Climate financing area of worry: FM seeks clarity on $100 bn pledge

Holds talks with World Bank chief

Climate financing area of worry: FM seeks clarity on $100 bn pledge

Nirmala Sitharaman

Washington, October 16

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said climate financing continues to be an area of worry as she flagged India’s concerns over funding mechanism and technology transfer.

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Her remarks came ahead of the upcoming COP26 summit to be held at Glasgow in the United Kingdom. Leaders of nearly 200 countries, including India, will gather at the high-level summit on climate change, scheduled to be held from October 31 to November 12, to discuss the way forward to tackle climate action and submit their updated targets.

Sitharaman said it is unclear how the USD 100 billion per year commitment given in the wake of COP21 has been extended.

“From my side, of course, one of the issues that I did raise and it is also something which many people do take cognisance of, is we actually don’t know if there were any measures given to measure if money spent on a particular project by somebody will be part of that USD 100 billion,” Sitharaman said after the conclusion of her meetings at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank here on Friday.

“So, what constitutes USD 100 billion? How do we measure if actually USD 100 billion has been given or only some of them had been given? So, not just that USD 100 billion per year is coming or not but how do we measure that it is indeed coming or not, is also one of the issues,” she said.

Sitharaman said several participants, both in the IMF and World Bank meetings, highlighted this particular issue. “So funding is continuing to be a question of worry for many countries, as much as even the transfer of technology,” she said.

“The issue is, again, as much as it is in the fund, do we know which technology that we are asking for transfer? Do we know which are those things which have to be considered for the debate and transfer of technology,” she said. — PTI

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