Don’t use the environment as pretext to deprive poor countries of development, India told the developed nations Tuesday in a telling message.
“The poor did not cause the problem of climate change, but they are now condemned to bear the brunt of its effects,” Amit Narang, a Counsellor at India’s UN Mission, said at a hearing on the post-2015 development agenda. “Universality and shared responsibilities cannot be a pretext for the abdication of historical responsibility or to legitimize the kicking away of the developmental ladder.”
Narang further laid emphasis on growth of the poorest of the poor–“Antyodaya”, as an expression of equity. Also, he criticised those notions which are focused on environmental problems and climate change rather than poverty eradication for development of a poor country. “Just as countries which have the largest numbers of poor have the larger responsibility to uplift their citizens to a life of dignity, similarly when it comes to the protection of the environment there are those who do have a larger responsibility in taking the lead,” he said.
While summoning, he indirectly stated that developed countries are putting pressure on the weak and poor countries to cut their carbon emissions at cost of development. He made it clear that cutting carbon emissions will prevent developing nations in becoming developed. He addressed the fact that nearly 1.3 billion people in the world are poor and are deprived basic necessities. Thus, this year’s UN meet should not only focus on the environment but should also give special attention to the poor and hungry.
“Clearly then, the moral, political, economic, and ethical imperative of eradicating poverty and hunger must be central and undiluted objective of the new agenda,” he said.