New York : US President Barrack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral discussions on country wise benefits jointly and severally, with special focus on ambitious national agendas with goal-achieving strategies.Climate change featured specifically in these talks and leaders of both nations pledged their uncompromising commitment for this global cause.
In a joint address to media after his bilateral discussions with President Obama, PM Modi said – India looks forward to a ‘comprehensive and concrete outcome in Paris,’ where global climate pact will be made in December.
Modi stated that India’s commitment to climate change was second to none and both he and US President Barack Obama have set ‘ambitious national agendas’ to meet its goals.
The stress, he said, will be on combating climate change through an agenda that focuses on access to finance and technology for the developing world.
In PM Modi’s words – ‘President (Obama) and I share an uncompromising commitment on climate change, without affecting our ability to meet the development aspirations of humanity. India’s national agenda to counter climate change not just involves generating renewable energy, but also a “transition to a more sustainable energy mix.
Modi stated that The US-India partnership in the energy sector focuses on clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency, but it was equally important to develop mechanisms that ensured that clean energy becomes affordable and accessible for those who need it the most.
The theme has been in centre scope since the UN climate package passed in Doha in 2012, where a commitment was made to scale up funding to help developing countries deal with global warming and convert to planet-friendlier energy sources by 2020.
In his address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, PM Modi had signaled that India will not give in to pressure at the Paris meet, evoking the idea of common but differentiated responsibilities. With respect to this, PM Modi had laid emphasis on environment, which, he said, needed a recalibration — from climate change to climate justice.