Local weather partnership to be ‘core pillar’ of US-India cooperation: Biden

Washington, April 24

US President Joe Biden has said that he wants to make achieving climate and energy goals “a core pillar” of bilateral cooperation with India and is looking forward to working with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter.

Biden’s remarks came a day after the two countries announced a ‘US-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership’ to create stronger bilateral cooperation on actions in the current decade to meet the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement.

“I’m looking forward to working with India’s Prime Minister Modi in a new partnership to achieve our climate and energy goals, making this a core pillar of our bilateral cooperation,” Biden said in his address to the two-day virtual summit on climate change on Friday.

The partnership includes deploying 450 gigawatts of renewable power to meet the ambitious 2030 target for climate action and clean energy.

The partnership will proceed along two main tracks – the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership, co-chaired by Secretary of Energy Granholm, and the Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue, co-chaired by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, a joint statement said.

Addressing the final session of the virtual climate summit on Friday, Biden said this is about the opportunity that addressing climate change provides.

It’s an opportunity to create millions of good-paying jobs around the world and innovate – in innovative sectors – jobs that bring greater quality of life, greater dignity to the people performing those jobs in every nation, he said. PTI

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