The presidency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held the Environment Ministerial Meeting of the G-20 countries through video conferencing. Representing India, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that India was committed to working with G-20 nations for the betterment of the world. He noted that India’s steps toward dealing with climate change had been remarkable. He also stated that the world had to channel its best practices to deal with climate change and get concrete results.
Javadekar highlighted the efforts made by the National Coastal Mission Program, under which the government has taken many steps to protect and sustain coral reefs in the country. He also shared the efforts made by India toward achieving land degradation neutrality and toward the attainment of global goals of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Javadekar applauded the launch of the Global Initiative to reduce the Land Degradation and Conserve Coral Reef program. The launch of two documents on climate change-related to managing emissions and climate change adaptations under the G-20 this year.
The Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation aims to strengthen the implementation of existing frameworks to prevent, halt, and reverse land degradation within G-20 member states and globally. It is done while considering possible implications on achieving other Sustainable Development Goals and adhering to the no-harm principle.