Modi offers India as host of COP climate talks in 2028 – The Peninsula

  • Date: 01-Dec-2023
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Modi offers India as host of COP climate talks in 2028 – The Peninsula

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the High-Level Segment for Heads of State and Government session during the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on December 1, 2023. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace / AFP)

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered to host the United Nations sponsored COP conference in 2028, as he seeks to position the world’s third-largest emitter as a climate leader.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of COP28 in Dubai on Friday, Modi reiterated his call for a "just, inclusive and equitable” energy transition as he offered to host COP33.

The COP presidency rotates between different world regions and India’s next opportunity will be in 2028 when Asia gets its turn. All countries in that group must unanimously agree to Modi’s bid before it’s confirmed.

India is one of the very few economies on track to achieve its national climate commitments, Modi said. The country’s targets have been labeled "highly insufficient” by non-profit Climate Action Tracker, which highlights it has made significant progress in boosting renewable power capacity but a reliance on coal is a drag on its ambition.

Modi has been trying to position India as a leader on climate. He presided over the Group of 20 this year,