The Road to Paris: second session of “COP21 Dialogues”
In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December this year, the Embassy of France in India is organizing a monthly seminar series, entitled: “The Road to Paris: COP21 Dialogues”.
Kolkata, 23 April 2015
The second session of this conference series, entitled “Supporting climate-resilient development in India”, took place on Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at the Alliance française du Bengale.
This event was organised in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and its Kolkata chapter.
This session was moderated by Dr V. Mathur, Senior Research Fellow, ORF. The speakers were Mr Sujan Pandit, Member, Governing body, West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA), Prof Sugata Hazra, Director, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, Dr Anurag Danda, Program Lead- Climate Change Adaptation, WWF India, and Ms Poonam Madan, Managing Director, INESA.
This session took up the challenges of mainstreaming climate adaptation in development planning in India, across the central and state planning processes. It highlighted how adaptation should be addressed with the prospect of a global agreement in Paris. This session also brought the issue of finance and technology provision under a multilateral agreement as being crucial for an ambitious adaptation agenda in India and other developing countries. Finally, opportunities for partnerships to include adaptation in both a multilateral agreement and through bilateral collaboration were discussed.
The next session of the ‘COP21 Dialogues’ will be held mid-May on the theme of technological transition.
Open to the public and hosted in partnership with various Indian think-tanks and NGOs, this seminar series provides a platform to address a range of themes and issues that are relevant to the upcoming negotiations in Paris: sustainable energy access; adaptation to climate impacts; technology development and transfer; financing mitigation and adaptation; climate change and health, and sustainable architecture.
The seminars seek to facilitate dialogue on these themes from the perspective of Indian stakeholders.
The Embassy of France in India is inviting speakers from various backgrounds and with different opinions to foster debate and dialogue. The conversations from the seminar series will be compiled in a report, which will be released before COP21 so as to provide greater visibility to opinions of Indian stakeholders on issues pertinent to the global climate negotiations.
The maiden session, which took place in Delhi on 23rd March 2015, was entitled “Energy for All: how can India pursue its goal of providing energy to all sustainably?”, and was moderated by Mr J.M. Mauskar, Member, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris in December this year. An effective and equitable international agreement will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degree Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate impacts. France, as the host and chair of COP21, is committed to the role of an impartial facilitator for forging an ambitious agreement at COP 21.