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PM Modi to attend Climate Summit: MEA

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the invitation of US President Joe Biden to attend the Leaders’ Summit on Climate and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate on April 22 and 23, said the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi on Friday.

“PM Modi welcomed President Biden initiative and accepted the invitation” said Bagchi.

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A total of 40 world leaders were invited by the President Biden to take part in the summit that is hosted by the US and aims to highlight the urgency and the economic benefits of actions to stop climate change. The two-day summit will be held virtually in view of the covid-19 pandemic and will be telecasted live for public viewing.

The Summit which is going to start on Earth Day on April 22 will encourage discussion over factors influencing climate change. According to a White House statement Biden will outline the US’ goal for reduction of carbon emissions by 2030 in the summit.

The summit will reconvene the US-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 per cent of global emissions and global GDP.

Meanwhile, Bagchi also commented on the upcoming visit of the US’ special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry to India and said he will be visiting Delhi from April 5-8. The purpose of his visit is to discuss the forthcoming leaders’ summit on climate, he said.

Moreover, Bagchi 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,”

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