United Nations Secretary-General Antonia Guterres with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G20
United Nations Secretary-General Antonia Guterres with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G20

UN Secretary-General lauds PM Modi for his commitment on climate change

ANI | Updated: Nov 30, 2018 22:57 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 30 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Antonia Guterres thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his commitment to tackling climate change.
"Thank you @narendramodi for your commitment to tackle climate change and for your support for the Paris Agreement. It was a pleasure to see you again. #G20," Guterres tweeted.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the ongoing G20 summit to discourse on multiple issues including climate change.
Foreign Secretary Gokhale said that the UN Secretary-General specifically acknowledged the fact that India played a very major role in climate change negotiations. He also acknowledged that the Indian Prime Minister had taken a number of concrete steps towards addressing climate change in his own country.
Apart from mentioning the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as one of the major initiatives of India towards climate change, Guterres also recalled the environmental impacts of the Swachh Bharat Mission and other campaigns that he witnessed during his recent visit to India last month.
The UN Secretary-General also sincerely hoped and expected that in the forthcoming meeting on COP24 (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), scheduled next week in Poland, India will be playing the role of a good Samaritan and urge various countries to come up with certain solutions which would eventually feed into the climate change summit that Guterres is planning in 2019.
Prime Minister Modi also assured the UN Secretary-General that India would play a positive role in the climate change negotiations as it is a part of the Indian culture and civilisation to preserve the environment. (ANI)

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