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India announcement brings Copenhagen deal a step closer

07 December 2009

As the Copenhagen Climate Summit - the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to give it its full name - kicks off in earnest, the Government of India's pledge last week to cut the carbon intensity of its economy by 20-25% below 2005 levels by 2020 means that all the world's major countries have now brought forward their initial offers on how they plan to cut their emissions.

The Indian announcement, coming in the wake of a similar pledge by China and a provisional commitment by the United States, gives a timely boost to negotiations as governments gather in Copenhagen for two weeks of negotiations aimed at securing a deal that will set the world on the path to low carbon prosperity. With nearly a hundred heads of government due to attend the Summit at the end of next week, The Climate Group is confident that countries can make history and seal an ambitious agreement.

Mark Kenber, The Climate Group's Policy Director said: "Given that only months ago, few countries were prepared to discuss cutting their emissions with any seriousness, the Government of India should be congratulated for having come forward with a its domestic target. As a developing country with low per capita emissions and facing the task of lifting millions of its citizens from poverty, India's pledge suggests that nations are now realizing that stopping climate change is good for the economy.

"The goal in Copenhagen is for all countries now to build on their domestic commitments and work together to raise the overall level of ambition. We are confident that they can do so." Kenber added.

The Climate Group will be following the Copenhagen talks closely, with staff at the Summit covering all the major issues and providing regular updates on this website.

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