Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said that as the world is unitedly engaged in finding a vaccine for novel Coronavirus, likewise it should have climate technology as open source which must be available at affordable cost. Representing India in the first virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue, Mr Javadekar stressed on the issue of climate finance and said the world now needs more. He said, we must plan for 1 trillion dollar in grants to developing world immediately.
Expressing solidarity with the world as it combats the COVID 19 pandemic the Minister highlighted how COVID – 19 has taught people that they can survive on less. He said, the world must think of adopting more sustainable consumption patterns in line with requirement of sustainable lifestyles, as was first mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Paris COP. He mentioned that India’s Nationally Determined Contributions spanning a ten-year time frame are ambitious and are also compliant with the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.
The first virtual Climate Dialogue, was the eleventh session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue which has been hosted by Germany since 2010 to provide a forum for informal high-level political discussions, focusing both on international climate negotiations and the advancement of climate action. The dialogue saw participation from Ministers and representatives of about 30 countries.
The Union Minister also participated in an Indo German bilateral meeting with Ms. Svenja Shulze, Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany. This bilateral meeting was held through video conference just before the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.