New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Glasgow on Sunday for the COP26 climate summit. Prime Minister Modi will also hold bilateral talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) meeting.
Prime Minister Modi was warmly received by the people of Indian origin in Glasgow. On arrival at his hotel in Glasgow he was greeted to the tune of Scottish bagpipes, where he was greeted by a large group of Indian expatriate delegates, who were delighted to see their prime minister, and people greeted him as he arrived to meet him. started singing ‘Modi is the jewel of India’,
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After reaching Glasgow, PM Modi tweeted, ‘Landed in Glasgow. I will be attending the COP26 summit, where I look forward to working with other world leaders to address climate change and articulate India’s efforts in this regard.’
PM Modi’s agenda in Glasgow
PM Modi is set to begin the UK leg of his European tour with a meeting with Scotland-based community leaders and Indologists on Monday morning.
He will then proceed for the opening ceremony of the World Leaders Summit (WLS) at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, where he will attend the summit. Ready to address the plenary session.
Modi’s bilateral meeting with Boris Johnson is expected to take place soon after Monday’s opening ceremony, which will include a cultural performance and a speech by the UK prime minister. Johnson has said the summit will be a “world’s moment of truth” and urged world leaders to make the most of it.
“The question everyone is asking is whether we seize the moment or let it go away,” he said ahead of the two-week conference.
His talks with Modi are expected to focus on the UK-India climate partnership as well as the 2030 roadmap for a stronger UK-India strategic partnership signed by the two leaders during a virtual summit in May this year.
The Modi-Johnson meeting will be followed by a leader-level COP26 event titled Action and Solidarity: The Critical Decade, in which Modi will soon be set to deliver India’s national statement on the country’s climate action to delegates.
India is one of the top countries in the world in terms of installed renewable energy, wind and solar power capacity. At the WLS, I will share India’s excellent track record on climate action and our achievements, Modi said in a statement ahead of the summit.
The need to comprehensively address climate change issues, including the equitable distribution of carbon space, support for mitigation and adaptation, and resilience-building measures, mobilizing finance, technology transfer, and the importance of sustainable lifestyles for green and inclusive growth I will also throw light on it. .
At the COP26 summit, India’s focus will be on the country’s ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets for the post-2020 period under the Paris Agreement.
These include reducing the emission intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 levels, as well as achieving 40 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030, PTI reported.
Predictive and sustained funding of green technology to developing countries will be another major area of focus for India.
At the end of the first day of the World Leaders Summit on Monday, Modi will join more than 120 heads of government and heads of state for a special VVIP reception at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.
(with inputs from agencies)