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A historic moment of cultural significance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first-ever BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Abu Dhabi, marking a monumental chapter in the diplomatic and cultural ties between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The inauguration ceremony witnessed an outpouring of enthusiasm from devotees and dignitaries, further strengthening the bonds of friendship between the two nations.

Lights of Faith:

The BAPS Hindu temple inauguration ceremony, held at Abu Dhabi, saw a sea of devotees converging to witness the auspicious event. The grandeur of the occasion was accentuated by the radiant lights adorning the temple, symbolizing the spirit of unity and shared cultural values.

Scientific Marvel Amidst Spirituality:

Beyond its religious significance, the BAPS temple stands as a scientific marvel, boasting 300 sensors strategically placed within its premises. The intricate construction involved 1,800,000 bricks, 6,89,512 man-hours, and the opulence of 40,000 cubic feet of marble and 1,80,000 cubic feet of sandstone, making it a blend of spiritual sanctity and architectural brilliance.

Global Celebrities Attend:

The inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, adding a touch of glamour to the spiritual affair. The actor arrived at the BAPS Hindu Temple ahead of the inauguration, reflecting the global attention and significance of the event.

Sheikh Hamdan Extends Warm Welcome:

The iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit up with the words ‘Guest of Honor – Republic of India’ ahead of PM Modi’s address at the World Government Summit. Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum extended a warm welcome to PM Modi, emphasizing the robust ties between the two nations.

Symbolic Elements of Unity:

The BAPS temple in Abu Dhabi carries symbolic elements of the UAE, with seven spires representing the seven emirates, carvings of camels, and the national bird falcon. Built at a cost of approximately ₹700 crore, the temple stands as a testament to the flourishing partnership between India and the UAE.

Diplomatic Triumphs:

PM Modi’s visit to the UAE has not only been marked by the inauguration of the BAPS temple but also by significant diplomatic achievements. The signing of 10 pacts for collaboration, including an investment treaty, demonstrates the commitment to fostering economic and strategic ties between the two nations.

Prime Minister’s Address at World Governments Summit:

Prior to the temple inauguration, PM Modi addressed the World Governments Summit in Dubai, emphasizing the need for inclusive governance and the creation of global prototypes for emerging challenges like AI, cryptocurrency, and cybercrime.

UAE-India Collaboration:

The strategic collaboration between India and the UAE was further solidified with the signing of agreements in key sectors such as energy, infrastructure, investments, and the management of archives. The bilateral investment treaty signed is poised to boost economic cooperation between the two nations.


As Prime Minister Modi basks in the success of inaugurating the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, the event not only marks a milestone in religious history but also underscores the flourishing partnership and shared values between India and the UAE on the global stage.

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A spectacular display of hospitality: The iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit up with a vibrant message welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “Guest of Honor – Republic of India.” Ahead of PM Modi’s keynote address at the World Government Summit, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum extended a warm reception, emphasizing the strong ties between the two nations (India – UAE) that set an example for global cooperation.

PM Modi, participating in the World Government Summit 2024 as a Guest of Honour, is poised to deliver a special keynote address, showcasing India’s innovative initiatives, projects, and success stories across diverse sectors. The summit has evolved into a premier global platform for sharing governance best practices and envisioning the future of government.

Dubai’s Crown Prince expressed his pleasure at having India as a distinguished guest, highlighting the nation’s role in accelerating development through groundbreaking projects and government service delivery. The welcoming message on Burj Khalifa symbolizes the warmth of the diplomatic ties and the anticipation surrounding PM Modi’s participation in the international event.

During his two-day official visit to the UAE, PM Modi engaged in a bilateral meeting with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, where several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were exchanged, fostering deeper cooperation between the two nations. The visit also includes the inauguration of the BAPS Mandir in Abu Dhabi, further solidifying cultural ties.

As the Burj Khalifa lights up the Dubai skyline, it symbolizes the shared aspirations and collaborative spirit between India and the UAE, creating a moment of celebration for the Indian diaspora and the global audience.

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In a compelling address at the 10th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted India’s pivotal role on the global stage, showcasing the nation as a beacon of hope, stability, and economic growth. Here are the key takeaways from the insightful speech:

India: A Pillar of Stability

PM Modi emphasized India’s newfound status as an essential pillar of global stability, positioning the country as a trusted friend and a driver of worldwide economic growth.

Global Recognition of India’s Rise

Major rating agencies project India to be among the top three largest economies globally in the coming years, a testament to the nation’s remarkable economic trajectory.

India’s Commitment to World Welfare

Described as a “vishwa mitra” or friend of the world, India’s dedication to common global goals, welfare, and hard work stands as a source of security and prosperity in the contemporary world.

Clear Priorities and Aspirations

India’s priorities, spanning sustainable industry, infrastructure, manufacturing, skills development, futuristic technology, AI, innovation, green hydrogen, renewable energy, semiconductors, and more, align with a vision for a prosperous and inclusive future.

Resilience Amid Uncertainties

In the face of global uncertainties, India has emerged as a ray of hope, showcasing resilience and growth momentum, attributed to a focus on structural reforms over the last decade.

Future Vision: “Amrit Kaal”

With the celebration of 75 years of independence behind and 25 more years to India’s centennial celebrations, PM Modi set forth a vision for an “amrit kaal” — a golden era for India, marking its transformation into a developed nation.

Global Partnerships and Relations

Acknowledging the role of key partners, PM Modi credited UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan for the robust India-UAE relations, signifying collaborative efforts and a shared vision for the future.

India’s Achievements

India’s accomplishments in strengthening its banking system, ease of doing business, GST implementation, and global supply chain diversions were highlighted. The signing of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) further positions India as an attractive global business destination.

Infrastructure Growth and Green Initiatives

India’s exponential growth in infrastructure investment, coupled with substantial strides in green and solar energy, showcases the nation’s commitment to sustainable development.

Digital Revolution and Start-up Ecosystem

PM Modi noted the transformative impact of a digital revolution, cheaper phones, and increased data accessibility, contributing to India’s status as the world’s third-largest start-up ecosystem.

Social and Economic Empowerment

The government’s efforts in poverty alleviation, increased average income, and enhanced participation of the female workforce signal positive trends for India’s future. Over 13.5 crore people have moved out of poverty in the last five years.

Logistics and Transportation Enhancement

Emphasizing improvements in logistics and transportation, PM Modi highlighted the growth of airports, national highway networks, and metro train networks, portraying a nation committed to modernization.

International Collaborations and Agreements

The summit witnessed significant collaborations, with MoUs signed for the development of food parks, renewable energy cooperation, and investments in the health sector. Additionally, substantial investments in India’s port infrastructure and activities in GIFT City were announced. Prime Minister Modi concluded the address by inviting the world to join India’s growth journey and expressing gratitude for the presence of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the event, indicating the strengthening bond between the two nations. The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit serves as a testament to India’s unwavering commitment to progress and prosperity on the global stage.

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The UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Simon Stiell, has issued an urgent call to action as world leaders gather in Dubai for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In his opening remarks at the COP28 plenary, Stiell warned that the world is “on the brink of climate catastrophe” and that “we need to act now, and with unprecedented urgency, to avert a climate disaster.”

“The science is clear: we are running out of time to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” Stiell said. “We need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.”

Stiell called on world leaders to “accelerate climate action” by:

  • Ambitiously reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Providing adequate finance for climate action
  • Building resilience to climate change impacts
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change that are already happening

“We can still avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but we need to act now,” Stiell said. “We need to make a fundamental shift in our relationship with the planet. We need to move from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean, renewable energy economy.”

Stiell’s call to action comes as the world faces a number of climate-related crises, including extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and mass displacement.

COP28 is seen as a crucial opportunity for world leaders to make progress on climate action. The conference is taking place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

Key priorities for COP28

In addition to the urgent call to action, Stiell also outlined a number of key priorities for COP28. These include:

  • Accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement
  • Addressing loss and damage from climate change
  • Enhancing climate finance
  • Supporting the most vulnerable countries

“COP28 must be a moment of action and transformation,” Stiell said. “We need to leave Dubai with concrete commitments to reduce emissions, build resilience, and address loss and damage.”

World leaders must heed the call to action

World leaders have a responsibility to heed the call to action and take urgent action on climate change. The future of our planet depends on it.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled for a two-day visit to Dubai, UAE, starting from November 30th to participate in the World Climate Action Summit. The summit serves as the High-Level Segment of the 28th Conference of Parties, COP-28, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC. Taking place from November 28th to December 12th, COP-28 is held under the Presidency of the UAE.

COP-28, a gathering of nations, presents a unique chance to accelerate joint efforts in tackling the common challenge of climate change. During the previous COP-26 in Glasgow, Prime Minister Modi outlined five specific targets known as “Panchamrit” as India’s remarkable contribution to global climate action. Additionally, he introduced the Mission Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE). India, under its G20 Presidency, has placed significant emphasis on climate change, as reflected in the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration and other achievements.

The upcoming COP-28 provides a platform to build upon these accomplishments and advance collective efforts in addressing climate change challenges. During his visit, Prime Minister Modi will engage in bilateral meetings with several leaders participating in the Summit, fostering international collaboration on climate action.

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UN Climate Change News, 14 November 2023 – A new report from UN Climate Change finds national climate action plans remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Even with increased efforts by some countries, the report shows much more action is needed now to bend the world’s emissions trajectory further downward and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

“Today’s report shows that governments combined are taking baby steps to avert the climate crisis. And it shows why governments must make bold strides forward at COP28 in Dubai, to get on track,” said the Executive-Secretary of UN Climate Change, Simon Stiell. “This means COP28 must be a clear turning point. Governments must not only agree what stronger climate actions will be taken but also start showing exactly how to deliver them.”

Stiell stressed that the conclusion of the first global stocktake at COP28 is where nations can regain momentum to scale up their efforts across all areas and get on track with meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. The stocktake is intended to inform the next round of climate action plans under the Paris Agreement (known as nationally determined contributions, or ‘NDCs’) to be put forward by 2025, paving the way for accelerated action.

“The Global Stocktake report released by UN Climate Change this year clearly shows where progress is too slow. But it also lays out the vast array of tools and solutions put forward by countries. Billions of people expect to see their governments pick up this toolbox and put it to work,” Stiell said.

The latest science from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut 43% by 2030, compared to 2019 levels. This is critical to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including more frequent and severe droughts, heatwaves and rainfall.

“Every fraction of a degree matters, but we are severely off track. COP28 is our time to change that,” Stiell said. “It’s time to show the massive benefits now of bolder climate action: more jobs, higher wages, economic growth, opportunity and stability, less pollution and better health.”

UN Climate Change analyzed the NDCs of 195 Parties to the Paris Agreement, including 20 new or updated NDCs submitted up until 25 September 2023. In line with the findings from last year’s analysis, today’s report shows that while emissions are no longer increasing after 2030, compared to 2019 levels, they are still not demonstrating the rapid downward trend science says is necessary this decade.

If the latest available NDCs are implemented, current commitments will increase emissions by about 8.8%, compared to 2010 levels. This is a marginal improvement over last year’s assessment, which found countries were on a path to increase emissions 10.6% by 2030, compared to 2010 levels.

By 2030 emissions are projected to be 2% below 2019 levels, highlighting that peaking of global emissions will occur within this decade.

In order to achieve peaking of emissions before 2030, the report says, “the conditional elements of the NDCs need to be implemented, which depends mostly on access to enhanced financial resources, technology transfer and technical cooperation, and capacity-building support; as well as the availability of market-based mechanisms.”

“Using the Global Stocktake to plan ahead, we can make COP28 a game-changer. And provide a springboard for a two-year climate action surge,” Stiell said. “We need to rebuild trust in the Paris process. Which means delivering on all commitments, particularly on finance, the great enabler of climate action. And ensuring that we are increasing resilience to climate impacts everywhere.”

“Today’s synthesis report of national climate plans underscores the need for us to act with greater ambition and urgency to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – there is simply no time left for delays,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP28 President Designate. “COP28 must be a historic turning point in this critical decade for Parties to seize the moment of the Global Stocktake to commit to raise their ambition and to unite, act and deliver outcomes that keep 1.5C within reach, while leaving no one behind.”

“NDCs remain the cornerstone of our shared vision of achieving the Paris targets, including keeping the target of below 2 degrees and aspiring to limiting increase to below 1.5 degrees,” COP27 President and Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said. “In Sharm El-Sheikh leaders discussed several initiatives to assist us to reach that goal, as well as assist the Global South in adapting their economies accordingly. We need to keep the momentum going as there is no time to waste or lose focus on the target.”

“It is essential while we pursue our undertaking to continue seeking climate justice and assist the Global South, who contribute the least in emissions yet bear the brunt of the most vicious effects of climate change, to not only survive but also transition into more sustainable economy through just transition pathways,” Shoukry said.

Long-term low-emission development strategies

A second UN Climate Change report on long-term low-emission development strategies, also released today, looked at countries’ plans to transition to net-zero emissions by or around mid-century. The report indicated that these countries’ greenhouse gas emissions could be roughly 63% per cent lower in 2050 than in 2019, if all the long-term strategies are fully implemented on time.

Current long-term strategies (representing 75 Parties to the Paris Agreement) account for 87% of the world’s GDP, 68% of global population in 2019, and around 77% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. This is a strong signal that the world is starting to aim for net-zero emissions.

The report notes, however, that many net-zero targets remain uncertain and postpone into the future critical action that needs to take place now.

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December this year.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held their inaugural Leaders’ Meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council in Delhi on Monday, marking a significant step in strengthening bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia. The leaders engaged in extensive discussions encompassing various areas of cooperation, including energy security, trade and investment, defence, security, healthcare, and food security.

The meeting laid the groundwork for several key agreements, with a particular focus on energy and agriculture, signifying the commitment of both nations to enhance their economic collaboration. The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India, which coincided with the G20 Summit, further solidified the burgeoning economic ties between the two countries. In the fiscal year 2022-23, bilateral trade reached an all-time high of $52.75 billion, underscoring the significance of their economic partnership.

The visit also saw the launch of a substantial railway and port project, in collaboration with several countries, including India. This ambitious endeavour aims to streamline the flow of commerce, energy, and data from India across the Middle East to Europe, presenting significant opportunities for economic growth and connectivity.

The Strategic Partnership Council, established in 2019, serves as a pivotal mechanism for enhancing cooperation across diverse domains, including political, security, social, cultural, economic, and investment cooperation. The Leaders’ Meeting, co-chaired by PM Modi and the Saudi Crown Prince, underscores the commitment to elevate this partnership to new heights, fostering deeper collaboration and understanding between the two nations.

The visit also featured ceremonial aspects, including a warm welcome extended to the Saudi Crown Prince at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, highlighting the importance of diplomatic ties. Both leaders expressed optimism about the future of their bilateral relations and their shared commitment to creating a prosperous future for both nations.

As India and Saudi Arabia continue to build upon their strong economic partnership and strategic cooperation, this meeting signifies a pivotal moment in their relationship, setting the stage for further collaboration and mutual benefit on regional and international matters of concern to both countries.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE – In a momentous gathering of global leaders, experts, and innovators, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) is scheduled to take place from October 2nd to 5th, 2023, under the overarching theme of ‘Decarbonising. Faster. Together.’ This international event, hosted by ADNOC and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, aspires to accelerate collective efforts towards decarbonisation and the transformation of the global energy landscape.

With nearly four decades of legacy as a significant platform for dialogue and collaboration in the energy sector, ADIPEC aims to bring together diverse stakeholders, including government representatives, energy and technology leaders, financiers, and private enterprises. It also serves as a nurturing ground for nurturing future talent within the industry.

ADIPEC 2023 will address the pressing issues of energy and climate change, fostering discussions across the entire energy spectrum and encouraging partnerships to develop credible solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure cleaner, more affordable, and reliable energy for the world.

In light of the upcoming COP28 event in November 2023, where global leaders will convene to discuss climate action, ADIPEC assumes a pivotal role in shaping the energy narrative. It serves as a platform for diverse conversations spanning the entire energy value chain and beyond, while also driving investments into clean and sustainable energy solutions.

Over the course of the event, ADIPEC will host more than 1,600 speakers, featuring government ministers, CEOs, policymakers, energy experts, and innovators. Through 350 unique sessions, it seeks to mobilize industries, sectors, and individuals to collaborate in pursuit of common goals and action plans to advance global decarbonisation efforts.

The conference includes both technical and strategic tracks, with a new summit focused on hydrogen. Topics of discussion range from energy security and finance mobilization to the development of a zero-carbon value chain. Furthermore, the event will feature over 2,200 companies in its 15 exhibition halls, including four specialized areas designed to foster cross-sector collaboration and brand-new partnerships.

As the world grapples with the urgent need to combat climate change and transition to sustainable energy sources, ADIPEC 2023 emerges as a critical nexus where stakeholders unite to expedite the global decarbonisation agenda, ushering in a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

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