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India, UK agree to strengthen climate initiatives- Bhupendra Yadav

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change  Bhupender Yadav has said that India and the UK have agreed to strengthen climate initiatives and further their green partnership.  Yadav on Friday held a bilateral meeting with UK Foreign Minister  Elizabeth Truss in New Delhi.The UK will host the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Glasgow from October 31to November 12. 
During the meeting, the Union Minister assured India’s full support to the UK COP Presidency for its meaningful outcome.  He said, the upcoming COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow should  be the COP of action and implementation. During the meeting, both sides discussed crucial issues like COP26, initiatives, India UK Roadmap-bilateral cooperation, Commonwealth Declaration on Climate Change as well as other related issues. Yadav said, the huge expectations in COP 26 include arriving at a consensus on unresolved issues of the Paris Agreement Rule Book, long-term climate finance and  market-based mechanisms. 
Yadav stressed that COP26 should also initiate the process of setting the long-term climate finance for the post-2025 period. He  stated that India welcomes the UK COP 26 Presidency's five key initiatives on sustainable land use, energy transition, low emission vehicle transition, climate finance, and adaptation. During the meeting, both sides also agreed to explore ways and means to strengthen global climate initiatives including the International Solar Alliance, Coalition Disaster Resilient Infrastructure  and Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience  and Mission Innovation.

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