U.S. – India Cooperation on Promoting Green Jobs

On the eve of 66th Republic Day, American President Mr. Barack Obama along with his wife Michelle had visited India. Gantantra Diwas 26th January 2015 was a very special day for both countries. The American President was invited as a Chief Guest in India. Addressing an audience at Siri fort, Mr. Obama started his speech by saying Namaste!


Mr. Obama spoke on various aspects such as climate change, Indian farmers technology, terrorism, high-tech, high-wage jobs of future. He even added, that young people like have to speak up. He mentioned that if countries wanted to develop effectively, they must educate and empower their daughters as much as their sons. He expressed his desire to have  more American students come to India than Indian students studying  in America. He added, that this would help India’s growing needs and would create thousands of  jobs in both countries. In order to create green jobs, India and America needs to pursue joint research and development.

Green Jobs means any job or self-employment that genuinely contributes to a more sustainable world. According to the United Nations Environment Program, “work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental (quality).

“By engaging governments, workers and employers as active agents of change, the International Labor Organization (ILO) promotes the greening of enterprises, workplace practices and the labour market as a whole.’ These efforts create decent employment opportunities, enhance resource efficiency and build low-carbon sustainable societies.”

According to Mr. Obama, instead of depending on commodities and exports, India had to invest in science and technology. He also said that Indians need to forge partnerships in high-tech sectors like defense and civil space. These steps will ensure that Indian companies seeking high-tech trade and technologies from America are treated the same as our very closest allies and partners.

According to Mr. Obama, India needs to give more access to clean and affordable energy, in order to meet the commitments made at Copenhagen. Both Indians and Americans are among the hardest working people in the world. Then he concluded his speech as…

I thank you for the great honor of addressing the representatives of more than one billion Indians and the world’s largest democracy. I bring the greetings and friendship of the world’s oldest democracy  the United States of America, including nearly three million proud and patriotic Indian-Americans. Over the past three days, my wife Michelle and I have experienced the dynamism of  India and its people from the majesty of  Humayun’s Tomb to the advanced technologies that are empowering farmers and women who are the backbone of Indian society. At every stop, we have been welcomed with the hospitality for which Indians have always been known. So, to you and the people of India, on behalf of me, Michelle and the American people, please accept my deepest thanks. Bahoot ( Dhanyavad ).

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