Javadekar meets John Kerry, discusses climate finance, joint research

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John Kerry

New Delhi (NVI): Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today met US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry and the two leaders discussed a range of issues including climate finance, joint research and collaboration.

Kerry arrived here yesterday on a four-day India visit to hold consultations on increasing climate ambition, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s ‘Leaders’ Summit on Climate’ on April 22-23, as well as key climate issues in the context of the COP26 meet to be held later this year.

Javadekar tweeted after his meeting with the US special envoy: “Had an engaging and fruitful discussion with Mr. @JohnKerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. We discussed a range of issues including #ClimateFinance, joint research and collaboration etc.”

Yesterday, ahead of Kerry’s arrival in New Delhi, the US Embassy here had said that India is a critical part of the solution to the climate crisis and that it sees New Delhi as an important partner on future clean energy research, development, and deployment.

Kerry will also be meeting with representatives of the Indian government, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations, during his visit, the US Embassy spokesman had said in a statement yesterday.

“A key focus for our Administration is supporting and encouraging India’s decarbonization efforts through clean, zero, and low-carbon investment, and supporting India in mitigating its fossil energy use,” read the statement.

John Kerry is traveling to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, and Dhaka from April 1-9, for consultations on increasing climate ambition, ahead of President Joe Biden’s Leaders’ Summit on Climate (April 22-23) and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) later this year, as per the US Embassy.

President Biden had also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the Leaders’ Summit on Climate, which will be held virtually, and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to be held on April 22 and 23.

Prime Minister Modi has welcomed President Biden’s initiative and already accepted the invitation this month.