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‘Europe must do more to fight climate change’

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called upon European nations to ‘do more’ to fight climate change, as he spoke at the end of a two-day Asia-Europe Meeting in Beijing, reports HT Correspondent.

world Updated: Oct 26, 2008 00:47 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called upon European nations to ‘do more’ to fight climate change, as he spoke at the end of a two-day Asia-Europe Meeting in Beijing on Saturday.

We cannot tackle climate change by ‘perpetuating the poverty of developing countries or by preventing their industrialisation,” said Singh.

He pointed out that emissions that contribute to global warming, from the developed nations, have actually increased by 2.6 per cent from 2000 to 2005. “We should call upon our European partners to do more in this regard,” he said. “The developing world is committed to doing its share.”

He also listed ways to tackle the impact of the global financial crisis especially in developing nations, Singh emphasised the need for a joint global effort to promote development that creates jobs and reduces income disparities. “If we fail, we will continue to live in a world of instability and conflict”.

On the sidelines of the summit, Singh met Chinese President Hu Jintao to discuss bilateral relations and the boundary issue. He also met German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He lamented that progress on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol has been slow.

Singh pointed out that emissions of developed countries have actually increased by 2.6 per cent from 2000 to 2005.

"We should call upon our European partners to do more in this regard. The developing world is committed to doing its share," he said, a day after India formally joined the 45-member ASEM.