RIYAD – Indian Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav spoke at the “Middle East Green Initiative Summit”, which opened in Riyadh on Monday by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, and highlighted the steps taken by India to combat climate change.
In his speech, he stressed the need to take into account the stage of development, historical responsibility, equity, national circumstances and priorities, and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities (CBDR-RC) to address the challenges of climate change.
While conveying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings and best wishes for the ambitious launch of the Middle East Green Initiative and the Saudi Green Initiative that will motivate the international consensus to meet shared environmental commitments, he said India fully appreciates the climate actions that have been taken. for Saudi Arabia.
The minister said green policies in India are seen in the context of sustainable development and inclusive economic growth, including poverty eradication. The government, therefore, strives to address the three dimensions of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental) in a balanced way.
“India has taken several proactive steps to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its policies, schemes and programs. Our sustainable development policies cover many sectors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable mobility. , sustainable habitats and many more, ”he said.
India has already upgraded its renewable energy target from 175 GW to 450 GW by 2030. Other important steps are the afforestation program; transport reform; cleaning of cities and rivers; etc., the minister said.
He concluded: “To address contemporary challenges, it is important to focus on solutions that can help us achieve our goals fairly. The need for the moment is a global public partnership to harness technology, innovation and funding to help developing countries step up their efforts to protect nature. “
Earlier, he interacted with representatives of the Indian community in Riyadh on various community-related issues and also spoke about the various labor reforms carried out by the Indian government. —SG