New Delhi: Union Minister for Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav said the world needs to work together to address the climate crisis in accordance with the founding principles of the Rio conventions .
Participating the 1st India – Japan Environment week Bhupender Yadav said, “there is need for urgent urgent attention toward sustainable production and consumption to confront climate challenges”.
Yadav also stressed that India and Japan may explore strengthening bilateral cooperation especially on circular economy and resource efficiency, low carbon technology, green hydrogen among others.
“To build a better world and a better future leaving no one behind, we should promote just and equitable growth for all in the world, in a sustainable, holistic, responsible, and inclusive manner” he said.
Highlighting the importance of LiFE for tackling the environmental challenges Yadav said Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of the UN Secretary General António Guterres, at the Statue of Unity, Ekta Nagar, Gujarat.
He said India seeks to lead by example, and invites the global community to be a part of Mission LiFE for individual, family and community-based actions.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Environment of Japan Akihiro Nishimura said, In order to resolve the global environment issues action demonstrated by the G7 and G20 countries is the key and added that India Japan must closely lead the way among the international community on the environment issues.
He also emphasized on Private sector funds to fight against the climate crisis and said “these funds are indispensable to limit the global temperature to 1.5 degrees committed under the Paris agreement”.
Earlier the both the leaders held a bilateral meeting to discuss a range of issues including G7-G20 collaboration, LiFE, Marine, Plastic Waste, COP-27 and CBD 15.
Speaking at the event Bhupender Yadav said that it is a coincidence that both Japan and India have taken over Presidencies of the G7 and G20.
He said this presents an opportunity for both countries to set the agendas and priorities for shaping the future of the world towards “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth One Family” ·
Yadav further added that during India’s G-20 Presidency, LiFE is one of the important priorities for all the working groups cutting across many ministries and departments.
He also sought support of Japan for India’s G-20 Presidency, and also assured India’s support for Japan’s G-7 Presidency.
The Minister also acknowledged and appreciated the efforts made by Japan in bringing new technologies to India.