The objective of this report is to provide an independent assessment of the impact of the CDM with respect to promotion of sustainable development in host countries and transfer of technologies from the developed world to developing countries.

The UNEP Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project has released a guidebook on climate change adaptation financing, titled “Assessing International Funding for Climate Change Adaptation: A Guidebook for Developing Countries.”

Once every two years, IGES releases a white paper focusing on key policy agendas in the Asia-Pacific region.

Developing Asia is the driver of today’s emissions intensive global economy. As the principle source of future emissions, the region is critical to the task of global climate change mitigation.

India has slammed the advanced world for paying mere “lip service” to the needs of developing countries, while not doing much in reality to give them finances and transfer technology to help them pursue high growth while protecting the environment.

“Lot of lip service has been paid and is being paid by the developed countries to the idea that we are living in an increasingly inter-dependent world and that the developed countries have an obligation to help the developing countries. In practice, the overall situation on the ground, as I have pointed out in my speech at the Rio Conference, is not very flattering,”

Document for sustainable development drafted by negotiators from 194 countries

Negotiators of 194 countries have come out with a document for sustainable development, but missed the crucial point of funding and technology transfer by developed countries to help the developing and the poor nations embrace green development. This prompted India to express it was “a little disappointed” over a weak political commitment by developed countries for sustainable development.

India on Thursday expressed disappointment with the “weak” political will of developed countries to provide developing nations with enhanced means to implement objectives of Green Economy, which it said will also be a “green-wash” if the process is not democratised.

As around 100 world leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gathered here for the Rio+20 Summit, India also firmly rejected unilateral measures and trade barriers under the guise of Green Economy, which was the buzz ahead of the deliberations here.

Differences galore over the commitments made at the Earth Summit

As the leaders met in a mountain-girdled Brazilian town for the crucial official round of discussions on the Rio+20 text, what was most noticeably missing was the kind of excitement that was witnessed two decades ago, when more than 172 governments, as many as 108 of them sending their heads of state, participated for the first-of-its-kind global awakening event. The developed nations are seen advising the developing nations to “look forward” and not to “look backwards,” to the promises made in 1992.

The document provides the full text of 53 pages final outcome document of Rio+20 Conference adopted on June 22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released during United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit).

The document describes:

As climate change negotiators settle into their familiar roles at their first major meeting since COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, climate watchers will have their eyes fixed on the 14-25 May UNFCCC gathering in Bonn, Germany to see how the tenuous December deal - struck by sleep-deprived negotiators at the eleventh hour - is settling in six months on. With continued economic hardship among Annex I (developed) countries, this year's Bonn meeting will be a telling barometer for what to expect when parties meet in Doha this November for COP 18.