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PM leaves for Paris to attend global climate change meet

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New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for Paris to attend the world conference on climate change amid his emphasis that it is the responsibility of all to work against global warming

“Leaving for Paris, where I will join @COP21. In the Summit, we will deliberate on crucial issues relating to environment & climate change,” he tweeted just before his departure

“At the @COP21 will inaugurate India Pavilion, showcasing India’s harmony with nature, environment & commitment to mitigate climate change,” Modi said in another tweet

The Prime Minister said he and French President Francois Hollande will jointly host a meeting of International Solar Alliance

Modi will also attend ‘Mission Innovation’ being hosted by US President Barack Obama

Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister said in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’: “The whole world is worried about climate change. There are discussions everywhere over it and concerns are being expressed…. The temperature of the Earth should not increase now. It is the responsibility and concern of all.”

His emphasis on the responsibility of all assumes significance as the developed world is trying to place greater onus on developing nations like India in the fight against climate change

India has been maintaining that the developed countries have been the major polluters over centuries and should assume greater role in fighting global warming by funding and transferring low-cost technology to developing nations.

Joining a select group of countries, India said it will provide USD 2.5 million for the vulnerable nations in the Commonwealth to help them introduce clean energy and reduce green-house gas emissions.