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US and India join in "Green Partnership"

25 November 2009

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to the United States culminated in Prime Minister Singh and President Barack Obama launching a "Green Partnership to Address Energy Security, Climate Change, and Food Security" and resolving to engage regularly through the new US-India Global Climate Change Dialogue.

The partnership reinforces the seriousness of both the US and India's commitment to taking action on climate change and sets out initiatives for greater US-India collaboration on a wide range of issues. 

Both leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Bali Action Plan and to achieving a positive outcome at next month's UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen. The Joint Statement recognised developed countries' responsibility for committing to economy-wide reduction targets, and developing countries' for undertaking mitigation actions on the basis of their ability do so.

Following recent negative sentiment around potential outcomes in Copenhagen there is reason for cautious optimism for a political deal by the end of the negotiations with the US, India and China all having made positive and proactive statements in the past week.

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