In early December, the nations of the world will meet in Paris to finalize the much anticipated renewal of the global climate agreement.
We are pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion in the build up to Paris, to examine India’s domestic interests and the resultant strategic implications for our negotiating approach to the Paris Agreement.
9:00 to 9:30 am - Registration
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Session I: Understanding Development-Climate Linkages: What are India’s Interests?
The Paris agreement will, significantly, be built around each country’s stated national contribution or ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contribution’ (INDC). Being ‘nationally determined,’ INDCs are meant to be driven by each country’s specific circumstances. The first panel will address the following questions: How does India’s INDC articulate the linkage between development and climate mitigation and adaptation? In particular, to what extent are there positive complementarities between the two and to what extent are there trade-offs?
Chair: Dr. D. Raghunandan, Delhi Science Forum
Dr. Tejal Kanitkar, Tata Institute for Social Science
Dr. Radhika Khosla, Centre for Policy Research
Dr. Sharachchandra Lele, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
11:00 am to 11:30 am – Tea
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Session II: Leverage Up or Leverage Down? Exploring Elements of a Negotiating Approach
At Paris, several contentious issues remain for the final round of negotiations, largely centred on the linkage between ‘bottom up’ INDCs and ‘top-down’ elements of the global regime. As a country with unmet development needs which will require substantial growth in energy consumption, but also a country that is deeply vulnerable to climate change, India faces an important balancing act at Paris. The second panel will address the following questions: Should India seek to ‘leverage up’ the Paris Agreement to strengthen the top-down elements, and can we do so while ensuring our interests as a developing country with energy needs are met? Or should we be prepared to ‘leverage down’ the agreement, preserving space to use fossil fuels, but at the risk of weakening the global agreement?
Chair: Dr. Navroz K. Dubash, Centre for Policy Research
Mr. Nitin Desai, Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations
Amb. Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, Former Climate Negotiator, IFS (Retd)
Prof. Lavanya Rajamani, Centre for Policy Research
1:00 pm onwards - Lunch
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