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Help poor nations fight climate change: Modi

Mr Narendra Modi said he and Mr Barack Obama were committed to fighting climate change without hurting development.
Mr Narendra Modi said he and Mr Barack Obama were committed to fighting climate change without hurting development.PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met United States President Barack Obama and the leaders of France and Britain on Monday and called for a climate change agenda from upcoming global talks in Paris that helps developing countries with access to finance and technology.

Mr Modi said after meeting Mr Obama that he and the American leader shared an "uncompromising" commitment to fighting climate change without hurting development.

He thanked Mr Obama for responding positively to his call for a global public partnership to develop sources of clean energy. "We look forward to a comprehensive and concrete outcome in Paris with a positive agenda on combating climate change, which also focuses on access to finance and technology for the developing world, especially the poor countries and small island states," Mr Modi said.

Close to 200 countries will meet in Paris in December and try to hammer out a deal to slow man-made climate change by aiming to keep temperatures below a ceiling of 2 deg C above pre-industrial levels.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2015, with the headline 'Help poor nations fight climate change: Modi'. Print Edition | Subscribe