France and India to work together to combat climate change

Posted June 06, 2017

Ahead of a possible meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping in Kazakhstan at the the SCO summit, the two countries remain in a deadlocked position diplomatically.

Through ISA, France and India had committed to promote over one terawatts of solar power generation, bringing electricity to hundreds of millions of families across some of the poorest nations in the world.

After holding talks with Macron, Prime Minister Modi said India was committed to "go above and beyond" the Paris agreement to protect climate for future generations as he termed the UN-brokered deal a shared legacy of the world.

The French president, who responded to Trump's withdrawal by calling the Paris Agreement "irreversible", said France would surpass its Paris agreement commitments.

"Today I want the world to know the U.S. will meet our Paris commitment, and through a partnership among cities, states, and businesses, we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said.

Asked about the chances of India's admission into the grouping during this month's plenary session expected to take place in the Swiss capital Berne, Li said, "China's position on the non-NPT members' participation in the NSG has not changed".

Drawing parallel between terrorism and climate change, Modi added that while every child in France had seen and felt the disgusting nature of terrorism, one of the biggest challenges facing the world today, the other big threat, in terms of climate change and pollution, is mainly invisible, but the one whose impact is being felt all over the world, just like terrorist attacks.

He said that both he and PM Modi were convinced that India and France can do a lot together in the area of environmental transition and climate change. "Terrorism is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today", Mr. Modi said.

There is a level of interdependency between the two countries.

Germany also welcomed India's intensified engagement with the other export control regimes - the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement - and expressed its support for India's early accession to these regimes.

France and India have launched the Global Solar Alliance aimed at developing solar energy and making it accessible to all.

Built between 1806 and 1836, the Arc de Triomphe stands at the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as "Place del'Etoile, and is in honour of all those who fought for France".

He said France wants more Indian students to come to France for education and similarly French students going to India.

France is India's 9th largest investment partner. Macron and Modi also discussed their countries' strategic partnership.

"Now that the United States is out I think it is a great opportunity for the remaining 194 [states] to come together and make it really strong because most of the countries are feeling the pain of climate change".