The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation (BECA), the last of the India-U.S. foundational agreements, needs deeper analyses. Its over-emphasis on imaging overlooks the potential clash between the telecom and meteorological technologies, which can hurt India’s crucial capabilities in space-based weather forecasting and disaster management.
Solving global issues, such as climate change, working towards the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting free trade – these are some of Japan’s aims as president of the G20, says Hideki Asari, Charges d’Affaires ad Interim, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, who was part of an India-Japan Dialogue organised by Gateway House recently
November was a significant month for climate change negotiations: the Paris Agreement of 2015 came into effect, and at this year’s COP22, heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to a plan of action. Gateway House traces the history of climate change negotiations and CO2 emission trends over the last four and a half decades.
Making the climate change transition involves an unprecedented reallocation of capital – and the task is to build the financial architecture that can deliver these flows within deadline. COP-22 has to raise more, cheaper and better quality finance for climate action.
Tevita Motulalo discusses changing geopolitical partnerships in the Pacific Islands, post-COP21, and the irreparable damages of Climate Change on the Pacific.
COP21 could have spelled doom for India’s growth push if it had insisted on a peak emissions year for all participants, or spelled out explicit restrictions on coal. It has done neither, and continues to recognise the principle of differentiated responsibilities
COP21 is a reality check for those who like to believe that geopolitical power is shifting from West to East. The just-concluded Paris Climate Summit was essentially about the early-to-develop Western powers continuing to exercise almost complete control over global governance structures, largely through the dominance of markets.
December 13 will bring curtains down on climate change talks at Paris, but the sharp ideological divides between rich countries and developing nations will continue to play out at World Trade Organisation’s 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, beginning on December 15
An unspoken war has been waged between India and the U.S. at the COP21 Summit in Paris. If the West wants India to opt for more expensive energy options, then they must also reciprocate by sharing technology.
The Paris Climate Talks, also known as COP21, began on a positive note. However, four days into it, the optimism to reach an agreement seems to be fading away. Rajni Bakshi, Gandhi Peace Fellow, and Amit Bhandari, Energy and Environment fellow, Gateway House discuss happenings at the conference.