COP 28: The Loss and Damage Fund stands as a victory for India to a certain extent as well. We've played an important role in pushing for more focus towards adaptation efforts
India must sustain its momentum and advocacy at UN COP28, actively engaging in global climate action and urging developed countries to make increased commitments and financial contributions, according to Dr. Ashish Chaturvedi, Head of Action for Climate and Environment at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India.
The COP28 in Dubai commenced with a significant breakthrough, as countries swiftly reached an agreement on the operationalisation of the Loss and Damage Fund.
This fund aims to compensate developing and vulnerable nations, like India, which bear the brunt of the climate crisis despite contributing minimally to it. Dr. Chaturvedi commended India's positive intent and its pivotal role in emphasising the need for greater focus on adaptation efforts.
Expressing the view that the Loss and Damage Fund marks a victory for India, Dr. Chaturvedi emphasised the necessity of continued advocacy on this front. He raised crucial questions about the fund's location, pondering whether it should be situated in the global north or south, as this choice would significantly influence its operations.
Dr. Chaturvedi stressed that India should maintain its momentum and advocacy efforts throughout COP28, urging developed nations to provide more commitments and finances.
He highlighted UNDP's engagement at both national and state levels, working closely with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on national adaptation communication and collaborating with state governments to enhance climate change action plans.
Focusing on key sectors such as water, agriculture, and Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDP's initiatives at the state level aim to strengthen climate resilience.
Dr. Chaturvedi shared examples of on-the-ground projects, including the "SECURE Himalaya" initiative in the Himalayan regions and the transformative "Bihar Rural Livelihood Mission," supported by Japan. The latter involves the installation of solar cold storages, benefiting over 5,000 women farmers and contributing to financial independence.
Acknowledging India's positive contributions and leadership in both adaptation projects and broader climate negotiations, Dr. Chaturvedi underscored the crucial role India plays in setting the stage for significant deliberations during the latter stages of the conference.
The global climate talks, with participation from over 100,000 individuals representing 198 countries, highlight the urgency and breadth of the collective effort needed to address the climate crisis.