PM Modi arrives in Dubai to attend World Climate Action Summit

Mr. Modi will attend the World Climate Action Summit on Friday during the United Nations 'Conference of the Parties' on climate, known as COP28

December 01, 2023 03:10 am | Updated 07:25 am IST - Dubai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted byUAE’s  Deputy Prime Minister
Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan upon his arrival in Dubai on December 1, 2023. Photo: Twitter/@PMOIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted byUAE’s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan upon his arrival in Dubai on December 1, 2023. Photo: Twitter/@PMOIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday called for supporting developing countries with adequate climate financing and technology transfer to enable them to deal with climate change as he arrived here to attend the World Climate Action Summit.

"Landed in Dubai to take part in the COP-28 Summit. Looking forward to the proceedings of the Summit, which are aimed at creating a better planet," Mr. Modi posted on X on his arrival here.

"Deeply moved by the warm welcome from the Indian community in Dubai. Their support and enthusiasm is a testament to our vibrant culture and strong bonds," he said in a post later.

Before leaving Delhi, the Prime Minister said he was happy to see that this significant event is being held under the Presidency of the UAE, an important Indian partner on climate action.

"In keeping with our civilizational ethos, India has always laid emphasis on climate action even as we pursue social and economic development," he said.

"During our G20 presidency, climate was high on our priority. The New Delhi Leaders' Declaration includes numerous concrete steps on climate action and sustainable development. I look forward to the COP28 taking forward the consensus on these issues," Mr. Modi said in his departure statement.

Mr. Modi will attend the World Climate Action Summit on Friday during the United Nations 'Conference of the Parties' on climate, known as COP28.

Several world leaders are set to attend the climate action summit to discuss ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and effectively combat climate change.

The World Climate Action Summit is the high-level segment of the COP28.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to participate in three other high-level side events as well. The COP28 is taking place from November 30 to December 12 under the presidency of the UAE.

In his statement, the Prime Minister said the COP28 will provide an opportunity to review progress made under the Paris Agreement and chart a path for future course on climate action.

"At the Voice of Global South Summit convened by India, the Global South spoke for the need for climate action based on the principles of equity, climate justice, and common but differentiated responsibilities, as well as a greater focus on adaptation," Mr. Modi said.

"It is important that efforts of the developing world be supported with adequate climate financing and technology transfer. They must have access to equitable carbon and development space to achieve sustainable development," he said.

The Prime Minister noted that India has walked the talk when it comes to climate action.

"Our achievements in different sectors like renewable energy, energy efficiency, afforestation, energy conservation, Mission LiFE are testament to the commitment of our people towards mother earth," he said.

Mr. Modi said he was looking forward to joining special events including on climate finance and green credit initiative.

During his stay here, Prime Minister Modi is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with some of the leaders participating in the summit, including Israeli President Isaac Herzog, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the newly-elected Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu.

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