Environmental factors are a major focus of India’s development agenda.
Recognizing the critical importance of increasing energy access, reducing pollution, and improving resilience in the face of climate change, the Indian government has worked with the international community to combat climate change and promote responsible environmental practices. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that he and U.S. President Barack Obama “share an uncompromising commitment on climate change without affecting our ability to meet the development aspirations of humanity,” and in April 2016, India signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. At the same time, 300 million Indian citizens live without access to power, and accessibility must be balanced with sustainability in the coming decades.
The India Initiative hosted a number of events and programs that highlighted this delicate balance in an era of great environmental challenges.
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