Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Paris late on Sunday night to attend the crucial climate change conference also known as Conference of Parties (CoP-21) in which a legally binding universal agreement to curb green house gas emissions among nations is expected to be achieved. On the sidelines of the Paris summit , PM Modi will meet US President Barack Obama to review progress in bilateral relationship and discuss regional and global issues including terrorism.
On the first day of the 12-day conference, President Obama and PM Modi are expected to meet at 2.45 PM local time Paris. They are likely to make a brief media appearance, according to the President’s schedule released by the White House.
After PM Modi came to power in May last year, the two leaders have so far met for a record five times. They last met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September. Paris meeting will be the sixth bilateral meeting between them.
The first meeting between the two leaders was in Washington in September last year when Obama hosted PM Modi at the White House. Obama accepted PM Modi’s invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade on January 26 this year in New Delhi. In between, they met twice on the sidelines of other international meetings including G-20.
Immediately after the Paris bilateral, the two leaders would be joined by French President Francois Hollande along with other leaders and members of the private sector for Mission Innovation Event.
Obama is also expected to hold a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the Indian pavilion at the climate change summit and jointly launch the India-mooted International Solar Alliance with French President Francois Hollande later today.
Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister said in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat': “The whole world is worried about climate change. There are discussions everywhere over it and concerns are being expressed…The temperature of the Earth should not increase now. It is the responsibility and concern of all.”
Paris climate conference will for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2C.
PM Modi would join an estimated 150 world leaders at the crucial climate change summit. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
(With inputs from news agencies)