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GLASGOW: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Tuesday launched the initiative Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
On Monday, PM Modi met Boris Johnson on the sidelines of COP26. He stated that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted PM Modi’s invitation to visit India saying that he would plan his visit as soon as the circumstances allow.

GLASGOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in-conversation with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson and Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the Scottish Exhibition Centre to attend the World Leaders Summit of COP26, in Glasgow, on Monday. (ANI Photo) 

Mr. Modi also met members of the Indian community in Glasgow to strengthen people-to-people bonds between the two countries ahead of his participation in the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26).
The COP26 is taking place under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26 is titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) and the Summit has participation by heads of State/Government of over 120 countries. The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to participate in the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States fills us with new hope and beliefs and gives us satisfaction to do something for the most vulnerable nations.
Launching the IRIS initiative at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26), along with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, PM Modi said, “The launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States fills us with new hope and beliefs. This gives us the satisfaction to do something for the most vulnerable nations.” Speaking about the impact of climate change on the world, PM Modi said, “The past few decades have proven that nobody remains untouched by effects of climate change. Be it developed nations or nations that are rich in natural resources. It’s a huge threat.”

“Small Island Developing States are most threatened with climate change. For them, it is a matter of life and death, a challenge to their existence. Calamities due to climate change can become devastating for them. It is not only a challenge for their lives but also for their economy,” he added.
The Infrastructure for the Resilient Island State (IRIS) is an initiative to boost the infrastructure in small island countries.

Meeting with world leaders

GLASGOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the side lines of COP26 World Leaders’ Summit in Glasgow, on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a bilateral meeting with Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett on the sidelines of the COP26 meet in Glasgow.

Narendra Modi met Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the sidelines of the COP26 meet in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed happiness over the meeting with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
“Happy to have met you in Glasgow after the very fruitful interaction in Rome. As I highlighted during my speech yesterday, India will always strengthen any effort for sustainable development,” the Prime Minister tweeted. On Monday, the President of the European Commission had appreciated PM Modi’s leadership and said that India is a key partner ”on fighting the global climate”.

“Good to continue close collaboration with Prime Minister Narendra Modi #COP26 as well. India is a key partner on fighting global climate. I greatly appreciate PM Modi leadership,” she said in a tweet.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi met Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He also met members of the Indian community in Glasgow to strengthen people-to-people bonds between the two countries ahead of his participation in the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26).
At COP26, the world leaders are expected to work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines, mobilisation of climate finance, actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer and keeping in reach the goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures.

GLASGOW: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders at the launch of Infrastructure for Resilient Islands States, in Glasgow on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

The COP26 is taking place under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26 is titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) and the Summit has participation by heads of State/Government of over 120 countries. The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to participate in the event. (ANI)