Modi Calls for Global Action on Climate Change at World Sustainable Development Summit

Prime Minister calls for “bold steps” and highlights India’s “force multiplier” role

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a strong message on climate change at the inaugural session of the 23rd World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) today, urging for “unified, concerted efforts” to address the issue.

Commending TERI’s 50-year legacy, Modi acknowledged the organization’s “endeavours towards fostering sustainable practices” and lauded the summit’s role in “uniting stakeholders from all corners of the world in pursuit of a common goal – sustainable development for the betterment of humanity.”

Endorsing this year’s theme, “Leadership for Sustainable Development and Climate Justice,” the Prime Minister called for “bold steps, decisive action and a clear direction towards a more sustainable and equitable future.” He highlighted the urgency of the situation, stating, “Given the drastic implications of climate change, the situation demands urgent action.”

Modi emphasized India’s commitment to tackling climate change, citing the country’s emergence as a “global force multiplier” in the fight. He mentioned initiatives like “One Earth, One Family, One Future” and “mission LiFE” aimed at promoting sustainable lifestyles and environmental protection.

Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General of TERI, echoed the Prime Minister’s call for collaboration. “Fostering global partnerships for achieving a sustainable future we can leverage collective strengths, share expertise, and amplify impact, ensuring a harmonious coexistence with our planet for generations to come,” she remarked.

Concluding his address, Modi urged stakeholders to commit to building a more sustainable and equitable world. “Let us all work together to ensure that every individual can thrive, in harmony with nature,” he said.