addressing the gathering at the inauguration of India Pavilion at the ongoing
meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-23) at Bonn in Germany, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and
Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan categorically expressed that India considers
climate change as a major threat to collective well-being and it wants to play
a constructive role in combating it. Moreover, the climate change will put a
disproportionate burden on the poor and marginalized sections of the global
community. Adding that scientific
evidence clearly indicates the severity of the climate change and the cost of
delayed action, he affirmed “Access to
clean air, water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And
solving this crisis is just not a question of politics, it is our moral
obligation.” Though India’s contribution to global stock of carbon dioxide is
less than 3%, it has moved ahead with implementation of path-breaking
initiatives under the leadership of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The Minister pointed out, an official release goes on to say, that India
Pavilion is a window to our heritage and our progress, our traditions and
indigenous technology, aspirations and achievements.
following is the text of the speech of Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Bonn, highlighting
the initiatives India has taken under the leadership of PM Modi towards climate
“I welcome you all to the India Pavilion at COP 23.
India considers climate change a major threat to our collective well-being and
wishes to play a positive and constructive role in combating it. We have large
vulnerable populations and therefore, we take the challenge seriously,
especially because climate change shall put disproportionate burden on the poor
and marginalized sections of the global community. Therefore, this COP is of
great significance to all of us.
We have gathered here at COP-23 in Bonn to move
forward and work towards developing guidelines for efficient implementation of
the Paris Agreement under the Convention.
Scientific evidence clearly indicates the severity of
it and the cost of delayed action. Access to clean air, water, and a liveable
climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is just not a
question of politics, it is our moral obligation. We have only one planet
and humankind must become accountable for the destruction of our collective
home. Protecting our future on this planet depends on the conscious evolution
of our species. Though India’s per capita emissions are only one-third of
global average, and its contribution to global stock of carbon dioxide is less
than 3%, it has still moved ahead with implementation of path breaking
initiatives under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra
A series of events will be hosted at India Pavilion
showcasing India’s achievement, contributions and initiatives to address
various dimensions of climate change and we invite exchange of views and best
practices among different stakeholders. Therefore, we are here with a constructive and
positive approach. One of the key global objectives is to develop an inclusive
world order that leaves no one behind. Therefore, poverty eradication is one of
the most fundamental objective that we all must work together to bestow upon
the future generations a healthy and green planet.
Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister, we
have launched many policies and institutional mechanisms to advance our climate
actions. These initiatives are a reflection of our commitment towards addressing
climate change concerns including energy security, food and water security,
capacity enhancement at national and state level etc. Some of the key
· Achieving about 58.3 GW of Renewable
Energy Capacity out of a targeted 175 GW for 2022.
· Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for
providing free LPG connections and Ujala for embracing energy efficient LED
bulbs dedicated towards supporting citizens move towards sustainable lifestyle.
broad policy initiatives of the central government are supplemented by actions
of the State Governments. 32 States and Union Territories have put in place the
State Action Plan on Climate Change attempting to mainstream climate change
concerns in their planning process.
part of our mission on strategic knowledge on climate change, we have
established 8 Global Technology Watch Groups in the areas of Renewable Energy
Technology, Advance Coal Technology, Enhanced Energy Efficiency, Green Forest,
Sustainable Habitat, Water, Sustainable Agriculture and Manufacturing.
is one of the few countries where, despite ongoing development, forest and tree
cover has increased transforming country’s forests into a net sink owing to
national policies aimed at conservation and sustainable management of forests.
number of schemes for transformation and rejuvenation of urban areas have been
launched including Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and
Urban Transformation. These schemes have integrated appropriate adaptation and
mitigation measures for environment protection.
Bharat Mission has been launched with aim to make India clean and litter
free. Government has recently revised following waste management rules to make
them more effective, efficient and stringent.
has revised six waste management rules which are more effective, efficient and
stringent. These include rules for solid waste, Plastic waste, E-waste,
bio-Medical and Hazardous and Construction and Demolition Waste.
of India's extensive Railway routes and Highways is being undertaken.
Quality Index launched in over 30 cities to provide real-time data of air
pollution on daily basis.
Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana has been formulated with the vision of extending
the coverage of irrigation and improving water use efficiency ‘More
crop per drop'.
Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has been launched for farmers’ welfare. Another scheme
has been launched to provide Soil Health Card to every farmer. Further
Government of India has set up the goal is to double the income of the farmers
Phase of Science Express Climate Action Special train with the aim to
create awareness among various sections of society, especially students,
on the science of climate change, the
observed and anticipated impacts, and different possible responses as
to how climate change can be combated.
has launched “Skill India” with the target to provide skill training in various
sectors including sustainable development to about 400 million people by 2022.
Effect, Zero Defect is a policy initiative to enhance energy efficiency and
resources efficiency in Medium & Small Industries.
important initiative relating to rivers is the National Mission for Clean Ganga
which seeks to rejuvenate the river along its length of more than 2,500 km.
India has been launched to transform India into digital empowered society and
these schemes contribute to mitigation and adaptation.
India has been ambitious in its climate change actions
and expects other countries also to be ambitious based on their historical
responsibility on the basis of equity and Common but Differentiated
Responsibilities. We also believe that contribution of citizens, sustainable
lifestyles and climate justice provides an alternative means to address climate
change which must be rigorously pursued.”