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Green Strategic Partnership

India and Denmark both have ambitious goals within the climate agenda. India is the world’s third largest CO2 emitter and by 2030, the country is expected to have doubled its carbon emissions. The Danish government has an ambition to reduce CO2 emissions with 70 per cent by 2030 and aims to undertake international leadership on SDG 7 on affordable and clean energy.  By partnering, India and Denmark will demonstrate to the world that delivering on ambitious climate and sustainable energy goals is possible.

On September 28 2020, H.E. Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark and H.E. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, co-chaired a Virtual Summit between India and Denmark. Here, the two Prime Ministers agreed to elevate the Indo-Danish relations to a Green Strategic Partnership after an exchange of views in a friendly atmosphere on bilateral relations, the Covid-19 pandemic and global matters, including climate change and green transition. They further noted with satisfaction the continued development of bilateral relations based on historical links, common democratic traditions and shared desire for regional, as well as international peace and stability.

The Green Strategic partnership builds on and consolidates the existing agreement establishing a Joint Commission for Cooperation between India and Denmark. The partnership is a mutually beneficial arrangement to advance political cooperation, expand economic relations and green growth, create jobs and strengthen cooperation on addressing global challenges and opportunities; with focus on an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Prime Ministers agreed to work towards further expanding and strengthening the cooperation on energy and climate change; environment/water and circular economy; sustainable urban development including smart cities; and business, trade and shipping

Read the Joint Statement here.