India and Denmark on October 9 agreed on a five-year action plan to take forward the unique “green strategic partnership”. They signed four agreements to intensify their cooperation in fighting climate change ahead of a major climate change conference to be held this month. Following a meeting with Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the green strategic partnership finalised a year ago reflected the foresight of both countries and respect for the environment.
“This partnership is an example of how by collective effort, through technology, one can work for green growth while preserving the environment. Today, we not only reviewed the progress made under this partnership but reiterated our commitment to increasing cooperation on climate change in the near future,” Modi said.
The agreements focus on the management of aquifers and groundwater resources for India’s population of 1.4 billion people and setting up a center to promote the use of natural refrigerants in tropical climates. The three-day visit of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen marked the first head of state or government to visit New Delhi after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What we see is a very ambitious Indian government, really wanting to take a great responsibility when it comes to the green transition in India and the world,” Frederiksen told reporters.
The meeting of the Danish leader and Indian Prime Minister comes ahead of the Glasgow climate change conference (COP26) starting later this month. The countries “will also cooperate in areas like smart water resource management and efficient supply chains”, said the Indian Prime Minister.