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Under the Biden administration, the United States is making climate action a top priority. While the Trump administration failed to properly drive United States’ environmental policy towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, the Biden administration is set for unprecedented action on climate issues, even going as far as to pledge commitment to working with China to fight climate change and to help developing nations finance their efforts to lower their carbon footprints. 

Climate resilience and the mitigation of climate related emergencies are integral to the sustainability of security and economic development in both South Asia and Africa, and thus it is critical that the concerns of these vulnerable regions are heard. 

Join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, Africa Center, and Global Energy Center on Wednesday, April 28 at 9:00 AM US ET / 6:30 PM IST for a panel discussion on the Leaders Climate Summit’s highlights and key themes contextualized through the lens of South Asian and African policy. 

This discussion is part of the ‘Raising Ambitions’ series. To learn more about this series, click here.


Jairam Ramesh
Former chief negotiator for India, Copenhagen Climate Change Summit;
Former cabinet minister for rural development, Government of India;
Present member of parliament (Rajya Sabha)

Dr. Syed Mohammed Ali
Nonresident scholar, Middle East Institute;
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Ms. Ayaan Adam
Senior Director and CEO, AFC Capital;
Former Director of the Private Sector Facility, Green Climate Fund

Opening and concluding remarks by

Irfan Nooruddin
Director, Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center

Moderated by

Aubrey Hruby
Nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council’s Africa Center

The South Asia Center is the hub for the Atlantic Council’s analysis of the political, social, geographical, and cultural diversity of the region. ​At the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics, SAC cultivates dialogue to shape policy and forge ties between the region and the global community.

The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.

The Global Energy Center develops and promotes pragmatic and nonpartisan policy solutions designed to advance global energy security, enhance economic opportunity, and accelerate pathways to net-zero emissions.