Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 on 23 September in New York. To be held in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters, PM Modi will be joining other global leaders at the Summit in the backdrop of US withdrawal from the Paris climate deal.

The UN Climate Action Summit is being held before the second general assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) scheduled in New Delhi from 30 October to 2 November. ISA was jointly launched by the PM Modi and the President of France on 30th November 2015 in Paris, on the sidelines of COP-21, the UN Climate Conference.

“UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050,” according to information available on the UN website.

This also comes at a time of even as countries such as India have been trying to rejig its energy mix in favour of green energy sources. At present, India has an installed power-generation capacity of 357,875 megawatts (MW), of which around 22% or 80,000 MW is generated through clean energy projects such as solar and wind. With addition of large hydro projects to clean energy segment, India is poised to have 225 GW of renewable energy by 2022.

In his Independence Day speech, Modi also called for phasing out single-use plastic. The NDA government has planned a mass movement from 2 October, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, to phase out single-use plastic.

“The Secretary-General has asked world leaders to come to the Summit to announce bold actions and multi-stakeholder initiatives that will spearhead ambitious action on the ground,” the information added.