At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed that India host the 33rd Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 33) in 2028. Speaking during the opening ceremony’s high-level segment, PM Modi reaffirmed India’s commitment to the UN Framework for Climate Change process.
“India is committed to the UN Framework for Climate Change process. That is why, from this stage, I propose to host the COP33 Summit in India in 2028,” expressed Prime Minister Modi, making a significant commitment to addressing global climate concerns.
Asserting that the world does not have much time to correct the mistakes of the last century, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a ‘Green Credit Initiative’ focused on creating carbon sinks through people’s participation. The Green Credit programme is independent of the carbon credit under the Carbon Credit Trading Scheme, 2023. It will allow individuals, entities, organisations, states, to take positive action that will help the planet and further add credits to their tally.
In his visionary speech, PM Modi stressed the importance of providing all developing countries with a fair share in the global carbon budget. He was the sole leader to join the opening plenary, sharing the stage with COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber and UN Climate Change President Simon Steill.
Prime Minister Modi outlined India’s climate goals, including a 45% reduction in emissions intensity by 2030 and an increase in the share of non-fossil fuel to 50%. Additionally, he announced India’s unwavering commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by the year 2070.