'New hope & confidence': PM Narendra Modi launches 'Infrastructure for Resilient Island States' initiative
During his speech, the Indian Prime Minister emphasised that climate change will touch everyone and that no country would be immune to its repercussions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 'Infrastructure for Resilient Island States' (IRIS) project on Tuesday during the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. British Prime Minister Boris Johson attended the inauguration. PM Modi stated on the occasion that the introduction of IRIS brings fresh hope and confidence. It also delivers a sense of accomplishment in knowing that you are helping the countries most susceptible to climate change.
During the launch, PM Modi stated that the launch of IRIS offers him hope and belief and the pleasure of doing something for the world's most vulnerable nations. During his speech, the Indian Prime Minister emphasised that climate change will touch everyone and that no country would be immune to its repercussions. He described climate change as a major concern, claiming that the last few decades have demonstrated that no one is immune to its impacts, including developed nations or natural resource-rich nations. Climate change, according to Modi, poses the greatest threat to tiny island nations since it will cause sea levels to increase.
Highlighting global warming, PM Modi said small island developing states are most threatened with climate change. He said it's a matter of life and death for these states, a challenge to their existence. Adding further, he noted calamities due to climate change could become devastating for them. It isn't only a challenge for their lives but also for their economy.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister emphasised India's efforts to aid countries endangered by climate change. He also stated that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) would launch an action for SIDS to offer real-time information on cyclones, coral reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring, and other topics. On the second day of the COP26 climate meeting here, Prime Minister Modi was joined by his British colleague Boris Johnson. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also attended the occasion.