UK minister’s India visit focuses on joint efforts on climate change

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The UK and India are working to increase analysis and collaboration hyperlinks to sort out climate change, Britain’s South Asia minister stated on Saturday as he concluded a five-day tour of India.

Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth within the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) stated science and know-how partnerships between the UK and India are already taking part in an important function to sort out essentially the most urgent world challenges, together with ending the COVID-19 pandemic by means of joint work to offer doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured in India, to creating nations.

He additionally flagged an enormous scope for increasing present work to sort out climate change forward of the United Nations COP26 climate summit, to be held in Glasgow in November.

“The UK and India have an invaluable partnership, including tackling COVID-19, with the Serum Institute of India manufacturing doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – drawing our brightest minds together to save lives as a global force for good,” stated Lord Ahmad.

“India has quadrupled wind and solar capacity in the last decade and committed to net zero emissions in the Indian Railways by 2030. I saw first-hand how we can work even more closely together on tackling climate action by sharing our solutions and expertise. Deepening UK-India collaboration will be crucial to building up to a successful outcome at COP26,” he stated.

The minister’s visit coincided with the launch of the UK’s Integrated Review, which requires a stronger UK focus on Indo-Pacific partnerships, forward of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India and the UK’s G7 Summit in June which Prime Minister Modi has been invited to affix.

Lord Ahmad’s visit, additionally meant to put additional groundwork for Johnson’s visit in April, coated conferences with leaders from Tamil Nadu to debate how the UK may share experience with India on offshore wind power on the headquarters of India’s National Institute of Wind Energy in Chennai.

The UK has the biggest offshore wind capability on this planet, and the minister stated he appears ahead to India attending the Global Offshore Wind Summit 2021 in London in September.

The FCDO famous Tamil Nadu’s bold goal for all taxis, two and three wheelers within the state’s six main cities to be electrical by 2030.

Ahmad additionally attended a roundtable at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras Research Park to construct on hyperlinks between the state and Dundee Council, which is a world-leading metropolis in adoption of electrical autos.

“Both the UK and India are proud signatories to the Paris Agreement, and the UK is keen to work with India ahead of COP26 in November to lead the global shift to a low carbon economy and expand access to sustainable energy,” the FCDO notes.

The ministerial agenda additionally coated Delhi, the place Lord Ahmad met with senior Indian authorities ministers and visited the Lotus Temple for a roundtable on freedom of faith and perception. He additionally visited Chandigarh, the place he met with agri-tech companies, earlier than heading to Chennai.

The visit constructed on the assembly between UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2020, which set out additional cooperation on medicines and vaccines to handle world healthcare.

“The partnership between the Serum Institute of India and Oxford University demonstrates the UK-India relationship at its best, ensuring developing countries receive vaccines, and is an ongoing example of the two countries working together to save lives as a global force for good in the world,” the FCDO stated.

The Integrated Review, launched by Boris Johnson within the House of Commons earlier this week, units out a brand new overseas, defence and improvement coverage imaginative and prescient for the UK.

The FCDO highlighted that it makes clear the federal government’s ambition for the UK’s function on this planet and the long-term strategic goals for nationwide safety, improvement and overseas coverage, together with by means of enhancing partnerships with nations together with India.

“This will strengthen our security, build resilience to global challenges like climate change and Covid-19 and boost our strategic advantages through science and technology,” it stated.

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