Chennai: Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav on Friday said as the world’s most populous democracy and a vibrant emerging economy, India seeks to lead the global fight against climate change, together with the G20.
In his address at the G20 Environment and Climate Ministers Meet here, he said India’s contribution to global cumulative emissions stands at less than 4 per cent, and the per capita emissions are approximately one-third of the global average.
He said India has consistently been a source of solutions, while historically not being part of the problems. “We have taken decisive domestic actions, set ambitious targets and actively guided international efforts through various initiatives like the ISA, CDRI, Mission LiFE and International Big Cat Alliance”, he added.
“While we have made significant progress, we are not yet on track to reach our developmental and climate goals. We need to further our efforts in reaching our
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets with focus on eradication of poverty,
equitable access to energy and resources, food and water security”, he added.
In this context, Mr Bhupender Yadav said collaboration among nations is crucial for
tackling the complex and interconnected challenges of climate change, biodiversity
loss, desertification and pollution, among others.