Will fulfil all responsibilities on climate change: Modi to Obama

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Dec 2015 13:55:50

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in a meeting during CoP 21, UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday. (PTI)


By Tuhin Dutta
PARIS, Nov 30 (PTI)

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India will fulfil all its responsibilities with regard to climate change as he met US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the climate summit here.
Modi, in his meeting with Obama, also appreciated the openness with which the US President addresses issues with him and said it will help in developing a better understanding.
“India will fulfil expectations from it and its responsibilities. The country is working to take forward development and (protecting) environment together,” Modi said at a joint press event with Obama.
The Prime Minister also mentioned India’s ambitious target of producing 175 GW of renewable energy. Prime Minister’s comments came against the backdrop of India’s strong resentment to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that India would be a “challenge” at the climate conference. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar described the comments as “unwarranted”.
Javadekar and Kerry accompanied Modi and Obama respectively along with other senior ministers and officials.
Modi also talked about solar alliance initiative, saying it will help in fulfiling the dreams which have brought the countries together here. President Obama said that India must curb its carbon dioxide pollution even while it works to eradicate poverty, prioritise growth and promote economic development. He also said climate change was one of the major areas for deeper cooperation between the US and India.

Climate pact an ‘act of defiance’ after Paris attacks: Obama: PUSHING for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening on Monday outside Paris an “act of defiance” against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.
Obama used his speech to more than 150 world leaders to salute Paris and its people for “insisting this crucial conference go on” just two weeks after attacks that killed 130 in the French capital.
He said leaders had converged to show resolve to fight terrorism and uphold their values at the same time. “What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than martialing our best efforts to save it,” Obama said. Obama’s remarks came at the start of two weeks of make-or-break negotiations to finalise a sweeping global agreement to cut carbon emissions and hopefully stave off the worst effects of climate change.
Obama exhorted leaders here to fight the enemy of cynicism, “the notion we can’t do anything” about the warming of the
planet. After sketching dire threats of submerged nations, abandoned cities and ever-worsening flooding and natural disasters, Obama insisted that grim future “is one that we have the power to change.”