The United States and India are the world’s two largest democracies, and within two decades, India, China, and the United States are projected to be the three largest economies in the world. These three countries have a crucial role to play in achieving an international agreement that can deliver climate security. The composition of the newly launched Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which includes representation of the world’s fastest-growing economies such as India, has sent a strong signal that the solution to global warming will require the cooperation of both industrialized and developing countries.
The speakers will explore climate security challenges for India and the type of policy reaction thus far; India’s commitment to reducing its domestic emissions; the implications of the newly-elected Indian government for climate and energy policy; India’s role going into the next U.N Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen in December; and the opportunities available for U.S.-India leadership and cooperation on climate change and energy.
Prem Shankar Jha, Member of the Brundtland Commission Energy Committee
Malini Mehra, Founder and CEO of the Centre for Social Markets
Andrew Light, Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress