Nuclear sources could deliver energy, mitigate climate change, India tells UN

26 September 2008

India’s rapid economic growth is driving it to pursue all avenues to locate sources of clean energy, the South Asian nation’s Prime Minister told delegates at the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly today.

India’s rapid economic growth is driving it to pursue all avenues to locate sources of clean energy, the South Asian nation’s Prime Minister told delegates at the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly today.

“The opening of international civil nuclear cooperation with India will have a positive impact on global energy security and on efforts to combat climate change,” Manmohan Singh said in New York.

“This is a vindication of India’s impeccable record on non-proliferation and to our long-standing commitment to nuclear disarmament that is global, universal and non-discriminatory.”

The Prime Minister called attention to the ties that poverty alleviation and livelihood security have with energy security. “We need to think of ways and means, such as early warning mechanisms, to help countries cope with oil shocks.”

He also cited the need for the creation of a new global network bringing together both developed and developing countries to research energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and renewable sources of energy.

 

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