Indian Prime Minister Modi confirms participation in COP26

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the COP26 climate summit, confirmed his post on Sunday, a positive signal for the conference, which has been rejected by some of the world’s leading politicians. Mr. Modi’s office said the climate summit was an important opportunity for “plan the way forward».

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Officials have indicated that India, the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China, will make a new offer without giving details. More than 120 heads of state and government are expected at the largest climate summit since the Paris Talks in 2015 on November 1 and 2, but Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attract attention because of their absence.

Climate ambassadors from the United States, the European Union and the organizers of the UK summit have visited New Delhi several times in the past few weeks to encourage the Modi government to do more to reduce carbon emissions.

Mr. Modi will also travel to the Group of 20 summit in Rome next weekend, where rising temperatures will also be a key issue, his office said in a statement. According to the International Energy Agency, India now produces the same amount of carbon dioxide as the European Union, although per capita consumption is two-thirds lower.

According to the agency, India’s carbon emissions are expected to exceed 2019 levels in 2021 as the economy recovers from the pandemic.