Tue, July 10, 2012

Preparations under way for BASIC ministerial meeting on climate change

2012-07-10 08:45:02 GMT2012-07-10 16:45:02(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JOHANNESBURG, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Preparations are under way for the 11th BASIC Ministerial climate change meeting later this month in Johannesburg, authorities said on Tuesday.

The BASIC countries are South Africa, India, China and Brazil which formed the group in previous UN climate talks to coordinate efforts to address climate change.

The meeting, scheduled for July 12-13, will be implementing the agreement the ministers reached at the 10th Ministerial Coordination meeting in New Delhi in March, according to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

During the meeting, the BASIC ministers will exchange views on the progress made in implementing the Durban decisions made at the UN climate talks late last year, as well as the conclusion of the Bali Roadmap negotiations at the climate change talks in Qatar later this year.

Progress in the implementation of the Durban meeting decisions is, therefore, a key necessity for the successful conclusion of the Bali Roadmap in Qatar, the DEA said.

The BASIC meeting will also be used to discuss implementation of the historic Durban Platform, which ushered the negotiations for a post-2020 climate regime. The ministerial meeting will be preceded by a meeting of experts and chief negotiators from the four countries. Their discussions will focus on the various approaches for raising ambition pre-2020 and how to find meaningful expression of equitable access to sustainable development in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In line with the BASIC + approach, and with a view of strengthening coordination within the G77+China, several other developing countries have been invited to the meeting. These are: Algeria, The Gambia, Nauru, Qatar and Swaziland, the DEA said.

The BASIC countries have been increasingly playing a significant role in international environmental governance.


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