New Delhi, September 24 (G’nY News Service): The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has by far been a worthwhile summit for both the countries. After the US shoulders the gargantuan task of cleaning the Ganga on the first day of the conference, the second day was marked by an energy security, climate change and clean energy MoU signed between India and the United Sates.
Co-chaired by the Indian Minister for External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj and the US Secretary of State John Kerry, the USIBC also went miles in reinforcing the commitment to work together to achieve India’s intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) for the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to be held in Paris this December. The State Secretary stated that both the countries are fully focused on reaching ‘a truly meaningful, truly comprehensive and truly ambitious climate agreement in Paris later this year.’
As per John Kerry, India’s goal of generating 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022 is the most aspiring aim of the world in the area of renewable. The State Secretary also added that the United States look forward to assisting India in such a motivated goal.
Over the last few days, both the countries met myriad times to discuss the key issues of energy and climate change. As per Sushma Swaraj, climate change is one of the most important concerns of a growing nation like India and the country is firmly committed to take up immediate mitigation measures.
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“We have agreed to maintain close consultation in the run-up to the COP 21, the Paris conference of parties under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the Hindu quoted her saying.
A new fellowship programme tailored to build long-term capacity to address climate change-related issues in both countries was also introduced in the summit.
Also present in the conference were US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.