Government of India announced it’s first ever National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in June 2008 to identify measures and steps to advance climate change-related actions in its domestic sphere. Eight National Missions in the areas of solar energy, enhanced energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, sustainable habitat, water, Himalayan ecosystem, increasing the forest cover and strategic knowledge for climate change were incorporated under the Plan by the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change reflecting India’s vision and domestic strategies for sustainable development and the steps it must take to realize it.

In its overview, the NAPCC document says, “Recognising that climate change is a global challenge, India will engage actively in multilateral negotiations in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in a positive, constructive and forward looking manner. Our objective will be to establish and effective, cooperative and equitable global approach based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, enshrined in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)".