The Deadlock in Paris- Implications for India

The latest draft agreement agreed upon at the Paris negotiations has been whittled down from 43 to 29 pages. With still a100 or so bracketed uncertainties and dropping of critical provisions agreed upon the previous draft, the gridlock at Parisis no closer to being resolved. Even as the latest draft was released, key sticking points, except for the issue of adaptation,continue to divide the developed and the developing countries.These included: differentiation of responsibilities between developed and developing countries for the former’s historiccarbon emissions, climate financing for the developing and vulnerable countries, technology transfer to developingcountries without the barriers of intellectual property rights, and paying for loss and damage to the vulnerable and leastdeveloped countries for the rising climate-related natural disasters.