18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting from tomorrow

Environment Ministers of BASIC countries will meet here to discuss important issues relating to current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 06, 2014, 16:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Environment Ministers of BASIC countries will meet here to discuss important issues relating to current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

The two-day 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting, to be held from tomorrow, will provide an important opportunity to BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) to enhance coordination on important issues under consideration in Climate Change negotiations and arrive at a common position.

"The 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting will be held on August 7-8, 2014 at New Delhi.

"The two day meeting will discuss important issues relating to the current UNFCCC negotiations specially on matters pertaining to the Adhoc Working Group on the Durban
Platform discussion on 2015 outcome," a statement from Environment ministry said here today.
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, Zhenhua vice chairman, Minister National Development and Reform Commission, China, Teixeira, Environment minister of Brazil and Molewa, Environmental Affairs minister South Africa would be participating at the Ministerial meeting on August 8.

The 17th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in Hanzghou, China in October last year.
Issues related to Warsaw COP, Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Standing Committee on Finance, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) were discussed during the meeting.

India hosted the 14th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on in February 2013 at Chennai which was attended by representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

"The BASIC ministers have been meeting regularly since Conference of Parties (COP) Copenhagen to exchange views and evolve a coordinated approach on important negotiating issues," the statement said.

The meetings are hosted by rotation in member countries during each quarter of the year.