US climate envoy John Kerry on 5-day visit to India, will attend G20 Climate Meeting in Chennai

US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry meets India’s Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh in New Delhi, India, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry is slated arrives on a five-day visit to India beginning Tuesday, July 25, 2023, days after returning from China.

During his visit Kerry is visiting Chennai and Delhi, the US State Department said. In India, Kerry will attend the G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Ministers (ECSM) Meeting in Chennai to be held on July 28, the US Department of State said in a statement.
In Delhi, Kerry will meet with senior government officials to advance shared objectives on renewable and clean energy, and climate, the statement read.

“Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to New Delhi and Chennai, India, July 25—29, to advance shared objectives on climate and clean energy, including mutual efforts to build a platform for investments in renewable energy and storage solutions, support the deployment of zero-emission buses, and diversify clean energy supply chains,” the US State Department said.

The third Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting was also under India’s G20 Presidency on May 21. The three-day meeting witnessed the participation of 141 delegates from G20 countries and 10 invitee countries. The representatives of 14 international and regional organizations also attended deliberations..

Earlier, Kerry ended his four-day visit to China on July 19 without any new agreements.
In fact, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, insisted in a speech that China would pursue its goals to phase out carbon dioxide pollution at its own pace and in its own way.
Still, Kerry appeared buoyed that the world’s two biggest polluters had restarted discussions, which had been frozen for a year because of strained relations over Taiwan, trade and other issues. He insisted he was not disappointed in the outcome, noting that just talking marked progress, according to the Washington Post.

“We had very frank conversations but we came here to break new ground,” Kerry said, adding, “It is clear that we are going to need a little more work.”



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