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Meet of BRIC nations to discuss legal issues in climate change

Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 19:47

New Delhi: In the run-up to the Cancun
climate summit later this year, leading decisions makers from
the BRIC block --Brazil, India, Russia and China-- will come
together at a two-day meet starting here tomorrow to discuss
legal issues surrounding climate change.

The colloquium on "Climate Change Law and Governance in
South Asia", which aims to inspire legal discussion within
and between the BRICs countries, is being jointly organised by
the Environment Ministry of Government of India and the
Geneva-based International Union for the Conservation of
Nature (IUCN).

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh will initiate the
opening remarks at the meet to be attended by diplomats from
Brazil, Russia and China, besides leading experts including
Nitin Desai, member, Prime Minister`s Advisory Council on
Climate Change, Roberto Zagha, World Bank Director for India,
judges P N Bhagwati and Leila Seth and various agencies.

With the business opportunities and challenges presented
by climate change developing rapidly and the law in this area
evolving at the same pace, the authorities are realising an
urgent need to keep abreast with the changes.

"The forum seeks to provide a platform for informed
sessions to address the question of how we can use the
mechanism of the law to tackle the growing threat of climate
change and how to ensure sustainable energy and biodiversity,"
a senior environment official said.

"Implementation: Challenges of Current Climate
Change Regulation, Looking Forward- Effective Climate Change
Governance in South Asia, Role of Judiciary in Climate Change
Litigation, Climate Change Law in a Developing Country`s
Context will be some of the topics for discussions," the
official added.

IUCN is one of the world`s oldest and largest global
environmental networks, with more than 1,000 government and
NGO member organisations, and almost 11,000 volunteer
scientists in more than 160 countries.


First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 19:47
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