India and Denmark confirm their 5-year action plan to implement an ambitious green strategic partnership
India and Denmark on Saturday confirmed a five-year action plan to implement their ambitious ‘green strategic partnership’ and signed four agreements to deepen cooperation in green technologies following talks high profile between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen.
During the talks, India raised the issue of the extradition of Kim Davy, the main defendant in the Purulia weapons drop case in 1995, and it was agreed that the legal process in the matter should go forward.
“This issue has been raised and we understand that the legal process needs to move forward and both countries are working on it,” Foreign Ministry Secretary (West) Reenat Sandhu told a press briefing. .
In addition to deliberating on a range of bilateral issues, the two prime ministers exchanged views on contemporary regional and global developments, including the situation in Afghanistan, and expressed their commitment to continue supporting the Afghan people.
“The two sides pledged to continue to support the Afghan people, while stressing the need to be inclusive in Afghanistan, to ensure the fight against terrorism and to respect human rights, in particular the rights of women, in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 2593, ”Sandhu said.
The United Nations Security Council resolution, adopted on August 30 under India’s presidency of the world body, spoke of the need to defend human rights in Afghanistan, demanded that Afghan territory not be used for terrorism and that a negotiated political settlement be found to the crisis.
Sandhu said the Danish delegation echoed India’s concerns about the situation in Afghanistan and the risk of terrorism that could emanate from it.
Both sides believed that the world community should have a collective approach to Afghanistan, she said.
Sandhu said the two sides agreed to a joint five-year action plan, 2021 to 2026, for the implementation of the “green strategic partnership” which was confirmed last year.
The green partnership, finalized at a virtual summit between the prime ministers of the two countries, aims to create a framework for a significant expansion of cooperation in the fields of renewable energies, environment, economy, change climate and science and technology.
” A year ago today, at our virtual summit, we made the historic decision to establish a Green Strategic Partnership between India and Denmark. This reflects the foresight of our two countries and respect for the environment, ” Modi said in his statement to the media after the talks.
He said the partnership is an example of how, through a collective effort and through technology, one can work for green growth while preserving the environment. Today, we not only reviewed the progress made in this partnership, but we also reiterated our commitment to increase cooperation on climate change in the near future. In this context, it is a great pleasure that Denmark has become a member of the International Solar Alliance. It added a new dimension to our cooperation, ” he said. A joint statement said the two prime ministers welcomed the recent announcement of an EU Indo-Pacific strategy and noted plans for increased European engagement in the region.
He said the two leaders also welcomed the decision of India and the European Union to resume negotiations for an ambitious, balanced, comprehensive and mutually beneficial free trade agreement and to launch negotiations on an agreement. separate investment.
“The prime ministers stressed the need to start negotiations as soon as possible,” the joint statement read.
He said the Danish Prime Minister reiterated Denmark’s support for India’s permanent membership in a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council. Regarding the green strategic partnership, he said the two prime ministers focused on ways to increase and consolidate green and low-carbon growth, as reflected in the five-year action plan. “This includes the following sectors: water, environment, renewable energy and its integration into the grid, climate action, resource efficiency and the circular economy, sustainable and smart cities, business, trade and investment,” the joint statement said.
In his remarks, the Danish Prime Minister congratulated Modi for his interest in green technologies and described him as “an inspiration to the rest of the world”.
” I am also proud that Danish solutions play a key role when it comes to your very ambitious goals and I think you are an inspiration to the rest of the world. You have set very ambitious drinking water targets for over a million homes and renewable energies, including offshore wind, ” she said.
Sandhu said the two prime ministers noted that if the skills of Denmark and the scale of India are combined with reach and sustainability, it can be a good example for others to emulate.
The two sides also decided to have a new partnership in the health sector in addition to having agreed to intensify cooperation in the smart management of water resources and agriculture.
“In order to increase agricultural productivity and farmers’ income in India, we also decided to cooperate in the field of agriculture related technologies. In this context, work will be carried out on technologies in many areas such as food safety, cold chain, food processing, fertilizers, fisheries, aquaculture, etc. ” said the Prime Minister. “We will also cooperate in areas such as smart management of water resources, ‘best waste’ and efficient supply chains,” he said, calling the talks “fruitful.”
The two sides signed four government-to-government agreements that will deepen cooperation in the fields of water, science and technology and climate change.
Three commercial agreements were also announced, including a memorandum of understanding between Reliance Industries and Stiesdal Fuel Technologies for the development of a hydrogen electrolyzer, its subsequent manufacture and deployment in India. Another MoU between Infosys Technologies and Aarhus University has been finalized to establish a center of excellence for sustainability solutions in Denmark.
In his statement, Modi thanked the Danish side for the opportunity to host the next India-Nordic summit and for inviting me to visit Denmark. “I express my sincere thanks for the very useful conversation today and for your positive reflections on all the decisions which add a new chapter to our bilateral cooperation,” he said.
“A great pleasure to welcome PM Mette Frederiksen on her first visit to India. Our green strategic partnership is focused on clean technologies and green growth. Our collaboration across sectors is vibrant and dynamic, ” Modi tweeted later.
In his media statement, Frederiksen said the cooperation between India and Denmark is a prime example of how green growth and the green transition go hand in hand.
She said the two sides decided to strengthen cooperation, especially in the health and agriculture sectors.
Frederiksen arrived here early this morning for a three-day state visit.
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