Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s speech at World Sustainable Development Summit

  • I am happy to be speaking at the World Sustainable Development Summit. This forum completes twenty years.
  • My congratulations to TERI for sustaining this momentum Global platforms like this are important for our present and future.
  • Friends, Two things will define how the progress journey of humanity will unfold in the times to come. First is the health of our people. Second is the health of our planet
  • Both are inter-linked. There are already many ongoing discussions on improving people’s health.
  • We have gathered here to talk about the health of the planet. The scale of the challenge we face is widely known. But, conventional approaches
  • cannot solve the problems we face. The need of the hour is to think out of the box invest in our youngsters and work towards sustainable development.
  • Friends, The road to fighting climate change is through climate justice. At the route of climate justice is the principle of being large-hearted.
  • Climate justice is also about thinking of the bigger and long term picture. The sad reality is-changes in the environment and natural disasters impact the poor the most.
  • Climate justice is inspired by a vision of trusteeship- where growth comes with greater compassion to the poorest.
  • Climate justice also means giving the developing countries enough space to grow. When each and every one of us understands our individual and collective duties, climate justice will be achieved.
  • Friends, India’s intent is supported by concrete action. Powered by spirited public efforts, we are on track to exceed our commitments and targets from Paris.
  • We committed to reduce emissions intensity of GDP by 33 to 35 percent from 2005 levels.
  • You would be happy to know that a drop of 24 percent in the emission intensity has already been achieved.
  • There was a commitment to achieving about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based resources.
  • And the share of non-fossil sources in installed capacity of electricity today has grown to 38 percent. This includes nuclear and large hydro projects.
  • I am delighted to share that we are making steady progress on our commitment to Land Degradation Neutrality Renewable energy is picking speed in India.
  • We are well on track to setting up four fifty giga watts of Renewable Energy generating capacity by 2030.
  • Here, I would like to applaud our private sector and several individuals who are contributing to this. India is also increasing usage of ethanol.
  • Friends, Sustainable development is incomplete without equitable access. In this direction too, India has made good progress.
  • In march 2019, India achieved nearly hundred percent electrification. This was done through sustainable technologies and innovative models.