NEW DELHI: The government today gave its ex-post facto approval to the country's approach to climate change negotiations at a recent UN summit in Marrakesh in Morocco, a move aimed at safeguarding the interest of the poor and vulnerable groups.
"The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its ex-post facto approval to India's approach to climate change negotiations at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), held in Marrakesh, Morocco during November 7-18, 2016," an official statement said.
The approval aims at safeguarding the interest of poor and vulnerable groups by laying stress on adaptation, loss and damage while protecting the development space.
"Approval to India's approach to climate change negotiations at the COP is intended to safeguard the interest of poor and vulnerable groups by emphasising on adaptation, loss and damage, and protecting the development space.
"It incorporates the interest of all strata of society in the country," the statement said.
It said that growth and development of a country are linked with greenhouse gas emissions.
While combating the ill-effects of climate change, the development space for India and developing countries needs to be preserved.
"The approach outlined in the note enables the achievement of this goal and also seeks to address the adaptation needs of the country," it added.
India after the conference had said that it participated in it "constructively" to ensure that actions are based on the principles of equity and climate justice.
India in association with developing countries, was able to ensure that climate actions are based on the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and climate justice, it had said.