India asks rich nations to 'walk the talk' on climate change issues

WarmingNEW DELHI: India on Friday said it was time for developed nations to "walk the talk" in addressing climate change with four BASIC nations jointly asking rich countries to take lead in dealing with the pollution induced global warming in accordance with their "historical responsibilities.''

"What we found out is that even on the mitigation front, actions of developing countries like South Africa, Brazil, China and India, are more concrete than the developed world", said Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar.
"It's a high time that the developed world should walk the talk", he said after the ministerial meeting of the BASIC nations —Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

In what may be a bold step to showcase their actions at international forum, Javadekar said, "I will suggest that we will make a compendium of what we have done and put up before the forthcoming UN Climate Summit meeting in September.''

The summit on climate change will be hosted by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in New York on September 23 for generating "political momentum on climate action" ahead of the December climate deal negotiation talks in Lima, Peru.

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