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France: India key player in climate change convention

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New Delhi:  French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius said India will play a vital role in the discussions of the upcoming session at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP-21) under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be commenced from November 30 to December 11 in Paris, France.

The Paris conference will officially be the 21st annual meeting of the COP since the formation of UNFCCC in 1992, and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties since it was instated in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol earlier consented but not by the United States.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande are expected to cooperatively launch the International Solar Alliance recommended by India.

Laurent Fabius, who held discussions with Modi and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar before the essential summit, called India as a “key” actor in the climate change convention. He also added in an interview with a news agency that resolutions “cannot” be accomplished without an agreement with significant countries like India.

Noting that India will not only participate, but realistically enhance the scheme, he further asserted that he is sure that India would provide influential answers to numerous concerns during the summit apart from “steering” other nations northwards.

He significantly commented on the developing relations between both the countries, to emphasise on the collaborative steps by the nations.

“India, for many reasons is the key player and a close friend. It is important that we could understand what the approach of India is when it comes to the summit. The presidency should be impartial and help to find solutions. But the solutions cannot be found without the consensus of the country like India,” said Fabius.

Both the ministers acknowledged to work for an impartial, realistic, inclusive and aspirational treaties, established on the doctrines of Convention of equity, and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR&RC).

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Conflict and Climate Change Largely Responsible for Rising Global Hunger, Finds Study

Climate change it says is worsening the ability of people to get enough to eat

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Somalis fleeing hunger in their drought-stricken nation walk along the main road leading from the Somalian border to the refugee camps around Dadaab, Kenya. VOA

A new report by SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, finds conflict and climate change are largely responsible for rising global hunger.

More than 800 million people around the world are going hungry. SIPRI reports 60% are in conflict-affected countries. It says political instability and conflict-related displacement generate food crises.

The Stockholm research institute says food is often inaccessible to people caught in conflict. It says limited supplies of these commodities cause prices to spiral, making food largely unaffordable.

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The report finds nearly 11 million people, or more than 43 percent of the population, are undernourished and in a perpetual state of hunger. Pixabay

Climate change it says is worsening the ability of people to get enough to eat. It says hunger is growing as crops and livelihoods in impoverished countries are wiped out by extreme flooding and drought.

The U.N.’s World Food Program reports Yemen suffered the worst food crisis last year, followed in order of severity by DR Congo, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and northern Nigeria. WFP spokesman, Herve Verhoosel says these eight countries account for two-thirds of all people facing acute hunger.

“Even in conflict-affected areas with limited access such as South Sudan and Yemen, when we can do our job safely and have consistent access to people in need, we can prevent the worst forms of hunger,” he said. “We only see famine now when our staff are not able to reach the food-insecure people due to insecurity or where our access is blocked.”

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Climate change it says is worsening the ability of people to get enough to eat. Pixabay

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Verhoosel says more than 113 million people in 53 countries suffer from acute hunger and are in urgent need of food, nutrition and livelihood assistance. He notes conflict and insecurity are the main drivers of hunger in 21 of these countries.

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. Each year it provides food assistance to nearly 90 million people in areas affected by conflict and natural disasters. (VOA)