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PM Modi to attend World Climate Action Summit in Dubai on November 30, December 1, UAE COP-28 Climate Change

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 1, 2023, at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The visit is for the World Climate Action Summit, which constitutes the high-level segment of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP-28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP-28, under the chairmanship of the UAE, is scheduled from November 28 to December 12, 2023.

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement confirming PM Modi’s participation in the summit. “The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC provides a unique opportunity to accelerate collective action towards addressing the shared challenge of climate change,” it said. The statement highlighted that during the COP-26 in Glasgow, Prime Minister Modi had unveiled five specific targets, known as “Panchamrit”, as India’s unique contribution to climate action. Additionally, he also announced the Mission Lifestyle for the Environment (LiFE). Climate change has been a focal point during India’s G20 presidency, with New Delhi’s leaders’ declaration and other outcomes including notable achievements.

The upcoming COP-28 is seen as an opportunity to build on these successes. The statement stressed the role of the summit in taking forward the commitments made by India in the global fight against climate change.

“The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with some of the leaders attending the summit,” the statement said.

The World Climate Action Summit will bring together heads of states and governments, leaders from civil society, business, youth, indigenous peoples’ organisations, frontline communities, science and other sectors. The summit aims to facilitate discussion on actions and plans to scale up climate action.

In August of last year, India revised its Nationally Determined Contribution, aligning its National Action Plan with the goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. These commitments include the important goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, and preferably to 1.5°C.

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Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav will participate in COP28

Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav is set to participate in high-level events and roundtable conferences during the 28th session of the annual climate talks (COP28), news agency PTI reported. Topics to be covered will include finance for climate goals, emissions reduction, adaptation to climate impacts and transition to a green economy with inclusivity.

Anticipated discussions at the climate conference include negotiations on the operational aspects of the fund aimed at providing financial assistance to developing and poor countries to respond to climate impacts as well as financing for adaptation. The Global South is expected to ask the Global North to increase finance and technology support to accelerate decarbonization and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, PTI reported.

The summit is likely to see intense talks on unfulfilled promises of financial aid, especially as the $100 billion promised by rich countries by 2020 has yet to be fulfilled. Additionally, some countries, particularly the European Union, are expected to advocate a global agreement to phase out the phase-out. Unfettered fossil fuels during COP28.

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