India and China need to resist pressure from industrialised countries on the issue of climate change, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday.
The developed countries are by far the biggest polluters of the environment since the start of the Industrial Age. Now some of them are asking India, China and other emerging economies to commit themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change.
Both countries are unwilling, saying this would hamper their development.
“There is a lot of pressure on India and China on the issue of climate change. We have to resist it. I have put India’s views on this before other countries (at the G8-G5 summit in Italy),” the PM said while returning from the G8-G5 summit in Italy.
Singh also said there was growing support for the demand for reforms of the global governance institutions and that it should start with reform of the UN Security Council.