India briefs US climate envoy on Paris agreement


India has briefed US Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry, the Foreign Office said.

New Delhi:

India has briefed US Presidential Special Climate Envoy John Kerry of his broad efforts to meet Paris climate agreement commitments and reduce emissions, said Thursday the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

During a visit to India, Kerry called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held separate meetings with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on related issues to global climate action.

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At a press conference, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Kerry appreciates PM Modi’s vision and global leadership in climate action, especially India’s ambitious goal of generating 450 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030.

He said the two leaders discussed the need to support climate action by all countries, in accordance with their respective national circumstances.

Under the Paris Agreement, each country must set its own emission reduction targets, called National Defined Contributions (NDCs).

“Given our complementary strengths, the Prime Minister and Special Envoy Kerry have agreed to collaborate on a 2030 agenda, with a focus on clean and green energy by improving the availability of climate finance, building resilient infrastructure, energy storage and green hydrogen, ”Mr. Bagchi mentioned.

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He said the Indian side had briefed Kerry on the country’s far-reaching efforts to meet Paris Agreement commitments and reduce emissions.

“The meetings with Special Envoy Kerry have been very productive. Both sides discussed the global challenge of climate change in the context of several multilateral events later this year, leading up to the COP26 summit in Glasgow,” said Mr. Bagchi.

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After taking office as US president, Joe Biden announced on January 20 the return of the United States to the Paris climate agreement.

He invited 40 world leaders, including Modi, to the virtual summit on the climate crisis later this month.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are among the key leaders invited to the two-day conference which begins on April 22.