PM Blasts West On Climate Change

New Delhi, October 30: | Updated: Oct 31 2002, 05:30am hrs
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has said since the developing countries, including India, are responsible for lower greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to the developed countries, they should not be asked for greater commitments for preventing climate change.

There have been suggestions that a process should commence to enhance commitments of the developing countries on mitigating climate change beyond that is included in the convention. This suggestion is misplaced for several reasons, he told the eighth UN Conference on Climate Change here on Wednesday.

Asking the advanced nations to pump more funds to enhance capacity building in the developing countries, he said the Third World does not have adequate resources even to meet their basic human needs. Climate change mitigation will bring additional strain to the already fragile economies of the developing countries, he said.

He said the green house gas intensity of the Third World at purchasing power parity is low and, in any case, not higher than that of the West.