Need to Ensure Countries Take their Obligations Seriously to Combat Climate Change: India

India has underscored the need to ensure that the nations take their obligations seriously to combat the climate change with the urgency it deserves. India's permanent representative to the UN ambassador TS Tirumurti said India was doing its part to combat the climate change with determination and focus, and in the spirit of South-South cooperation.

September 29, 2020. By Manu Tayal

India has underscored the need to ensure that the nations take their obligations seriously to combat the climate change with the urgency it deserves.

India's permanent representative to the UN ambassador TS Tirumurti said India was doing its part to combat the climate change with determination and focus, and in the spirit of South-South cooperation.

“We need to accost immediately the reality of climate change and ensure that in the spirit of common but differentiated responsibilities, countries take their obligations seriously and meet their commitments and contributions to combat climate change with the urgency it deserves,” he said, reported PTI.

“India is doing its part to combat climate change with determination and focus and in the spirit of South-South cooperation,” he said.

Through a video message, Tirumurti addressed the ‘historic’ handing over of Palau Global Village conference facilities inaugurated by President of Palau Thomas Remengesau.

India partnered with Palau in establishing this facility. The renovated Palau Civic Hall and the Palau Community College will provide critical institutional support to the Ocean Conference 2020 slated to be held in Palau on December 7-8, 2020.

Tirumurti said India was committed to tackle the impact of climate change and supports Palau's efforts to achieve their goals through necessary developmental and technical assistance.

“The oceans, which surround us have the ability to be a benefactor, as well as an existential threat. Pacific Island countries are among the most vulnerable countries in the world,” he said, adding that there is constant exposure to extreme weather conditions with tropical cyclone floods and drought.

Tirumurti said the handing-over ceremony marked the successful completion and handover of the ocean village facilities in Palau.

“The project sees the culmination of the untiring efforts and resolve of friends from Palau, who have overcome tremendous logistical odds posed by this global pandemic and developed these state-of-the-art facilities,” he said.

The Indian envoy termed the cooperation as a testimony to India-Palau partnership, which has heralded a new chapter of development cooperation under the India UN development partnership fund.

“India’s interactions with fellow developing countries are marked by a sense of kinship and solidarity,” he said.

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