Group on International Research and Cooperation
Mr. Harlan Watson, U.S. Senior Climate Change Negotiator
and Special Representative visited New Delhi on April 29-30, 2002. He
called on Minister of Power, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, and Secretary, Ministry
of Environment and Forests, and met senior officials from Ministries of
Environment and Forests, Power, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Non-Conventional
Energy Sources and External Affairs.
Mr. Watson explained the climate change
policy announced by President Bush on February 14, the steps that the
United States is taking to achieve its national goals for mitigating projected
greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade and its approach towards
international cooperation on climate change issues. The Government of
India reiterated its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the basis of common
but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities of Parties
in addressing climate change. The Government of India further conveyed
its plans to host the 8th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change in New Delhi from October 23-November
1, 2002, and that it has initiated steps to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
The U.S and India agreed that they would
continue to work together in the spirit of cooperation and partnership
under the UNFCCC. In this context, the two sides announced their intention
to enhance ongoing collaborative projects in clean and renewable sources
of energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation. India also suggested
acceleration of support in fuel cells, photovoltaic technology, weather
early warning systems and climate modeling, and research and technology
development. They recognized that these projects would supplement the
existing cooperation between the two countries in energy and environment.
The two sides agreed to continue their bilateral dialogue.
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