New Delhi: In a shocking development in its tryst with climate change issues, India was the only country to have skipped a crucial diplomatic Climate Meet at London to be held this week. India is the world’s third biggest emitter. Its poignant absence from the crucial diplomatic gathering is a big setback in the global effort to tackle global climate change.
Of the total 51 participating countries, India was the lone country that didn’t attend a two-day ministerial meeting in the U.K capital, hosted by the incoming president of the COP26 United Nations talks, according to people present at the summit who asked not to be named.
The climate conference was mapped out to lay the groundwork for a successful COP26, which is due to take place in Glasgow in three months time. COP26 President Alok Sharma has said it will be the last chance to ensure global temperature increase doesn’t exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius – the lower limit of the Paris Agreement. A group of 20 meeting last week failed to clinch a more ambitious agreement on climate, and India was a key holdout.
*Excerpts from NDTV