Negotiating the Watershed Climate Agreement: India’s role in the Paris Summit

3:30–5:15 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


About the Speaker 
Ravi Shankar Prasad is Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and represents India as the Chief Negotiator in bilateral and multilateral meetings on Climate Change. He is also the focal point for India with regard to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He is a 1990 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Assam- Meghalay cadre, and before joining MoEF in 2013, served in the Government of Assam in various key positions including Secretary Finance, Tourism, Labour and Employments and the Forests Department.

The COP21 agreement signed in the Paris Summit represents a watershed for climate change negotiations. India played a critical as a champion of developing nations' interests insisting on "common but differentiated responsibilities", but also led the way for global solutions with the creation of the International Solar Alliance. The talk outlined India's climate change negotiation positions over time, its record in mitigation and adaptation, and the role it played during the Paris Summit.