Poverty India`s main concern, Krishna to UN

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 08:30

United Nations: External Affairs Minister S
M Krishna told world leaders here that India continued to face
enormous developmental challenges and poverty eradication
remains the nation`s top priority.

"Nearly 200 millions live on less than one dollar a day
and nearly 500 millions do not have access to modern sources
of energy," he said.

"Our overriding priority, therefore, has to be
eradication of poverty for which we must address our energy
poverty and use all sources of energy, including fossil
fuels," he added.

Krishna was speaking at a Round Table during the Climate
Change summit at the United Nations. The high-level summit,
which featured more than 100 world leaders, was convened to
mobilise political will ahead of the Climate Change
Conference in Copenhagen.

The meeting in the Danish capital is expected to yield a
climate treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in
2012.

Krishna said the outcome in Copenhagen "must also ensure
that developing countries can pursue accelerated development
also so that they have the resources to cope with and adapt to
climate change."

"Our overriding priority, therefore, has to be
eradication of poverty for which we must address our energy
poverty and use all sources of energy, including fossil
fuels," he added.

Krishna was speaking at a Round Table during the Climate
Change summit at the United Nations. The high-level summit,
which featured more than 100 world leaders, was convened to
mobilise political will ahead of the Climate Change
Conference in Copenhagen.

The meeting in the Danish capital is expected to yield a
climate treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in
2012.

Krishna said the outcome in Copenhagen "must also ensure
that developing countries can pursue accelerated development
also so that they have the resources to cope with and adapt to
climate change."



First Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 08:30

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