PM Modi to present India’s climate action program at COP26 in UK: The Tribune India

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Glasgow, November 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the official position on India’s climate action agenda and outline best practices and achievements in the sector at the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday.

During the much-publicized segment of the World Leaders’ Summit, the Prime Minister is expected to deliver a national statement alongside other world leaders and India’s statement will follow that of Polish Prime Minister Matuesz Morawiecki, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to follow.

“Landing in Glasgow. I will be joining the COP26 summit, where I look forward to working with other world leaders on climate change mitigation and articulating India’s efforts in this regard, ”Modi said on Twitter shortly after arriving. of the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday evening.

Modi was received to the sound of Scottish bagpipes upon his arrival at his hotel in Glasgow, where he was greeted by a large group of representatives of the Indian Diaspora with chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

On Monday morning, he is due to hold a meeting with around 45 representatives of the Indian diaspora from Glasgow and Edinburgh, including leading doctors, academics and businessmen.

He will also meet India’s Prince William Earthshot Prize winner, the founder of Delhi-based Takachar recycling company Vidyut Mohan, and Tamil Nadu’s 14-year-old finalist Vinisha Umashankar, inventor of an ironing cart. solar powered.

He will then proceed to the opening ceremony of the first day of the World Leaders Summit of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

Modi’s bilateral meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson is expected to take place shortly after Monday’s opening ceremony, which will include cultural performances and a speech by Johnson.

Johnson said the summit would be the “global moment of truth” and urged world leaders to make the most of it.

“The question everyone is asking is whether we are seizing this moment or letting it slip away,” he said, ahead of the two-week conference.

According to official sources, the Johnson-Modi talks are expected to be fairly short and will focus on the UK-India climate partnership as well as a stocktaking of the 2030 roadmap for a stronger UK-India strategic partnership – signed by the two leaders. at a virtual summit in May this year.

Modi is expected to reiterate his invitation to Johnson to visit India.

“The two governments remain committed to implementing the road map, on time. As a result, we plan to launch negotiations in November 2021 for an interim agreement to be signed in March 2022 and possibly a comprehensive agreement, if all goes according to plan, by November 2022 ”, declared the Indian High Commissioner to the Kingdom. United, Gaitri Issar Kumar, said before the talks the prime minister.

It would be Modi and Johnson’s first face-to-face meeting after the latter’s twice canceled visit to India earlier this year due to the Covid pandemic. PTI

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