Citizen’s consultation on climate and energy

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NGO News Report :: Citizen’s consultation on climate and energy ahead of COP21 at India chapter of global citizen’s initiativeorganized by TERI. Today was held in Delhi the World Wide Views debate on climate change and energy, organized by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) at the India Habitat Centre. This was part of a global initiative from the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

More than a hundred Indian citizens representing a variety of backgrounds was present to participate in this consultation. This day-long debate was opened in the presence of Dr Leena Strivastava, Acting Director general, TERI, and H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India.

The very same day, thousands of people around the world had a debate on the same issues, starting at dawn in the Pacific region and continuing until dusk in the Americas. France, as chair of COP21, will be interested in the results of this global consultation in the run-up to the Paris Climate conference at the end of the year.

The simultaneous meetings around the world focused on five thematic sessions:

• Importance of tackling climate change
• Tools to tackle climate change
• UN negotiations and national commitments
• Fairness and distribution of efforts
• Making and keeping climate promises

The results of this consultation for India were announced during the closing ceremony, chaired by Mr Nitin Desai, Member, Prime minister’s council on climate change, and H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India.

The results are available online on http://climateandenergy.wwviews.org/results/.

A summary for policymakers will be presented to policy makers during the intersession of the COP negotiations of 15th June.

This project has been initiated by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). France being chair of the next Climate Change Conference (COP21), it provided technical support through the French National Commission for public debate, jointly with the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Missions Publiques. This project is part of a series of initiatives to raise awareness and gather ideas and best practices in the lead-up to the COP21.

About TERI

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization deeply committed to every aspect of energy, environment, and sustainable development. From providing environment-friendly solutions to rural energy problems, to helping shape the development of the Indian oil and gas sector; from tackling global climate change issues across many continents to enhancing forest conservation efforts among local communities; from advancing solutions to growing urban transportation and air pollution problems to promoting energy efficiency in Indian industries, the emphasis has always been on finding innovative solutions to make the world a better place to live in. All activities at TERI move from formulating local and national-level strategies to suggesting global solutions tackling critical energy and environment related issues.

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