'Less Than What NFL Earns', India's UN Rep Urges Developed Nations to Provide $100 Bln for Climate
14:32 GMT 10.10.2021 (Updated: 10:39 GMT 19.07.2022)
© AP Photo / New Jersey Department of Environmental ProtectionIn this photo provided by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, a forest fire burns in Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J., on Sunday, May 16, 2021. (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection via AP)
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Politicians at the United Nations (UN) have urged developed countries to provide developing nations with funds so they can contribute to global efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
India's permanent representative to the UN T. S. Tirumurti said during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly that there is still a significant gap in the commitment made by developed nations to provide developing countries with $100 billion for climate action.
"This amount [$100 bln] is less [than] what [the] NFL [National Football League] earns on media", he said.
Tirumutri added that nations also need to desist from "cherry-picking" from inclusive and comprehensive structures of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Speaking at the session, he noted that a handful of nations should not make decisions for everyone, saying India supports a member-state driven process in the interest of developing countries.
In 2009, developed nations pledged to mobilise $100 billion a year by 2020 in climate finance. The goal was reiterated again in 2015 as part of the Paris Accord. But that target has not been attained.