The president of the UN Climate Change Conference, also called COP26, to be held in Glasgow later this yr, and UK authorities’s local weather chief Alok Sharma is to go to India subsequent week to satisfy the leaders of a rustic that’s the largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China.
This go to comes within the backdrop of India resisting the strain of declaring a internet zero emission purpose. Instead, India has referred to as out nations on their carbon impartial intent bulletins and termed it as “meaningless”.
“Alok Sharma is anticipated to go to India subsequent week,” mentioned an Indian authorities official requesting anonymity.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday mentioned extra frequent and intense excessive climate occasions will influence lives, livelihoods and companies in India and elsewhere in South Asia.
Sharma was earlier the UK’s secretary of state for enterprise, vitality and industrial dtrategy and in addition secretary of dtate on the Department for International Development.
“The UK is dedicated to working intently with our companions in India to make sure a profitable end result at COP26 in Glasgow this November. As a part of this, COP26 President Designate Alok Sharma visited India earlier this yr when he met with PM Modi, and has had profitable interactions since on varied worldwide fora. We would not have any additional replace on future visits to India presently,” a British High Commission spokesperson in New Delhi mentioned in an emailed response.
Queries emailed to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat spokesperson on Wednesday night weren’t instantly answered.
In his earlier go to to India in February this yr, Sharma met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and different senior cupboard ministers together with then surroundings, forest and local weather change minister Prakash Javadekar, exterior affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, energy and new and renewable vitality minister Raj Kumar Singh and Sherpa to the G7 and G20 Suresh Prabhu.
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