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New Delhi : At a ceremony involving the French and Indian governments on October 7, 2021, in New Delhi, India officially joined the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, a group of more than 70 countries encouraging the adoption of the global goal to protect 30×30.

HAC members  include a mix of countries in the global north and south; European, Latin American, Africa, and Asian countries. India is the first of the BRICS bloc of major emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to join the HAC.

India’s announcement comes in the lead up to a high-level biodiversity meeting being hosted by China. The virtual meeting to take place from October 11-15, 2021, will tackle key aspects of the biodiversity treaty to be finalised in 2022. The global 30×30 goal is currently a centre piece of the treaty, according to a PIB release.

Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, handed over the signed HAC agreement to Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, at a ceremony held on October 7, 2021. Expressing delight on India joining member countries of HAC, Gupta said that resource mobilisation will always be the cornerstone for implementation of policies and programmes for conserving biodiversity and said India would ensure all support at meeting the global biodiversity targets.

Welcoming India’s decision to join the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, which was initiated at the “One Planet Summit” in Paris in January 2021, Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India,  said that on the eve of the opening of COP15, India joining the High Ambition Coalition is a real game changer and will boost our multilateral efforts. Stating that India is a major player for biodiversity protection, the French ambassador informed that this coalition aims to promote an international agreement to protect at least 30 % of world’s land and ocean by 2030.