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Text of PM’s address at the G-20 summit Side Event: Safeguarding the Planet


Your Majesty,


Today,  we are focused on saving our citizens and economies from the effects of the global pandemic. Equally important is to keep our focus on fighting climate change. Climate change must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive, and holistic way.  Inspired by our traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment,  and the commitment of my Government, India has adopted low-carbon and climate-resilient development practices.

I am glad to share that  India is not only meeting our Paris Agreement targets but also exceeding them.   India has taken concrete action in many areas.    We have made  LED lights popular.  This saves  38 million tons of  Carbon Dioxide  emissions per year.  Smoke-free kitchens have been provided to over 80 million households through our Ujjwala Scheme.  This is among the largest clean energy drives globally.

There are efforts to eliminate single-use plastics;   Our forest cover is Expanding; The lion and tiger population is increasing;  We aim to restore  26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030;   And, we are encouraging a circular economy.  India is making next-generation infrastructures such as metro networks,  waterways, and more.  In addition to convenience and efficiency,  they will also contribute to a cleaner environment.  We will meet our goal of 175 Giga Watts of renewable energy well before the target of 2022.  Now, we are taking a big step ahead by seeking to achieve  450 Giga Watts by 2030.

Your Majesty,


The International Solar Alliance is among the fastest-growing International Organisations, with 88 signatories.   With plans to mobilise billions of dollars train thousands of stake-holders,  and promote research and development in renewable energy, the ISA will contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.   One more example is the Coalition for  Disaster  Resilient  Infrastructure.

18 countries – including 9 from among the G20 – and 4 international organisations  have already joined the Coalition. CDRI has started work on increasing resilience of  critical  infrastructure.  Infra damage during natural disasters is a subject that has not got the attention it deserves.   The poorer nations are especially impacted by this.  Therefore, this Coalition is important.

Your Majesty,


This is the best time for further increasing research and  innovation in new and sustainable technologies.   We should do so with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.   The entire world can progress faster if there is greater support of technology and finance to the developing world.

Your Majesty,


For humanity to prosper,  every single individual must prosper. Rather than seeing labour as a factor of production alone, the focus must be on the human dignity of every worker. Such an approach would be the best guarantee  for safeguarding  our planet.    Thank you.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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