, along with China, Brazil and South Africa played a key role, has set the goal of capping the increase of global temperatures at 2.0 degree Celsius, but failed to secure the commitments needed to attain it.