Sujata Byravan: No dilution of concept of “differentiated responsibilities”

Sujata Byravan: No dilution of concept of “differentiated responsibilities”

"By asking all countries to develop bottom-up commitments to reduce their emissions," she argues, "any differentiation among countries, whether rich or poor, has been diminished significantly."

"The phrase dynamic differentiation, predicated on periodic review, is now being used by some experts in the U.S. and in the European Union as a reinterpretation of CBDR. However, this is a dilution of the importance of historical obligations of rich countries which have contributed to more than half of the current greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and ignores the capabilities they developed through rising prosperity. These experts say we live in a world that is different from 1992 and that many developing countries today also have capabilities and responsibilities.” India, however, should oppose any substantial dissolution of the differentiation concept, Byravan argues.

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