Governments from about 180 countries around the world converged in New Delhi for the Eighth Conference of Parties (CoP-8) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Government delegates as well as representatives from inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, media and business attending  the meet.

Venue: Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India
Date: October 23 to November 1, 2002

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Do not burden poorer nations, says Vajpayee
October 30, New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, at the opening of the mninisterial section of Cop 8, said on Wednesday, October 30, that developing countries should not be set the same greenhouse gas emission targets as developed countries.
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Full text of Prime Minister Vajpayee's speech

EU peeved as CoP-8 draft does not mention Kyoto Protocol
NEW DELHI, October 29: The European Union (EU) came out strongly against the first draft of the Delhi Declaration at the UNFCCC climate convention in New Delhi on Monday, October 28, as it does not mention the Kyoto Protocol on reducing global warming.
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Delhi Ministerial Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development - Informal Proposal by the President

Opening statement by Joke Waller-Hunter, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Since the Industrial Revolution, as the world became excessively dependant on fossil fuels for energy, emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) have increased dramatically. The concentration of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, for instance, has gone up by 31 per cent since 1750.
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A challenge to India's economy
A briefing paper for Members of Parliament
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   Down To Earth Stories

A forceful endorsement

By: Neelam Singh
Jun 30, 2002

Kyoto Protocol gets a boost as Japan and eu ratify pact
In a move that is likely to clear the air on the intentions of key signatories, Japan and all the 15 member-states of the European Union (eu) have ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The international treaty seeks to cut the emission of greenhouse gases. Both the groups have urged the us to reconsider its decision of rejecting the protocol last year.
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CoP-8: Nothing's brewing
Nov 30, 2002

For a fortnight, 1,456 delegates from 167 countries sat in conference halls, attended plenary sessions and roundtables, and sized each other up over a cup of coffee. In the end, CoP-8 didn't witness any scintillating intellectual and moral leadership from a host that often likes to portray itself as a leader among developing nations. It could well be said that India passed over a historical moment

It was a huge party. There were camels, horses and gaudily caparisoned elephants. Teams of sweating musicians belted out India's diverse ethnic notes; girls, perched atop plywood props designed to look like fortress towers, swayed and struck dance poses.
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