MOSCOW, Mar 18 (PTI): India has urged the developed nations to take up the challenge of ensuring global energy security as it had become fundamental to the quality of life everywhere.
"With the vast majority of the global population spread in marginal and emerging economies, the challenges of energy demand and its affordability become fundamental to the quality of life," Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel said addressing the G-8 energy ministers here.
India, Brazil, China, Mexico and South Africa were invited to attend the G-8 energy meet as observers.
"We as energy ministers can initiate a crusade to overcome heterogeneity in the availability, use and productivity of energy.
"I would appeal to this gathering of G-8+5 to come together and initiate an institutional process of ensuring global energy security and lay the foundation of a new beginning, to realise the vision of secured, sustainable, equitable, efficient and productive global energy security," Patel, who gave his speech in Hindi, said yesterday.
At the end of his three-day visit today, Patel expressed satisfaction over his talks with Russian Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko, Presidential Advisor on Energy Igor Yusupov and top officials of Russian oil and gas majors - Rosneft and Gazprom.
"The talks which I had here in Moscow were very positive and will boost our cooperation in energy sector, both in hydrocarbons and civilian nuclear energy. Russia is very forthcoming and is very keen to develop energy partnership with India," Patel told reporters.