01 December, Paris
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for New Delhi after wrapping up his two-day Paris visit during which he attended the crucial climate change conference and launched the India-mooted International Solar Alliance.
In a tweet just before the Prime Minister’s departure for New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, PM enplanes after an important day at COP21, redeeming India’s pledge to Mother Earth.
Modi and French President Francois Hollande last night launched the International Solar Alliance to globally promote clean energy.
Calling for climate justice, Modi appealed to developed nations to vacate carbon space in order that developing nations can accommodate its development needs. He said New Delhi has set up an ambitious goal for cutting carbon rich non fossil energy in its energy basket. He also stressed the need for better co-operations among the member countries by sharing best practices, regulatory processes and training.
He also offered to develop a permanent Secretariat for this purpose in India and committed 30 Million Dollars for it.
The French President appreciated India’s initiative on renewable energy and supported its stand for increased flow of green technology and resources to developing nations in it their quest to save earth from increased carbon emission.
Speaking on the occasion, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made an emotional appeal to all the participating nations to come to an agreement on climate change. He said No more time should be wasted. A declaration was also made on the occasion. It vowed to support India’s proposal to create a common platform for better ties among solar resource rich countries.
More than 70 countries including 33 at the Head of States and Head of Governments level attended the International Solar Alliance launch ceremony. The event was also attended by around 500 high level representatives from industry, governments and international organizations.
Our special correspondent covering the Climate Change Conference in Paris says that the event was held on the side-lines of the 21st Conference of Parties, CoP 21 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Modi, who had a packed schedule during his stay in Paris, also met US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the climate conference and held a bilateral meeting with Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe
Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif also had a casual meeting on the sidelines of the climate summit. He also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and a host of other world leaders.