Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav has assured that India will engage constructively at Conference of the Parties (COP 26) and evaluate bridging proposals to conclude the Paris rulebook, which can be done by delivering on the climate finance promises of the developed countries. Representing India virtually at the Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP 26) meeting held in Milan, Italy, he highlighted that India recognizes the urgency of strong climate action in this decade to ensure that the world is on track to stay within the temperature goal of the Paris agreement, as well as adapt to its impacts, and minimize loss and damage. Mr Yadav said, hence, the COP 26 outcome must emphasise the need to plug the ambition gap by delivering the means of implementation support that will allow developing countries to enhance their climate actions.
The Environment Minister mentioned that climate change is embedded in India’s development strategy and India has been a frontrunner in taking ambitious climate action. However, India has a large population that is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Hence, adaptation is among the top priorities for our country. Highlighting on the gravity of climate finance, Mr Yadav stated that India strongly believes that COP 26 must initiate the process of setting the new collective long-term climate finance goal for post-2020.
The Pre-COP 26 meeting was hosted by the Government of Italy from 30th September to 2nd October 2021 in Milan, Italy in the run up to COP 26.