NEW DELHI: With the revised draft of the climate agreement failing to resolve differences between the developed and developing nations, negotiators from countries across the world were huddled together to iron out their differences. The negotiations are expected to stretch late into the night and a revised version of the 29 page draft is expected by late Thursday.
India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar also expressed India’s disappointment at the draft stating that issues like climate finance and differentiation remains far from resolved. It also expressed surprise at non inclusion of INDCs, climate justice and sustainable lifestyles in the draft.
The French President Francois Hollande too admitted that there were "still difficulties" in the climate talks in Paris, especially on financing part.
"There are still difficulties, we are aware of them, on financing... There is also some resistance, particularly in relation to compensation for (climate-inflicted) loss and damage. We also need to ensure the commitments are not too far into the future," Hollande said.
"It is important in this last phase that we remind the negotiators why they are here. They are not there simply in the name of their countries... they are there to sort out the issue of the future of the planet," he added.
Meanwhile, Javadekar met US Secretary of State John Kerry. He called his meeting productive and said that he is hopeful that there will be more convergence.
Experts have already said the Paris climate summit now requires political solution to break the deadlock at the negotiations. Kerry’s meeting with Javadekar and US President Barack Obama’s call to Pm Narendra Modi is seen as part of those efforts only.
India has also pointed out that durable agreement at Paris cannot be crafted by diluting historical responsibilities or by putting the polluters and the victims at the same level. India has also made it clear that the agreement which is being crafted "must carefully" balance climate ambition and the principle of differentiation as both are equally important and one cannot have one without the other.