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India constitutes Apex Committee for Implementation of Paris Agreement to ensure coordinated response on climate change

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Central government has constituted an Apex Committee for Implementation of Paris Agreement (AIPA). The AIPA has been constituted for the purpose of ensuring a coordinated response on climate change matters that protects the country’s interests and ensures that India is on track towards meeting its climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement.

The committee shall function to define responsibilities of concerned ministries for achieving India’s NDC goals and receive periodic information updates to monitor, review and revisit climate goals to fulfil the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

It will also develop policies and programmes, if required, to make India’s domestic climate actions compliant with its international obligations.  

India is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) whose objective is to achieve stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

India had submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in 2015 for implementation of the Paris Agreement in the post-2020 period. Implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement dealing with market, non-market and voluntary approaches, necessitate an inter-ministerial committee to supersede the National CDM Authority (NCDMA) constituted under the Kyoto Protocol.

The AIPA committee constitutes a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and 15 other members from different ministries.

The Member-Secretary of AIPA shall be responsible for day-to-day activities of the Committee. The AIPA shall furnish reports about its activity at least once in six months to the Central Government.

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