On Friday, April 2, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Arindam Bagchi, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the invitation to attend the Climate Summit, which was sent to him by the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden. During an online media briefing, Arindam Bagchi said, “US President Joe Biden has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the Leaders' Climate Summit. PM Modi welcomed Joe Biden's initiative and accepted the invitation."
The Leaders’ Climate Summit is scheduled to begin on April 22, Thursday, and end on April 23, Friday. The meeting will be held virtually through a video conferencing platform and will be telecasted live so the public can watch it. During the summit, all the United States-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will be assembling. This would bring together 17 countries that are highly responsible for an approximate amount of 80 percent of global emissions as well as the global GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
Besides the summit, John Kerry, who is the United States’ Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, is scheduled to visit India for a four-day trip, from April 5 (Monday) to April 8 (Thursday).
On Friday, the MEA released a statement wherein it said that during Kerry’s visit, he will be discussing the upcoming Leaders’ Climate Summit, that will be hosted by Joe Biden, and the major climate issues on the basis of the COP26 meeting which will be held later this year.
Bagchi further said, “We expect that during his visit, Mr. Kerry will be interacting with several ministers, including the external affairs minister as well as ministers of finance, petroleum and natural gas, environment, power, and new and renewable energy." Joe Biden has sent an invitation to 40 leaders of the World to the US-hosted Climate Summit to enlighten upon the importance, urgency, and various economic benefits that might come along with better climate actions.