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Climate justice has won, no winners or losers: PM Narendra Modi on Paris deal

PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that the outcome of the Paris Agreement, which was adopted by more than 190 countries to join the fight against global warming, had no winners or losers and climate justice was the lone winner.

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Modi said that deliberations of the COP21 and the Paris Agreement demonstrated the collective wisdom of the world leaders to mitigate climate change.

“Outcome of Paris Agreement has no winners or losers. Climate justice has won & we are all working towards a greener future. Climate Change remains a challenge but Paris Agreement demonstrates how every nation rose to challenge, working towards a solution,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

After two weeks of rigorous negotiations, a legally-binding pact seeking to limit global warming to below 2 degree Celsius – will come into effect from 2020 – reached after nearly 200 countries reached a landmark deal to fight global warming and accepted the final draft of an ambitious ‘climate change agreement’.

On the crucial financing issue, though developed countries agreed to muster at least 100 billion dollars a year from 2020 to help developing nations, it was not included in the legally binding section of the deal following objections by the US.

The deal ended decades-long rows between rich and poor nations over how to carry out a multi-trillion-dollar effort to cap global warming. The pact, which is partly legally binding and partly voluntary, is the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions. Key blocs, including G77 group of developing countries, and nations such as India and China supported the proposals.

Welcoming the deal, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Today is a historic day. What we have adopted is not only an agreement, but we have written a chapter of hope in the lives of 7 billion people.”

Environment groups said the Paris agreement is a turning point in history and spelt the demise of the fossil fuel industry, pointing particularly to the significance of the 1.5 degree Celsius goal.

US President Barack Obama called the accord “huge”, and touted US leadership in reaching the agreement.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde hailed the accord as a critical step forward for addressing global climate change in the 21st century. In a statement, Lagarde said her key message is to price carbon right.

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