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India and Pakistan: Climate Change

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 4647, tabled on 18 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make it her policy to support (a) India and (b) Pakistan with climate adaption and mitigation measures in those countries.

Answered on

23 May 2022

The UK is fully committed to supporting India and Pakistan on both mitigation and adaptation.

Climate is one of the five pillars of the 2030 Roadmap for India-UK relations, signed in May 2021. During the Prime Minister's recent visit to India in April this year, the two Prime Ministers reaffirmed their personal commitment to accelerate the clean energy transition, including welcoming joint UK-India progress on offshore wind energy, electric mobility, and ongoing cooperation on the development and deployment of affordable green hydrogen. The UK is also supporting domestic adaptation action in India through for example, the Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth Programme which is integrating climate risk and adaptation into social protection.

Pakistan is predicted to be the country 8th most-affected by climate change. We are working with Pakistan on high-level climate change policy, and at grass-roots level on adaptation and resilience. The UK played a leading role in tackling climate change through hosting COP 26 in November 2021 and remains COP Chair until COP 27 in November 2022. Our COP26 commitments are at the core of the UK's International Development Strategy, launched on 16 May.

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