NEW DELHI: India is a leader on renewables and a natural partner for Britain in the shared mission to create a greener planet and enable a clean and resilient recovery from Covid-19, British Acting High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson said on Friday.
In a statement on the eve of the Climate Ambition Summit, Thompson said: “We are proud to partner with India on climate initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.
“On December 12, the UK and India will come together with the global community, including civil society, business, academia, indigenous groups and young people, for the Climate Ambition Summit. This will be a landmark moment to maintain global momentum on climate action, putting our planet on a sustainable path.
“I am grateful to Prime Minister Modi for his involvement in the Summit and the continued commitment from India to work with the UK to help build a better future.”
The United Nations, Britain and France will co-convene the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, in partnership with Chile and Italy on December 12, exactly five years since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.
The summit is a major step on the road to the next UN Climate Conference, COP26, which will be hosted by the UK next November in Glasgow.
It will provide leaders with a global platform to showcase commitments to tackle climate change.
The summit will highlight the fast-growing coalition of countries, cities, regions, businesses and investors committing to net-zero emissions and boosting ambition in climate finance, and resilience and adaptation.
It will feature leading examples of countries producing concrete near-term plans and policies to deliver on their longer-term climate ambition, highlighting the work ahead for other countries to deliver new Nationally Determined Contributions through 2021 in advance of COP26.
The summit will feature speeches from co-convenors UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte, President of Chile Sebastian Pinera, COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma, and dozens of other world leaders who will present ambitious climate commitments.
The event will also provide a global platform for voices from business, sub-national governments and civil society, including youth, indigenous and faith-based climate champions.
“At the Climate Ambition Summit, we are calling on countries to showcase commitments which align with the Paris Agreement,” COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said in a tweet.