India sought cooperation among countries in finance and technology sectors to tackle climate change. Besides, it once again underlined the need for countries to take pre-2020 climate actions to curb emissions.
“Cooperation is the key for taking (climate) actions. Every country is at a different stage of development. We need cooperation. We have the will to act,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a joint press conference with German Minister Barbara Hendricks at the Seventh St Petersburg Climate Dialogue in Berlin.
Javadekar said that India has already started the process of ratification of Paris Climate agreement and even during the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, both emphasised that the process should be completed at the earliest.
“When we talk of technology, Germany is most reliable name in many fields and therefore, there is finance, technology and mutual cooperation and walking the talk,” he said in Berlin.
Since 2010, the annual dialogue has provided the opportunity for countries to engage in an informal exchange of experiences on international climate policy.
Javadekar said that on October 5 last year Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Angela Markel issued a joint statement which is the “basis” of India-Germany partnership programme.
Prime Minister Modi had also admired Merkel’s leadership in combating climate change. Both the countries had agreed on an India-Germany Climate and Renewable Alliance with a long term vision and a comprehensive agenda of combating climate change.
“What we have achieved in New York, we signed it (agreement). Now we have to implement it. So pre-2020 actions are also important and will also be discussed here in St Petersburg,” Javadekar said adding that he was hopeful of the outcome at this dialogue.
(With the inputs from the PTI)