After delivering an electrifying address in Houston, PM Modi began his New York schedule by arriving at the UN Headquarters for the Climate Change Summit. PM Modi is among the first set of speakers to address the Summit, along with Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, President of Marshall Islands Hilda Heine and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Over 63 countries have been invited to speak at the Summit, which will demonstrate solutions by governments, the private sector, and civil society to reduce emissions and build climate resilience and adaptation.
The summit is largely seen as a precursor to international climate negotiations due in 2020, which is the next deadline for countries to make dramatic emissions reduction promises under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. PM Modi will shortly speak at the Climate Summit at the UN HQ in New York.
Leaders from nearly 200 countries are attending a special UN Summit on climate change today as they face increasing pressure from citizens around the world to cut global greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming. PM Modi has a packed bilateral and multi-lateral agenda over the next five days, including nine key speeches at high-level summits.
PM Modi's day began on Monday, September 23, with the high-level Climate Action Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the UN General Assembly chamber. Immediately after this session, PM Modi will address the first-ever high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage, which will launch new efforts to provide access for all to affordable, inclusive and resilient health systems. Later in the day, PM Modi will speak at the 'Leaders' Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives', organized by a group of countries, along with the UN Secretariat, which deals with the Office of Counterterrorism. The meeting is led by the King of Jordan Abdullah II, President of France Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern.