Prime Minister Modi Attends Heads of State Summits in Rome and Glasgow

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a five-day visit to Italy (Rome) and Great Britain (Glasgow). He participated in the 26th UN Conference of Parties (COP26), at which he outlined India's commitments to the development of renewable energy sources, and at the G20 summit, where he outlined the country's position on global issues.

At the Glasgow Climate Conference, Prime Minister Modi made a constructive statement and highlighted the scale and depth of India's climate change response and the future goals the country has set for itself.

In his speech at COP26, Prime Minister Modi announced five "primary elements" (amrit tattwa), including the goal of achieving zero emissions by 2070. He announced that India will increase its non-fossil energy production capacity to 500 GW and cover 50 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Highlighting India's efforts to tackle climate change, Prime Minister Modi said India is the only major economy to follow the Paris Accords in letter and in spirit.

Noting that climate change is a big threat to the existence of some developing countries, Prime Minister Modi said that it is his duty to raise the voice of developing countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched the Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) project in Glasgow. Its launch was part of the activities of the International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), created in 2016 at the initiative of Narendra Modi.

The Indian Prime Minister also attended the Infrastructure for Sustainable Island States launch event and announced that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will create a dedicated database for Small Island Developing States (SIDS ) to obtain timely information on cyclones, coral reef and coastline monitoring via satellite.

He also attended the Build Back Better for the World (B3W) partnership event and highlighted four aspects of building infrastructure, including sustainable and transparent funding that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.

In Rome, Prime Minister Modi attended the G20 summit and held several bilateral meetings with leading world leaders. He met with President of the European Council Charles Michel and Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on the sidelines of the 16th G20 Summit. During the meeting, the leaders of India and the EU addressed a wide range of issues related to political ties and relations in the field of security, trade and investment.

During his visit to Rome, Prime Minister Modi spoke with members of various organizations, including representatives of the Sikh community. In addition, he held bilateral meetings with several heads of state on the sidelines of the G20 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Narendra Modi also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron, and both leaders expressed satisfaction with the state of the large-scale strategic partnership between India and France.

Attending three sessions on issues such as the global economy, climate change mitigation and sustainable development, the Prime Minister stressed that India has always taken its global commitments seriously.

He also supported a minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent, which will be a vital step in creating a fairer global financial architecture.

Highlighting the need to mitigate climate change and ensure climate justice, Prime Minister Modi presented three practical points to G20 partners. He noted that it is imperative that the UN Sustainable Development Goals are a priority in the world in the post-Covid-19 recovery process.

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