Friday, January 22, 2010

BASIC countries to discuss post Copenhagen scenario on Climate Change
The Environment Ministers from BASIC countries i.e. Brazil, South Africa, India and China will meet in Delhi on 24 January 2010 to discuss the post Copenhagen scenario on Climate Change. The meeting has been convened by the Government of India with a view to have consultation amongst BASIC countries and evolve a coordinated approach to climate change related issues in 2010 in the run up to Mexico (Dec. 2010).

The BASIC meeting follows the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference where it was decided to continue negotiations in two tracks relating to Bali Action Plan and Kyoto Protocol for another one year so as to have a final outcome at the sixteenth Conference of Parties in Mexico. At Copenhagen, the President of the COP i.e. the Prime Minister of Denmark also had discussion with select group of countries on the ‘Copenhagen Accord’ that was not adopted but noted by the Conference of Parties (COP).

BASIC Ministers will take stock of all issues arising from the Copenhagen Conference and the steps needed to ensure the interests of the developing countries.

Mr. Carlos Minc, Minister for Environment, Brazil; Ms. Buyelwa Sonjica ,Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs, South Africa and Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman, National Development & Reform Commission of China, Republic of China are expected to participate along with Shri Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests

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