Post-Copenhagen, BASIC ministers meet in New Delhi on Sunday

Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 23:00

New Delhi: Environment Ministers from BASIC
nations comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China will
meet in the capital on Sunday to discuss the post Copenhagen
scenario on climate change.

The meeting has been convened by India with a view to
have consultation among BASIC countries and evolve a
coordinated approach to climate change-related issues in 2010
in the run up to the Mexico meeting later this year, a senior
environment official here said.
Carlos Minc, Brazil Minister of Environment, Buyelwa
Sonjica, South Africa Minister of Water and Environmental
Affairs and Xie Zhenhua, Vice-Chairman, National Development
and Reform Commission of China are expected to participate the
meeting along with Indian Environment Jairam Ramesh.

The BASIC meeting follows the Copenhagen climate change
meet last year 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.
In Copenhagen, the accord was only noted by the
Conference of Parties (COP) and could not be adopted in the
absence of the consensus among 194 UN members.

"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," the official
added.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 23:00

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