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Modi at COP26: PM launches infrastructure initiative for island countries to fight climate change

Modi at COP26: PM launches infrastructure initiative for island countries to fight climate change

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched an infrastructure programme to help island nations to tackle and deal with the effects of climate change.

Launching the Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS) for developing infrastructure of small island nations at the United Nations COP26 in Glasgow, the prime minister said that it gives new hope, new confidence and satisfaction of doing something for the most vulnerable countries.

Prime Minister Modi was joined by his British counterpart Boris Johnson on the second day of the COP26 climate summit here. The launch event was also attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Talking about the ill effects of climate change faced by the world in recent years, Modi said, “The past few decades have proven that nobody remains untouched by effects of climate change. Be it developed nations or nations that are rich in natural resources.”

Asserting that small islands face the greatest challenges of climate change and global warming, Modi also said, “Small Island Developing States are most threatened with climate change. For them, it’s a matter of life and death, a challenge to their existence. Calamities due to climate change can become devastating for them. It isn’t only a challenge for their lives but also for their economy.”

Highlighting India’s role in the new initiative, the PM said, “India’s space agency ISRO will build a special data window for SIDS (Small Island Developing States). With this, SIDS will continue to get timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring etc. through satellite.”

“Guessing the threat of climate change on Small Island Developing States, India made special arrangements for cooperation with Pacific Islands and CARICOM countries. We trained their citizens in solar technologies, made continuous contributions to development.” Modi said.

Earlier, Modi during an official address, said that India is putting climate change at the centre of its policies and stressed the need to include climate adaptation policies in the school syllabus to make the next generation aware of the issues.

“Today the entire world acknowledges that India is the only big economy in the world that has delivered both ‘in letter and spirit’ on its Paris commitments. We are making all possible efforts in a resolute manner. We are working hard and we will show results,” the Prime Minister said in a much-anticipated address.

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, in December 2015.

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