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Climate change: PM Modi says India will host first summit of International Solar Alliance in March

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister Narendra Modi elaborated on threat of climate change and what India is doing to generate more renewable power.

Davos Summit 2018 Updated: Jan 23, 2018 22:02 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Davos
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the opening plenary at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Reuters Photo)

Citing climate change as one of the biggest global challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday India will host the first summit of the International Solar Alliance (IAS) in March.

“In 2016, India and France jointly envisioned a new international treaty based organisation. This revolutionary step has now changed into a successful experiment,” Modi told the plenary session of the World Economic Forum.

“As an International Solar Alliance, it is now a reality after the necessary treaty ratification. I am happy that in March, French President (Emmanuel) Macron and leaders of member countries of the Alliance will participate in the first summit of the Alliance, which will be held in New Delhi on my joint invitation.”

Addressing world leaders and global corporate honchos at the plenary session of the WEF — the second Indian Prime Minister to do so in 21 years — Modi took the opportunity to elaborate on the threat of climate change.

On India’s efforts to generate more renewable power, Modi said: “To save the environment and to counter climate change, a huge campaign, a very big goal my government has placed in front of the country.

“By 2022 we have to produce 175 GW renewable energy in India. In last three years, we have achieved more than one-third of the target.”

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 22:01 IST