The Delhi government in a statement on Thursday said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address the 'C40 Climate Change Summit' through video conferencing on solutions to tackle air pollution on Friday.
According to reports, Kejriwal had sought permission from the MEA, as per standard protocol. The Chief Minister was set to lead an eight-member delegation for the summit. He was also scheduled to participate in a session on carbon emission and give the keynote address. As per reports, MEA has given clearance to West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Monday to attend the summit.
This comes a day after the Ministry of External Affairs denied permission to a Kejriwal to fly to Copenhagen to be part of the event, saying that clearance from 'political angle' has been denied and the conference is meant for Mayors, not for Chief Ministers.
Kejriwal is likely to speak about the experiences of how Delhi has been successful in reducing air pollution by 25 percent during the last five years.
"The Chief Minister is also likely to share the experience of how Delhi became the first city in the world to successfully implement the odd-even experiment for restricting vehicular traffic on the roads of the city, which led to a reduction in air pollution in the national capital," the statement read.
The C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen intends to build a global coalition of leading cities, businesses that rallies around ambitious climate action our planet needs. This summit will highlight the efforts of cities on bold climate solutions needed for a sustainable, healthier, resilient and inclusive future. The C40 summit connects more than 90 of the world’s leading cities to take bold climate action and build a healthier and more sustainable future. The summit is scheduled to take place from October 9 to October 12. Copenhagen will host the C40 World Mayors Summit, with side events and activities happening across the city. The main Summit will take place in the Tivoli Congress Center.
(With Inputs from ANI)