Nepal submitting climate change pact endorsement today

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today discussed the country's official stand on the Copenhagen climate change accord, whose endorsement deadline ended today.

PM Nepal is said to have discussed the accord with the representatives of various political parties and taken their feedback.

Thakur Prasad Sharma, Minister for Environment said, "We discussed the accord with the representatives of the political parties and we took their suggestions."

The Copenhagen accord is not yet legally binding as it needs endorsement from nations that participated in the conference in Copenhagen in December last year. January 31 had been set as the deadline for the submission of nations' stance on the accord to the secretariat.

"We have clarified some points of our interest and have confirmed to send the documents to the secretariat at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) so as not to obstruct the process that makes the accord legally binding," said Purusottam Ghimire, joint secretary, Ministry of Environment.

"Most of the countries have already sent their written commitment supporting the accord and we will also send it by tomorrow," said Ghimire. "We have received the information that the annex one countries (Developed nations) and most of the African nations have already submitted the endorsement letter to the UNFCCC secretariat," added Ghimire.

Nepal, however, has demanded the temperature rise of up to 1.5 degree Celsius as tolerable but the accord mentions 2 degree rise as tolerable. "We stand by our demand but there would no meaning of denying the accord when most of the nations have supported it," said Ghimire.

Further, experts at climate change council suggested that Nepal should push for technology transfer and clear financial mechanism on adaptation fund for the least developed countries. "We advised some points which are in the nation's interest," said Professor Madan Koirala, member, climate change council.