China and India among 22 nations calling for key section on emissions to be ditched from COP26 agreement

Bolivia’s chief negotiator, Diego Pacheco, who represents the LMDC group, said Thursday that the countries felt the developed world was trying to transfer its responsibilities for the climate crisis onto the developing world.

“We requested the presidency remove completely the section on mitigation,” Pacheco said at a press conference in Glasgow. CNN is reaching out to Chinese and Indian officials for comment.

He pointed to developed countries’ greater historical role in the climate crisis, accusing rich nations of trying to “transfer responsibility” to developing nations but asking them to meet the same deadlines on emissions reductions as the developed world.

“History matters and history is very important to understand and to put in the context in the discussion on ambition,” he said. He added that it would be impossible for many countries in the group to achieve Net Zero by mid-century, as many countries have signed up for.

The mitigation section includes language on trying to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as opposed to the 2-degree upper limit mentioned in the Paris Agreement. It also urges countries to fast-track updates to their pledges on emissions by the end of 2022.

The LMDC does not believe developing countries should have to have the same deadlines and ambitions on emissions as wealthy nations.