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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.
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
Director, Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center
Nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council’s Africa Center
The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on the region as well as relations between these countries, neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.
The Institute of Chinese Studies seeks to promote interdisciplinary study and research on China and the rest of East Asia with a focus on expertise in China’s domestic politics, international relations, economy, history, health, education, border studies, language and culture, and on India-China comparative studies.
The Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations researches China’s engagements with Africa, focusing on key areas of collaboration between the two partners to objectively assess the nature of their relations.
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 promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.
Event Recap Apr 28, 2021
Event Recap: “African and South Asian perspectives on the Leaders Summit on Climate”
By Damola Aluko
It is a good start that President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate invited three South Asian nations and five African countries to present their perspectives to the world; however, Biden’s efforts were not adequate. Western world leaders need to pay special attention to what South Asian and African experts have to say. This moment in history provides a critical opportunity for enlightened policymaking that could enable African and South Asian nations to be a force for clean, green, and sustainable economic growth and industrialization; a failure to seize this moment by excluding their voices will undermine global climate action and lead to a ruinous future for over half the world’s population.
AfricaSource Apr 23, 2021
Climate change will not be fixed without Africa
By Rama Yade
When Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi spoke at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate this week, he had the force of the continent behind him. And his message was that developed countries must do more. As the summit comes to a close, the world still has so much to learn from Africa about how to tackle the climate crisis—if the world would only listen.
SouthAsiaSource Mar 4, 2021
COVID-19 is exacerbating air quality issues to the detriment of India’s most vulnerable
By Shashank Jejurikar
The brief period of clean air during India’s lockdown offered a glimpse of what can be gained by building a cleaner, more sustainable Indian economy. To explore how that can materialize, this piece will first examine the opposing ecological and economic impacts of India’s lockdown, and then pose policy recommendations that balance sustainability and economic growth.