Washington: Observing that India is a major player on the international stage, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry said on Wednesday that the country’s immediate actions will decide what this transition means for future generations.
He also said that promoting gender equality and women’s leadership is vital not only for economic growth and development, but also for addressing the climate crisis.
“India is a major player on a global stage,” Mr Kerry said in his remarks about the India-US relations and collaboration in climate change and sustainability at the South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE) – a joint initiative of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted their first Leadership Summit in a virtual format .
“Decisive action from India now, in partnership with the rest of the world will determine what this transformation will mean for all generations to come,” he said.
In September 2019, the US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), in collaboration with USAID, launched SAWIE, a platform for leaders in the oil, manufacturing, and industrial sectors to address the importance of gender diversity in decision-making and leadership positions, as well as to encourage progress.
Senior government officials, business leaders, and experts from India, the United States, and South Asia attended the leadership summit to discuss advancing environmental protection initiatives and the importance of gender equality in combating the climate crisis.
“We need an urgent action plan against the threat of climate change in the same way we have one to fight the pandemic,” USISPF president and CEO, Mukesh Aghi, said.
He said we need gender equity to be the front and center of business priorities.
“We have also seen that the current health and economic crisis and the climate crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women. We need gender equity to be the front and center of business priorities, build a work culture where women can thrive and grow to their true potential,” Mr Aghi said.
Raj Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, said, “Energy unlocks potential – especially for young girls and women and enables them to participate in all walks of life. By scaling up renewable energy, India can unleash its power and compete in the global economy.”