UN Climate Talks: India acquires key role in technology transfer for fighting climate change, Seeks funds to help protect Intellectual-property rights; Kyoto Protocol extended to 2020; President Pranab Mukherjee: India eminently suited for permanent membe
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  • According to reports, after taking a leading role in an agreement for a mechanism on transferring of expertise to developing countries, India acquired a key role in technology transfer for combating climate change. The Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council has been selected as one of the nine institutions comprising the Climate Technology Centre and Network that forms the core of the technology mechanism. This mechanism would enable the developing countries to access technology that would help them deal with adverse effects of climate change. 1 Meanwhile, India is also seeking a fund to help protect intellectual-property rights while aiding the transfer of clean-energy technologies to developing countries grappling with climate change.2

    In other developments, almost 200 countries extended the Kyoto Protocol to the end of 2020 which obliges around 35 industrialised nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions until the end of 2020. However, Russia, Japan and Canada among other countries have withdrawn from the treaty. 3

    According to reports, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community and the UN Security Council to unite and take decisive action to end the Syrian conflict. He added that only a political solution could end the violence in Syria. 4

    While addressing the 13th International Conference of Chief Justices from around the world, President Pranab Mukherjee said that India is eminently suited for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. He added that India fulfilled all the criteria including population, territorial size, gross domestic product, past and ongoing contributions to the activities of the UN. 5