Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Initiative for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) for developing the infrastructure of small island nations, saying it gives new hope, new confidence and satisfaction in doing something for the most vulnerable countries.

“The launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States fills us with new hope. This gives us the satisfaction to do something for the most vulnerable nations,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi was joined by his British counterpart Boris Johnson on the second day of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. The launch event was also attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called climate change a huge threat and said the past few decades have proven that nobody has remained untouched by it.

Speaking at the event launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States, he said, “The past few decades have proven that nobody remains untouched by the effects of climate change. Be it developed nations or nations that are rich in natural resources. It’s a huge threat.”

Noting that Small Island Developing States face the biggest threat from climate change, PM Modi said, “India’s ISRO will build special data window for Small Island Developing States to provide them with timely information about cyclones, etc.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Modi announced a bold pledge that India will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070 and asserted that it is the only country that is delivering in “letter and spirit” the commitments on tackling climate change under the Paris Agreement.

He said India is working hard in fighting climate change and it will show results.

PM Modi also said that India is putting climate change at the centre of its policies and stressed the need to include climate adaptation policies in the school syllabus to make the next generation aware of the issues.

During his meeting with the top EU leaders on October 29, Modi held extensive discussions covering trade and investment ties, climate change, Covid-19, global and regional developments.

PM Modi, who arrived in Glasgow on Sunday night from Rome, was received by UK PM Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and was then seen interacting animatedly with them. The three leaders also attended the G20 Summit in Italy which concluded on Sunday.

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