The planet's atmosphere, biodiversity and oceans can not be protected by countries acting in silos, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday while speaking virtually at the G7 Summit. Stressing that India is the only G-20 country on track to meet its Paris commitments, Modi called for collective action on climate change.
The prime minister mentioned the commitment by Indian Railways to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2030, and also took note of the increasing effectiveness of the two major global initiatives nurtured by India—the CDRI and the International Solar Alliance.
“The Prime Minister stressed that developing countries need better access to climate finance, and called for a holistic approach towards climate change that covers all dimensions of the problem- mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, climate financing, equity, climate justice and lifestyle change,” said a PMO statement.
On the second day of the Outreach Sessions of the Summit, Modi took part in two sessions titled ‘Building Back Together—Open Societies and Economies’ and ‘Building Back Greener: Climate and Nature’.
Speaking at the 'Open Societies' session, the prime minister recalled that democracy and freedom were a part of India’s civilizations ethos. According the PMO statement, Modi shared the concern expressed by several leaders that open societies are particularly vulnerable to disinformation and cyber-attacks, and stressed the need to ensure that cyberspace remains an avenue for advancing democratic values and not of subverting it.
The prime minister highlighted the non-democratic and unequal nature of global governance institutions, called for the reform of the multilateral system as the best signal of commitment to the cause of Open Societies.
The leaders adopted the ‘Open Societies Statement’ at the end of the meeting.