South Asia and Beyond

Climate Change Impacts Foreign, Defence Policies

NEW DELHI: India’s main priority at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, better known as COP28, which begins November 30 at Expo City, Dubai, will be to hold developing nations to their financial pledges, believes Dr Dhanasree Jayaram, Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics & International Relations, Manipal University.

Dr Jayaram, whose areas of expertise and interest include the impact of environmental issues on military and foreign policy. says the developed nations are still not doing enough, while developing countries like India were trying to pick up the slack. This can be seen from the fact that almost 90 percent of India’s funding of green energy and other initiatives were funded domestically, she said. But if India plans to achieve its Climate targets, including turning net zero by 2070, it requires a trillion dollars of external funding. She also agrees that the most vulnerable and fragile states are receiving the least support.

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