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New Delhi | Friday, Sep 1 2017 IST
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today met Brune Poirson, French Minister of State attached to the Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and discussed with her, various ways to increase cooperation in the Railway sector.Ms Poirson is on a three-day visit to India to strengthen the Indo-French cooperation on climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable development.In the course of her visit, she is scheduled to meet Urban Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy, Coal, and Mines Piyush Goyal and Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan. On the first day of her trip, the French Minister spoke at the third edition of Business and Climate Summit, organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), themed on 'Milestones to 2020 and Beyond under the Paris Agreement'. She will later hold discussions with Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of the International Solar Alliance. At the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), she will participate in a meeting on climate finance. The Minister will brainstorm with stakeholders offering innovative solutions for environment conservation as well as exchange views with representatives of think-tanks on best practices for the implementation of climate change mitigation policies.At the invitation of Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor - TERI University, Ms Poirson will interact with students and address them on the theme of 'Implementation of the Paris Agreement: the Way Forward'. She will also meet members of the French Smart Cities Club, an umbrella organisation of French companies in India, offering expertise in the entire gamut of areas falling under sustainable urban development. UNI RJ SNU 1509

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