BASIC bloc to declare voluntary mitigation actions by Jan 31

Last Updated: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 19:53

New Delhi: BASIC nations -- India, Brazil,
South Afrcia and China – on Sunday said they would stick to the
January 31 deadline and communicate information on voluntary
mitigation actions to the UN climate change panel.

The announcement was made after a seven-hour meeting of
the Environment ministers from the four countries, popular as
the BASIC bloc, here this evening.

"The Ministers expressed their intention to communicate
information on their voluntary mitigation actions to the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change by January 31, 2010," a
joint statement issued after the meeting said.

The ministers also asserted that the Copenhagen Accord
will not become a legal document and its conclusions would be
incorporated in the two-track negotiation process on climate
talks.

The four ministers stressed on the importance of working
closely with the Group of 77 countries to ensure an ambitious
and equitable outcome in the next meet on climate change in
Mexico through a transparent process.

The BASIC nations demanded the Denmark, the president of
the Conference of Parties (CoP), convene immediately the
meetings of the two negotiation groups in March and ensure
that they meet on at least five more occasions.

These meetings are essential to make progress towards and
agreed outcome at the 16th meeting of the CoP in Mexico in
December.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 19:53

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