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New Delhi : Ahead of the environment summit in Paris, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar  said the developed countries should come out with “more reasonable proposals” to fight climate change.

“India has pledged for an ambitious action plan to fight climate change. We hope for an equitable and just climate agreement in Paris, but the developed world will have to come out with more reasonable proposals,” he said during an online discussion with experts and citizens on ‘MyGov’ platform.

The minister referred to French President Francois Hollande’s statement that unless the developed world committed more finance and technological support, the Paris meeting could be a failure.

“I think, with this warning, coming from the French president, who is the host, the developed world will come out with more reasonable proposals,” he added.

Meanwhile, the minister also invited suggestions from people on various issues related to the environment.

Javadekar also announced that the best ideas would be awarded with a cash prize and a visit to a wildlife sanctuary.

The modalities of the contest would be announced on ‘MyGov’ platform soon, he said.

On October 2, India in its climate action plan pledged to cut emission intensity by 33-35 percent over the next 15 years.

The action plans of different countries would serve as the basis of negotiating an agreement, applicable to all countries, with an aim of keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius during the crucial 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties on Climate Change due in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11.

(IANS)

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London, Paris, Bangkok- Top 3 Travel Destinations in the Past Decade

Bangkok, London, Paris top 3 travel destinations of decade says a new report

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Paris is one among the most travelled cities in the world. Pixabay

While there has been significant movement in visitors to smaller cities, the top 10 have remained largely consistent over the past decade, with London, Paris and Bangkok grabbing the top three spots, according to a new report.

The top three overseas destinations for Indian travellers are Dubai, Singapore and Mecca, revealed the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019 which ranks 200 cities based on proprietary analysis of publicly available visitor volume and spend data.

Since 2009, the number of international overnight visitors grew an astounding 76 per cent, according to the report.

In 2019, Bangkok became the No. 1 destination for the fourth consecutive year, with more than 22 million international overnight visitors.

Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively, both hovering over 19 million.

When looking at the cities by dollars spent, Dubai tops the list with travellers spending $553 on an average per day. Mecca, new to the top 10 last year, remains at No. 2 for the second consecutive year, with Bangkok rounding out the top three.

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Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively, both hovering over 19 million. Pixabay

Between all of the destinations within the Index, arrivals have grown on average 6.5 per cent year-over-year since 2009, with expenditure growing on average 7.4 per cent, said the report.

Cities in the Asia-Pacific region have seen the largest increase in international travellers since 2009, growing 9.4 per cent.

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In comparison, Europe, which saw the second highest growth, was up 5.5 per cent.

This is spurred by the growth in Chinese travellers. Since 2009, China has jumped up six places to be the No. 2 origin country for travellers to the 200 included destinations – behind only the US, said the report. (IANS)