India has been taking concrete actions to step up its climate change activities ranging from hosting ministerial meetings, to spurring the private sector, to participating in the climate change movement. The last quarter of 2019 saw several events, meetings, and programs in which private sector, non-governmental organizations, and ministerial groups’ came together to address climate change.
IPCC Working Group Meets on Climate Change in Delhi
India hosted the Second Lead Author Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report at New Delhi.
The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) examined topics such as the link between consumption, behavior and greenhouse gas emissions, and the role of innovation and technology. The report also assessed mitigation options in sectors such as energy, agriculture, forestry and land use, buildings, transport and industry.
The IPCC Panel is due to consider the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report at a plenary session on 12 to 16 July 2021. The complete new IPCC assessment report will be released in time to inform the 2023 global stock take by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when countries will review progress towards the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming to well below 2°C while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.
India High Level Panel on Circular Designing and Sustainability
The first India high level panel on theme of Circular Designing And Future Of Sustainability took place in Delhi in November 2019. The panel was organized under support from the Swedish Institute, Stockholm based public diplomacy entity under the ministry of foreign affairs of the Swedish Government. It sought to delve deeper into practical and functional aspects of the circular economy, its design, application, and potential opportunities.
This panel was curated and directed by Pooran Chandra Pandey, Senior Adviser to Swedish Institute’s Delhi Chapter and conceptualized as a multi-stakeholder forum to galvanize innovation across industry sectors aimed at the production of more sustainable products and services.
Poor air quality in Delhi
The air quality of the national capital remained ‘very poor’ for the seventh consecutive day further deteriorating to the ‘severe’ category in some parts of the city during the month of December.
The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali festival that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR and advising people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment.
It is notable that the air quality issue in Delhi is not of its own making; the smog during the winter comes from neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana due to stubble and residual agriculture product burning, creating serious disputes between central and sub regional governments.
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Climate Scorecard would like to appreciate the Indian government for continuing its focus on mechanisms to combat climate change and for advocating a joint action by state governments, private sector, non-governmental organizations and communities on the ground.
Mr. Prakash Javadekar
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, Ali Ganj, Jorbagh Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India,
Telephone (off): +91-11-23384340, 23384784, 24695132
This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard India Country Manager Pooran Chandra Pandey