PM Modi accepts US President Biden’s invitation to attend climate summit: MEA  

PM Modi accepts US President Biden’s invitation to attend climate summit: MEA  

On Friday, the spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the invitation extended by US President Joe Biden to attend the Leaders Climate Summit on April 22 and 23.

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A two day summit on Climate and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will be hosted by the US. US President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in the summit which will be held virtually. The summit, starting on April 22, aims to highlight the urgency and the economic benefits of actions to stop climate change.  

On Friday, the spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi addressed an online media briefing. He said, “Prime Minister Modi welcomed President Biden’s initiative and accepted the invitation.”

Amid the rising coronavirus cases all across the world, the summit will be held online. It will encourage discussion over factors influencing climate change. According to a White House Statement Biden will outline the US’ goal for reductions of carbon emissions by 2030 in the summit.

PTI reported that the leaders’ summit will reconvene the US-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. It brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 per cent of global emissions and global GDP.

File Photo of US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.

Meanwhile, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry is all set to visit New Delhi from 5th to 8th April.  Bagchi confirmed the upcoming visit of Kerry and said the purpose of his visit is to discuss the forthcoming leaders’ summit on climate.

The MEA spokesperson said, “We expect that during his visit, Mr Kerry will be interacting with several ministers, including the external affairs minister as well as ministers of finance, petroleum and natural gas, environment, power and new and renewable energy.”

Starting on the Earth Day, the climate summit will be telecasted live for the public.

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