In a recent discussion hosted by North India Strategic Intelligence Review (NIndia_SIR) on their Urban Agenda program, a significant focus was placed on India's monumental role in fostering climate-resilient cities. The conversation, led by Manisha Nataraj, revolved around India's substantial urbanization program, the largest globally, and its engagement in the Urban 20 initiative.
India's Climate Diplomacy
The dialogue also touched upon India's climate diplomacy, which faced its most significant test at COP28 in Dubai. The nation's climate diplomacy has undergone a significant transformation since the Paris summit in 2015, where it played a critical role in facilitating the comprehensive agreement to tackle climate change. The nation's remarkable change in its stance at multilateral negotiations, coupled with its partnership with France to announce the International Solar Alliance (ISA), signified its commitment to combating climate change. This commitment will be put to the test at the forthcoming COP28 summit, where the circumstances are expected to be exceptionally challenging.
Climate Funding and Technology Transfer
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has emphasized the need for tangible climate funding and technology transfer at the upcoming summit. Sitharaman's call to action is expected to resonate with the global urgency to address the pressing climate crisis. She has also highlighted the importance of implementing a clear plan for technology transfer and funding these efforts, especially for developing and emerging market economies.
India's Commitment to Renewable Energy
India has displayed its commitment to renewable energy by pledging to meet 50% of the country's electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2030. The nation's stance at the upcoming COP28 summit will further underscore its commitment to clean energy. The discussion highlighted the need for India to ensure that any decisions taken at COP28 concerning the phasing down of fossil fuels are pragmatic and consider the realities faced by developing countries.
In the conversation with Hitesh Vaidya, the former Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, and Devashish Dhar, the author of 'India's Blind Spot', the importance of India's contributions to addressing the challenges posed by urbanization in the context of climate change was underscored. Their insights are expected to shed light on the strategies and measures that India could adopt at COP28 to enhance the resilience of its cities against the backdrop of global environmental concerns.