In Cancun, Discord Within G77 Over Adoption of Binding Climate Change Pact

As the U.N. climate conference in Mexico nears its conclusion, members of the Group of 77 developing countries are reportedly at odds over several nations’ last-minute efforts to push for the adoption of a legally binding pact on climate change.

India and Bolivia, along with China and the U.S., are against adopting such an agreement and are supported by several other developed and developing countries, particularly African nations, The Hindu reports.

Among those pushing for a legally binding treaty are Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. The group also includes Brazil and South Africa, which are among India’s closest allies on climate issues.

One of India’s primary issues against the push for a binding pact is that it was done “so late in the day,” the Hindu notes.

Jairam Ramesh, the country’s environment minister, said the country is not ready to commit to a legally binding agreement. He explained that India would only agree to a binding pact when three things become clear: content of the document, system of monitoring and the penalty for noncompliance.

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