The document is guided by the following principles:
- Protecting the poor and vulnerable sections of society through an inclusive and sustainable development strategy, sensitive to climate change.
- Achieving national growth through ecological sustainability
- Devising efficient and cost-effective strategies for end use Demand Side Management.
- Deploying appropriate technologies for both adaptation and mitigation of greenhouse gases emissions
- Engineering new and innovative forms of market, regulatory and voluntary mechanisms to promote sustainable development.
- Effecting implementation of programmes by including civil society and local government institutions and through public- private partnership.
- Welcoming international cooperation for research, development, sharing and transfer of technologies
Eight National Missions form the core of the NAPCC, which represents a multi-pronged, long-term and integrated approach for achieving key goals in the context of climate change. These include:
- National Solar Mission
- National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency
- National Mission on Sustainable Habitat
- National Water Mission
- National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem
- National Mission for a Green India
- National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture
- National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change
The document describes India's willingness and desire, as a responsible member of the global community to cooperate in all efforts at climate change mitigation and argues that future international cooperation on climate change should aim at :
- Minimising the negative impacts of climate change through suitable adaptation methods
- Fairness and equity in action and measures
- Common, but differentiated responsibilities in actions to be taken
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