The UK has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Climate Ambition summit scheduled for next month, according to a statement from the UK government.
The December 12 Climate Ambition Summit will provide a platform for leaders who are ready to make new, more ambitious nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to achieve net zero, as well as new commitments. climate finance and ambitious adaptation plans.
In a meeting with Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla in London, Philip Barton, Permanent Undersecretary at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Department, “invited Prime Minister Modi to attend the Summit of the ‘December climate ambition,’ the British High Commission in New Delhi said in a statement.
The United Kingdom, as president of COP26 (to be held in Glasgow next December), the United Nations and France will host the virtual summit at leaders’ level on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, in partnership with Chile (as president of COP25) and Italy (Partner of COP26), he said.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) was originally scheduled to be held this month. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has been postponed until next year.
The historic Paris accord committed the United States and 187 other countries to keep the rise in global temperatures below 2 ° C above pre-industrial levels and to try to limit them even further, to a rise of 1.5 ° C. The United States – the world‘s second-largest producer of all carbon dioxide emissions, behind China – officially withdrew from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change on Wednesday, a decision originally announced ago three years.
Speaking after meeting with Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Mr Barton said: “India has a special place in my heart and I know firsthand the importance of building the relationship between our two countries.”
“Mr Shringla and I agreed that a strengthened partnership between the UK and India will be a positive force in the world, in the face of major international challenges over the next decade, such as climate change and security global, ”said Barton, former high commissioner to India until August of this year.
It was Mr Barton’s first high-level meeting with a country since taking office as head of the UK’s diplomatic and development service.
The meeting was the latest in a series of high-level engagements between the UK and India, following the economic and financial dialogue led by the finance minister last week and the minister’s subsequent virtual tour of investment. It precedes a high-level ministerial meeting on trade scheduled for November.
The discussion focused on how the UK and India will work together on their common ambitions. Future priorities should include increasing trade, tackling climate change, science and technology and defense, the statement said.
The UK and India also shared their views on the next generation of challenges and opportunities, including assessments of emerging threats to global security.
Mr Barton and Mr Shringla explored areas where UK and India could collaborate on multilateral events, pledging to work closely together through UK G7 and COP Presidencies and India’s G20 presidency in 2022, the statement said.
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