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Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today wrote a letter to Prime Minister expressing his concern over the stand to be taken by India in the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change. He quoted that Shri Jayaram Ramesh, MOS Forest & Environment has referred to an analysis by the Planning Commission of India based on which India is likely to commit reduction in carbon intensity to the extent of 25% up to the year 2020.

Shri Narendra Modi pointed out to the Prime Minister that majority of the activities in relation to reduction in the carbon emissions are directly linked to State Governments. It will have a major impact on Energy sector, Industrial sector, Agricultural sector and Urban sector. Any announcement in the Climate Change policy matters will have long term impact on various developmental activities initiated by the State Governments. The Chief Minister requested the Prime Minister that State Government should be actively involved in preparation for any policy frame-work with reference to emission standards since it will have major impact not only on the development activities but also on the future of Five Year Plans of the country. The country needs an integrated strategy on Climate Change which needs open discussions with the State Governments.

The Chief Minister also requested the Prime Minister to make available to the States the Analysis Report prepared by Planning Commission based upon which Government of India is likely to make announcement in the Copenhagen. At the same time Mr. Modi assured the Prime Minister that challenges of Climate Change has been accorded high priority by his government and he has created a separate department of Climate Change directly under his supervision. But, his major concern was that the State Governments are being left out of the consultation while evolving Climate Change Policy may hamper developmental agenda of the States covering a number of areas with the direct burden on individual citizens.

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Prime Minister participates in the first Outreach Session of G7 Summit
June 12, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the first Outreach Session of the G7 Summit today.  

The session, titled ‘Building Back Stronger - Health’, focused on global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and on strengthening resilience against future pandemics. 

During the session, Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the support extended by the G7 and other guest countries during the recent wave of COVID infections in India. 

He highlighted India's ‘whole of society’ approach to fight the pandemic, synergising the efforts of all levels of the government, industry and civil society.   

He also explained India’s successful use of open source digital tools for contact tracing and vaccine management, and conveyed India's willingness to share its experience and expertise with other developing countries.

Prime Minister committed India's support for collective endeavours to improve global health governance. He sought the G7's support for the proposal moved at the WTO by India and South Africa, for a TRIPS waiver on COVID related technologies. 

Prime Minister Modi said that today's meeting should send out a message of "One Earth One Health" for the whole world. Calling for global unity, leadership, and solidarity to prevent future pandemics, Prime Minister emphasized the special responsibility of democratic and transparent societies in this regard. 

PM will participate in the final day of the G7 Summit tomorrow and will speak in two Sessions.