India has extended full support to the UK for the successful completion of COP26 summit

India is committed to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement and will work constructively for the successful and balanced outcome at COP26, said Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav.

He said this during his meeting with Alok Sharma, the COP26 President in New Delhi on Wednesday, wherein both sides discussed issues relating to climate change, COP26, India-UK 2030 Roadmap and other issues.

The Environment Minister extended India’s full support to the UK for the COP26 summit to be held in Glasgow in November this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the flagship event, scheduled to be held from November 1 to 12.

“India believes that Climate actions must be nationally determined and strongly advocates that the differentiation and operationalization of flexibility provided in the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement for developing countries should be at the core of decision-making” emphasized Yadav.

He noted that the world needs higher concrete actions in terms of climate finance and technology transfer by the developed countries.

The Environment Minister also mentioned about the global initiatives spearheaded by India under the leadership of PM Modi for tackling climate change viz. Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT), Coalition on Coalition Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Both the leaders also exchanged views on important climate negotiation agenda items to be deliberated in the upcoming COP26 at Glasgow.

British-Indian, Alok Sharma is UK’s Cabinet Minister in charge of the UK's presidency of the COP26 climate summit in November.

He is on a three-day visit to India from 16-18 August to hold discussions with senior Indian ministers and leaders from industry and civil society ahead of the summit in Scotland.

India is seen as critical to world leaders agreeing to climate action targets.