April 21,2017 | Source: Business Standard
India needs to "tell its story" about its efforts to address the issue of climate change, a top UN climate official said today while terming the country as an "important partner" in tackling the global problem. Stressing the need for engaging in a "deeper" dialogue, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said with population growth, there will be growth in emission levels in India and one needs to go beyond conversations related to which contributed how much to global emissions.
Espinosa, who was on a two-day visit to India, her first after assuming the office of the executive secretary in the UN body, said she was very "encouraged" with the dialogue she had with the government here. Addressing climate change does not mean that a country gives up its developmental aspirations, she said. "Regarding India, I have been very encouraged by conversations that I had yesterday about the way the country is addressing the challenges of sustainable development, how it is addressing the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change. "It is the right approach -- it is an approach which integrates the different areas of government and economy and that is absolutely necessary if we want to be successful," she