India, USA launch Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue

India and the United States of America on Monday launched the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD). The CAFMD is one of the two tracks of the India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 partnership launched at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate in April 2021 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden.

The dialogue was formally launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate change Bhupender Yadav and John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), at an event held in New Delhi.

Speaking at the launch, Bhupender Yadav said that the dialogue will not only strengthen India-US bilateral cooperation on climate and environment but will also help to demonstrate how the world can align swift climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, taking into account national circumstances and sustainable development priorities.

“India and the United States are natural partners with shared values and our agenda encompasses all major pillars of our strategic priorities – including defence, security, energy, technology, education and healthcare,” said the Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav. He emphasised on the deep ties shared by the two mature and vibrant democracies.

Speaking at the launch of Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue John Kerry applauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for setting an ambitious target of achieving 450GW renewable energy by 2030 and congratulated India for already achieving 100 GW.

The US Climate envoy lauded India’s leadership role in demonstrating how economic development and clean energy can go hand in hand and stated that urgent Global Climate Action is the need of the hour. John Kerry stressed that India and the US are working towards speedier deployment of clean energy.

The launch was preceded by a bilateral meet where both sides discussed at length a wide range of climate issues relating to COP26, Climate Ambition, Climate Finance, Global Climate Initiatives including International Solar Alliance (ISA), Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C).

Image courtesy of Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy

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