Poland and India are among the few countries that agreed to attend US President Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate. 40 countries were invited to take part in the online event, and so far only 8 countries accepted. In his invitation, Biden urged leaders to use the summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries also will contribute to stronger climate ambition.
The other six nations that have confirmed their participation are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Colombia, Marshall Islands, Mexico and Singapore. The two-day summit is set to start on 22 April 2021, which is “Earth Day”. India’s foreign ministry said last week that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also accepted his invitation. The United States’ special envoy for climate John Kerry is set to visit New Delhi this week.
“As one of the world’s largest economies and a global leader in science and innovation, India is a critical part of the solution to the climate crisis. We see India as an important partner on future clean energy research, development, and deployment, not least because of their successful domestic agenda in this area. A key focus for our Administration is supporting and encouraging India’s decarburization efforts through clean, zero, and low-carbon investment, and supporting India in mitigating its fossil energy use,” the spokesperson said.