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John Kerry to begin India visit today for ‘climate crisis efforts’

Kerry will meet with both ministers and officials in the Indian government, as well as private sector leaders to “discuss efforts to raise global climate ambition and speed India’s clean energy transition’’.

By: Express News Service | Washington |
Updated: September 12, 2021 3:14:49 am
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. (File)

The US Department of State has confirmed that Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to India from September 12 to 14. The visit has been planned to “engage with international counterparts on efforts to address the climate crisis,” according to a statement from the US Department of State.

Kerry will meet with both ministers and officials in the Indian government, as well as private sector leaders to “discuss efforts to raise global climate ambition and speed India’s clean energy transition’’.

During his visit, the United States and India will launch the Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue (CAFMD), one of the two main tracks of the US-India Agenda 2030 Partnership that President Biden and Prime Minister Modi announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate in April 2021.

“The Special Envoy’s travel will bolster the United States’ bilateral and multilateral climate efforts ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be held October 31 to November 12, 2021, in Glasgow, United Kingdom,’’ the US Department of State said.

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav held a telephonic conversation with Kerry on August 24, ahead of his visit to India to discuss the CAFMD under India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership.

Kerry is likely to meet Yadav on Monday. Officials in the Environment Ministry have maintained that issues relating to the upcoming COP26 meeting will be discussed by the two.

Yadav is likely to raise issues of transfer of 1 billion dollar financial assistance to developing countries, a commitment earlier made by developed countries but yet to see fulfilment.

Yadav had raised similar issues with COP26 president Alok Sharma earlier last month, on Sharma’s second visit to India this year.

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