The UK government entered into a new ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership' with India on May 4, 2021, the first such partnership granted by India to a European country.
The partnership was agreed upon following a meeting between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, and it is guided by an ambitious '2030 Roadmap for India-UK future relations' plan over the next ten years. The plan, beyond clearly marking intentions to strengthen ties on trade and defense, also sets out how India and the UK can jointly cooperate to tackle global challenges such as global health and the climate crisis.
On the climate crisis, the plan calls for the two countries to come together in stepping up actions on the development of clean energy, transportation, and protecting biodiversity. It also calls for greater collaboration on helping low-income countries adapt to the impact of climate change, given the UK and India’s respective roles as co-chairs of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). The plan calls on the countries to work through the Adaptation Action Coalition to accelerate helping partner countries adapt to climate change. Finally, the plan calls for the creation of a new multi-country Technical Assistance Facility and Fund (TAFF) to help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) develop more resilient infrastructure.
Regarding global health, the plan calls for the current India-UK Health Partnership to be expanded to cover global health security and pandemic resilience with a leadership role on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR). The partnership also calls for steps to be taken to ensure that critical medicines, vaccines, and other medical supplies reach those in need.
For both climate and global health, the plan calls for the UK and India to collaborate in research and innovation, as well as for working on clean energy, the environment, circular economy, and urban development.
Press release - UK government
Policy paper - UK government