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Quick Edit | Climate coordinates

Quick Edit | Climate coordinates
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First Published: Mon, Oct 31 2011. 12 54 AM IST

A glacier meeting the ocean in Antarctica (Bloomberg)
A glacier meeting the ocean in Antarctica (Bloomberg)
Updated: Mon, Oct 31 2011. 12 54 AM IST
Coordinating joint positions in most multilateral negotiations is often tricky. In spite of common interests, divergence, and not convergence, is the norm.
A glacier meeting the ocean in Antarctica (Bloomberg)
When it comes to climate change, outright treachery is the norm.
So it is a matter of some satisfaction that India has been able to arrive at a shared vision with Brazil and South Africa (the so-called IBSA group) on the subject. A joint declaration earlier in the month at Pretoria reaffirmed this. Equity and differentiated responsibility of countries was a key element in the statement. Now, India wants to include China as a partner in this venture.
If China does come along, it would certainly make for a formidable bloc. But there’s danger here. Cutting side deals whereby some countries keep on chanting the mantra of equity while one big one gets a cozy deal—with bargains made elsewhere—is very real. India should be alert to that possibility.
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First Published: Mon, Oct 31 2011. 12 54 AM IST