A day before leaving for the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) climate change summit in New York, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar took a swipe at Ban Ki-moon’s initiative. “Too many platforms add to confusion. We want to work on climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” Javadekar said on Friday. “I am saying this in general. It is good if discussions are carried out in other forums but the negotiations are to be held under the provisions of the UN convention,” he added, when asked if he was specifically referring to the UNSG summit.
UNSG had taken the initiative to call heads of states to his climate change summit at New York. But some countries have assessed that the summit undercuts the on-going negotiations under the climate convention for the 2015 global deal. At the formal climate talks, run by consensus, the developing countries hold a better negotiating space.