External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj acknowledged the threat caused by climate change and highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision ‘One Sun, One Grid’ as a potential solution. Sushma delivered a statement at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that India meets the challenge of climate change, where PM Modi was honoured by the United Nations on September 26.
Sushma Swaraj at UNGA spoke, “Prime Minister Modi in partnership with France launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The United Nations has recognised their contributions and conferred on Prime Minister Modi and (French) President Macron the honour of UN Champions of the Earth. I am happy to inform you that 68 nations are now members of ISA. In March this year, India and France chaired the Founding Conference of ISA in which 120 countries participated. Our Prime Minister has described his vision of sustainable and available energy in a typically apt phrase: One Sun, One Grid. This breakthrough concept can become the solution we seek to the problems.”
Swaraj further said, nations that are in a state of developing or have been developed are facing the climate change the most. They neither have capacity nor have enough resources to meet the crisis. Those who have exploited nature for their needs cannot turn their back to their responsibilities.
To save the world from the climate change crisis, developed nations must be deprived of financial and technical resources. The principle of differentiated and common responsibilities and respective capabilities was mentioned in 2015 Paris Agreement, Sushma added.
She further said that we received a very bad news from Indonesia about the earthquake and tsunami, and the worst part is that both of them occurred at the same time. “On behalf of my country India, I would like to express deep condolences to the government and people of Indonesia. Also, I would assure that India would help in this tragic time”.
400 lives have already been lost, while hundreds of people are still missing in Indonesian Island of Sulawesi after twin powerful earthquakes. Authorities warned that the death figure may increase in coming days.