The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program in partnership with Aspen Institute India, the World Resources Institute, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Center for American Progress have convened high-ranking civil society individuals from India and the United States in a "Track II" Dialogue. This process aims to foster trust and cooperation between the two countries through sustained, direct exchanges involving influential non-governmental actors on both sides with close ties to their respective governments. Complementing and informing formal diplomatic relations, the Track II Dialogue can delineate options for collaboration, foster communication and trust, and discuss implementation issues.
This year, Track II Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy Co-Chaired by Mr Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej and Boyce Co. Ltd and Mr John Podesta, Chairman of the board at Center for American Progress was held in New Delhi from 18-20 April 2013
Dr Arunabha Ghosh from CEEW was one of the discussants representing India at a session on 'Reducing the Threat of Trade Disputes'. The other sessions were focused on Pathways to a low carbon economy, Climate resilience and Phasing down HFCs. The keynote lectures during the event were delivered by David Sandalow, US Department of Energy acting under secretary of Energy for Energy and Environment and Assistant for Policy and International Affairs, and Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India.
A strong strategic India-United States partnership on climate change, building on existing ties and rapidly evolving climate positions, presents a unique opportunity to deliver diplomatic and economic gains on both sides. An enhanced bilateral relationship can foster progress on energy and climate issues and could catalyse the multilateral negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.