India to Fulfill Its Climate Responsibilities
Just hours before the formal start of the Paris climate change conference, also known as Conference of Parties (CoP-21), US President Barack Obama met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today in Paris. The two leaders reviewed progress in bilateral relations and discussed regional and global issues including terrorism. The Paris meeting is a record sixth bilateral meeting between the two leaders since Modi came to power last year. They had met last on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September in New York.
The two leaders discussed the urgent threat posed by climate change and reaffirmed their commitment to a successful agreement in Paris. President Obama was hopeful that the Paris summit would put in place a lasting framework to address global climate change that will include targets set by each nation, but transparent enough to be verified by other nations.
In a brief joint media conference President Obama remarked how committed both he and PM Modi were to a deeper partnership, and that global climate change represented the area of greatest cooperation, between the two countries. Pres. Obama emphasized that, “We agree that Paris must recognize and protect the ability of countries like India to pursue the priorities of development, growth and poverty eradication and I know that it is something that is deeply felt by PM Modi.”
PM Modi pledged that India will fulfill its climate responsibilities in full, declaring that "development and protection of the environment go hand in hand." Modi said that India will work closely with the US on “Mission Innovation” an initiative aimed at accelerating public and private global energy innovation to address global climate change, provide affordable clean energy to consumers, including in the developing world and create commercial opportunities in clean energy. He was optimistic when he remarked “Paris to protect the planet.”
USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri, an authority on US India relations said, “The Paris climate conference, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aims to achieve a legally binding universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees C”.
The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants, including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
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