PM Modi calls for Global Alliances to tackle climate change at World Sustainable Development Summit
While making a concerted pitch for coordinated global action to combat climate change, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised that environmental sustainability can only be achieved through climate justice. "Successful climate action also need adequate financing. For this, the developed countries need to fulfil their commitments on finance and technology transfer," said Modi delivering the inaugural address at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2022 (WSDS) in New Delhi.
Addressing the need for global alliances to tackle climate change, the Prime Minister drew attention to the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, the International Solar Alliance, and the new initiative LIFE - Lifestyle for Environment. LIFE, PM Modi said, will be a coalition of like-minded people worldwide who will promote a sustainable lifestyle.
The WSDS 2022, the annual flagship Summit of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), is on the theme of 'Towards a Resilient Planet: Ensuring a Sustainable and Equitable Future'. Observing that environment and sustainable development have been key areas of engagement, PM Modi said, "We have heard people call our planet fragile. But it is not the planet that is fragile. It is us. We are fragile. Our commitments to the planet, to nature has also been fragile. A lot has been said over the last 50 years since the 1972 Stockholm Conference. Very little has been done. But in India we have walked the talk."
The Sustainable Development Leadership Award was also announced during the inaugural event.
Accepting the award on behalf of the teams at Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomberg said, "Our company and our foundation are working with public and private sector leaders in India to help the country reach its goals."
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