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India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has rejected a proposed target of net zero emissions by 2050 for developing countries.
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The Paris agreement, designed to avoid catastrophic climate change, calls for countries to gradually bring the global population and global economy down to the lowest level possible.
“While we accept the principles of the Paris agreement, we stress that developing countries should be able to feed themselves and to achieve self-reliance in production and trade,” said a statement issued after a meeting of the grouping of developing countries at the United Nations.
Developing countries have long complained that only developed countries, most of which emit more CO2 and have more advanced economies, are being urged to cut their emissions.
“We emphasise that developing countries should be able to feed themselves and produce goods and services that they can export to other developing countries,” said the statement.
The statement said that currently, 120 countries are raising their ambition levels to reduce emissions.
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“We urge other nations to rise to the challenge.”
The statement said that countries were committed to adopting, enacting and implementing policies to combat climate change, “even if economic developments in some developing countries would impede progress”.