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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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France Hopes To Revive Efforts To Regulate Internet Cyberspace With ‘Paris Call’

Large U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Alphabet's Google would sign up too.

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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Paris Peace Forum at the Villette Conference Hall in Paris, France, VOA

France and U.S. technology giants including Microsoft on Monday urged world governments and companies to sign up to a new initiative to regulate the internet and fight threats such as cyberattacks, online censorship and hate speech.

With the launch of a declaration entitled the ‘Paris call for trust and security in cyberspace’, French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping to revive efforts to regulate cyberspace after the last round of United Nations negotiations failed in 2017.

In the document, which is supported by many European countries but, crucially, not China or Russia, the signatories urge governments to beef up protections against cyber meddling in elections and prevent the theft of trade secrets.

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Alister Shepherd, the director of a subsidiary of the cybersecurity firm FireEye, gestures during a presentation about the APT33 hacking group, which his firm suspects are Iranian government-aligned hackers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. VOA

The Paris call was initially pushed for by tech companies but was redrafted by French officials to include work done by U.N. experts in recent years.

“The internet is a space currently managed by a technical community of private players. But it’s not governed. So now that half of humanity is online, we need to find new ways to organize the internet,” an official from Macron’s office said.

“Otherwise, the internet as we know it today – free, open and secure– will be damaged by the new threats.”

By launching the initiative a day after a weekend of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, Macron hopes to promote his push for stronger global cooperation in the face of rising nationalism.

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The picture shows a warning sign for “cyber threats ahead”.

In another sign of the Trump administration’s reluctance to join international initiatives it sees as a bid to encroach on U.S. sovereignty, French officials said Washington might not become a signatory, though talks are continuing.

However, they said large U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Alphabet’s Google would sign up.

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“The American ecosystem is very involved. It doesn’t mean that in the end the U.S. federal government won’t join us, talks are continuing, but the U.S. will be involved under other forms,” another French official said. (VOA)