Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the World Climate Summit in Dubai on December 1, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Sunday.
The Prime Minister will reach the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 30 at the invitation of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, to attend the UN climate negotiations, the statement said .
The World Climate Summit is the high-level segment of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP-28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP-28 will take place from November 28 to December 12, 2023 under the presidency of the UAE.
At the summit on December 1 and 2, heads of state and government, leaders from civil society, business, youth, indigenous peoples’ organizations, frontline communities, academia and other sectors will discuss actions and plans to scale up climate action.
Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav will also participate in high-level events and roundtable discussions of the 28th session of the annual climate negotiations (COP28), including on the topics of financing climate targets, emissions reduction, adaptation to climate impacts and transition to a green economy, inclusiveness, reported PTI on Friday.
The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC provides a unique opportunity to provide impetus for collective action to address the shared challenge of climate change.
The climate conference could also see hectic negotiations over how the fund, which aims to provide financial support to developing and poor countries to deal with the effects of climate change, should work and what resources should be allocated for adaptation.
The Global South would demand rapid decarbonization and a massive increase in financial and technology support from the Global North to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Developing countries are expected to be dissatisfied with unfulfilled pledges of financial aid, particularly rich countries’ outstanding pledge of $100 billion by 2020.
Some countries, particularly the European Union, are expected to push for a global agreement to fully phase out fossil fuels at COP28.
During COP-26 in Glasgow, the Prime Minister announced five concrete targets titled ‘Panchamrit’ as India’s unprecedented contribution to climate action. On this occasion, the Prime Minister had also announced the Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) Mission.
Climate change was a key focus area of India’s G20 Presidency, and important new steps were reflected in the New Delhi Leaders’ Statement and other outcomes of our Presidency. COP-28 provides an opportunity to continue these successes.
During his visit, Prime Minister Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with some of the leaders participating in the summit, the MEA statement added.
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