United Nations:  The United Nations has hailed India and China for their leadership role and strong commitment in fighting climate change at a time when “others are failing”.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the UN has a “very solid commitment” for climate action, pointing out that African nations were the biggest victims of the globally changing weather patterns.

“We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not yet winning this battle,” he said yesterday at a ceremony in which Egypt took over the chairmanship of the ‘Group of 77 (or G77) and China’ from Ecuador.

“And it is clear to me that the biggest victims of climate change are members of the G77, namely African countries affected by drought or small island countries affected by the kind of hurricanes that we have seen or the rising levels of waters.

“But at the same time, of the largest economies of the world the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the leadership in…

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