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CONCLUDING his five-day visit to Italy and UK during which he attended the G20 Summit and COP26 meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi on Tuesday. During the visit, the Prime Minister also held several bilateral meetings with his counterparts taking part in G20 and COP26 meetings. The G20 summit took place in Rome and COP26 is being held at Glasgow. “Departing from Glasgow after two days of intense discussions about the future of our planet. India has not only exceeded the Paris commitments but has now also set an ambitious agenda for the next 50 years,” PM Modi said in a tweet on Tuesday.
At the COP26 Summit in Rome, PM Modi delivered India’s National Statement and announced five “amrit tatva” including the target to attain net-zero emissions by 2070.
He said that India will increase its capacity of non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW and meet 50 per cent of its energy requirements through renewable energy by 2030. Underlining the concerns of the developing nations at the COP26, the prime minister announced the one-word moment, LIFE…L, I, F, E, i.e. Lifestyle For Environment.
COP-26 is being held from October 31 to November 12 at Glasgow under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26, titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS), was held on November 1 and 2. Heads of state and government of more than 120 countries attended the summit.
The prime minister also attended the launch event of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States here on Tuesday and announced that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will build a special data window for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring through satellite.
He also participated in the Build Back Better for the World (B3W) event on Tuesday and laid stress on four aspects in infrastructure creation including sustainable and transparent finance that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
Emphasising the need to ensure four aspects in infrastructure creation, the prime minister said that these include climate resilience, incorporating traditional knowledge and prioritising poor and vulnerable sections.
The B3W was initiated by US President Joe Biden and President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen. On the sidelines of COP-26, the Prime Minister met his counterparts from United Kingdom, Nepal and Israel.
PM Modi participated in the G20 summit in Rome on October 30 and 31. He met outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the G20.
On Saturday, PM Modi had met Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. He presented him a silver candle stand and a book on India’s commitment to the environment. Noting that climate change is a “big threat” to the existence of some developing nations, PM Modi said that he feels it’s his duty to raise the voice of developing countries.
Many old and new friends
Thanking UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson who hosted the COP26 climate summit and Scottish people for their warm hospitality, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that that the event provided him with the opportunity to meet old friends and meet some new ones.
“It was wonderful to see many old friends in person after a long time and meet some new ones. I am thankful for our host PM @BorisJohnson and also to the Scottish people for their warm hospitality in the beautiful Glasgow,” tweeted PM Modi. The 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) is the first major summit that was held physically, where more than 120 countries participated after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interacts with Indian community
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with members of the Indian community in Glasgow before departing for India following his 5-day visit to the United Kingdom and Italy.
Amid cheers and slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, a huge crowd of people dressed in Indian attire greeted Prime Minister Modi with folded hands at the premises of the hotel where the prime minister was staying. Among the group were several children and PM Modi reached out to interact with them, shaking hands and giving hi-fives to some older kids. He was also seen holding one cheerful toddler.
As PM Modi was departing for the airport, members of the Indian community bid him farewell to the accompaniment of the beats of drums and loud cheering.
PM Modi also played along a few beats with the enthusiastic drummers who were dressed in traditional kurta pyjama and turbans as members of the Indian community gathered to bid him goodbye before his departure for India from Glasgow, Scotland. A few in the crowd even got autographs.
‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday backed the ‘One Sun, One World and One Grid’ initiative at COP26 here in Glasgow, saying that it will not only reduce storage needs but also enhance the viability of solar projects.
Delivering his remarks at the ”Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ event at COP26, the Prime Minister reiterated the idea for the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative that was put forth by PM Modi, at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018. “One Sun, One World & One Grid will not only reduce storage needs but also enhance the viability of solar projects. This creative initiative will not only reduce carbon footprints and energy cost but also open a new avenue for cooperation between different countries and regions,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister launched the Green Grids Initiative- One Sun One World One Grid (GGI-OSOWOG), jointly with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson today.
Noting the benefits of Solar energy, PM Modi said that the only challenge with the OSOWOG initiative is that this energy is only available during the daytime and is dependent on the weather.
“Solar energy is totally clean and sustainable. Challenge is that this energy is only available during the daytime and is dependent on the weather. ‘One Sun, One World & One Grid’ is the solution to this problem. Through a worldwide grid, clean energy can be transmitted to anywhere & anytime,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi further expressed hope that a common and strong global grid can be developed through cooperation between countries on this initiative.
“I am hopeful that a common and strong global grid can be developed through cooperation between ‘One Sun, One World & One Grid’ and ‘Green Grid’ initiatives. Indian space agency ISRO is going to provide a solar calculator application to the world,” PM Modi said.
In May 2021, the United Kingdom and India agreed to combine forces of the Green Grids Initiative and the One Sun One World One Grid initiative and jointly launch GGI-OSOWOG at the COP26 summit being hosted by the UK at Glasgow in November 2021.
Israeli Prime Minister Bennett invited
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shrigla has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett to visit India when both met here on the sidelines of COP26 on Tuesday.
“Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relation between India and Israel and in this context, PM Modi invited Naftali Bennett to visit India,” said Shringla during a press conference here on Tuesday. “Prime Minister Bennett said that he had visited India about three times in the past in his capacity as a minister in the government of Israel but he will be delighted to visit India in the first quarter of 2022,” Shringla said.
He said that it was the first meeting between PM Modi and Bennett. The two leaders had spoken earlier on the phone. Further, Shringla informed that Bennett had said that relations between India and Israel have been very close and comprehensive and “it would be his endeavour to strengthen and widen that relationship even further”.
The two prime ministers spent a lot of time talking about technology, cooperation and in certain areas, said Shringla, adding, some of the areas mentioned were food processing, organic farming and the issues of strengthening supply chains and working together in high technology areas. (ANI)