NEW DELHI, August 10: Inaugurating the 3-day international conference on “Systems Analysis to Enable Integrated Policy Making” here today, the Union Minister of State (Charge independent) Science and technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Staff, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh shared India’s roadmap for climate protection and noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is playing a leading role in solving this problem at the global level.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India presented a mitigation roadmap to the world based on the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR). He pointed out that India is committed to reducing its global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030, reducing its dependence on fossil fuels by 50% of total consumption. in 2030; reduce carbon intensity in GDP by 45% below 2005 levels and make the whole country carbon neutral by 2070.
The minister said India has traditionally been vulnerable to natural disasters due to its unique geoclimatic conditions. Floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes and landslides have been a recurring phenomenon, but recent events have become erratic with unpredictable frequency and intensity that are attributed to climate change. The minister however added that with India being a leader in disaster management, the world is watching us for global challenges such as climate change.
Dwelling on the historical perspective, Dr Jitendra Singh said that since the beginning of the 20th century, global average temperature has risen, sea levels have risen, oceans have warmed and become more acidic, ice land and sea melted and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose. He said that it is widely accepted that human activities are in large part the cause of climate change and that these can lead to food insecurity and water scarcity: similarly, disasters and climate change climatic conditions have led to an increase or decrease in rainfall which has had an impact on water supply, scarcity or flooding or stagnation, the minister added.
Dr. Jitendra Singh stressed that the battle against this gigantic climate change cannot be fought alone and that the scientific communities must speak in harmony towards a common goal of mitigating climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). .
The Minister called for strong regional collaboration for systems research and design of policy guidelines with collective efforts to address climate change.
Dr Jitendra Singh told the rally that COVID-19 had brought inherent resilience and capacity because when the pandemic hit there were virtually no PPE kits, adequate masks or treatment protocols. , but under Modi’s vision, India managed to come up with 2 locally developed vaccines. – Covaxin and Covishield in a short time and then developed the DNA vaccine.
The minister said the world was never ready for the COVID 19 pandemic although it was well informed and prepared, albeit incomplete. He added, however, that when global disasters occur, common capabilities come together and become integrated. He said, the greater the integration, the greater the good for humanity.
Dr Jitendra Singh concluded that it is indeed a proud moment for India to host this very important conference on systems analysis as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, which is popularly celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. He also hopes that through deliberations in the form of roundtables, plenaries and conferences, the scientific community will be enriched by discussions in different areas of systems analysis and further strengthen the collective will for a sustainable future.