Sunday, April 11, 2021

Modi has recommitted to leading climate change fight: UN

Reading Time: 3 minutesPrime Minister Narendra Modi has recommitted to continue to lead the fight against climate change at his meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to an official organising September’s UN summit on climate change.
Modi made the pledge when he met Guterres in Biarritz, France, on Sunday on the sidelines of the G7 meeting, Guterres’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba, said on Tuesday.

Modi. indian link2 (2)
UN chief Antonio Guterres and Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of G7 Summit in Biarritz. (Photo: Twitter)

Speaking to reporters about the upcoming high-level global meeting, de Alba said that Modi “recommitted to continue to lead on climate and particularly dealing with solar energy (for) which they have a huge, very important initiative”.
Modi initiated the International Solar Alliance, which has 122 member countries and aims to promote the use of solar power.
Domestically, India has already installed over 28 gigawatts of solar power and has a target of 100 gigawatts by 2022.
Modi. Indian Link2 (1)“The collaboration with India is also quite important (it) being one of the major emitters,” de Alba said.
He said that India would be leading the Industry Transition Coalition along with Sweden at the three-day summit in New York before the start of the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly.
The segment is to involve industries in fighting climate change and to cut down their emission of greenhouse gases.
Six or seven CEOs from chemicals, cement, steel, aluminium, trucking, shipping, aviation sectors are expected to make commitments to net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 during this segment of the summit, according to the meeting’s programme.
De Alba noted that industry was getting very involved in the fight against climate change and gave the example of India.
He said that during a recent visit to India he participated in a meeting “with a huge number of companies” from the biggest like Tata and Mahindra to smaller ones and the cement industry that showed commitment to cutting carbon emissions.
Modi. Indian Link3 (1)
Luis Alfonso de Alba

While the global warming and climate change were getting alarmingly worse since the 2015 meeting that fashioned the landmark Paris Agreement to fight climate change, the political will to do it was flagging, de Alba said.
Even the commitments made in Paris by nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions may prove to be inadequate to avert a climate disaster, he said.
But “the level of political will, compared to the time we met in Paris, is lower and is something that worries us, concerns us (and) we need to continue to work with all member states and we need to encourage them to be full part of the solution,” he said.

- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Review: The Big Bull

Forget comparisons. Even if you willingly dismiss the idea of sizing up The Big Bull against Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Abhishek Bachchan's...

The living art of India

  Immerse yourself in the colourful, vibrant and transformative arts of India. Over three weeks we will dive into a world where art is not...
man taking selfie

Selfie culture: what your choice of camera angle says about you

  Over the past decade, selfies have become a mainstay of popular culture. If the #selfie hashtag first appeared in 2004, it was the release of...
joji amazon prime

Review: Joji (Amazon Prime)

  Just when you'd think another fresh take on William Shakespeare's Macbeth couldn't possibly be done, comes Joji. Fahadh Faasil's new collaboration with director Dileesh...

An artistic feminist protest by Rakini Devi

  Born and raised in Kolkata, Rakini Devi has spent most of her artistic journey engaging with feminist issues, be it dowry deaths in India...