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|Four of the world's emerging economies,
which account for 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, Sunday
said they will disclose their voluntary mitigation actions by Jan.
31 and called for developed countries to release $10 billion pledged
for small developing nations to address climate change issues.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the climate ministers of
the BASIC group of countries--Brazil, South Africa, India and
China--which was held in New Delhi Sunday to discuss their joint
strategy for the United Nations climate negotiations.
"The members of the BASIC group have already announced a series of
voluntary mitigation actions for 2020. The ministers expressed their
intention to communicate information on their voluntary mitigation
actions to the United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change
by Jan. 31," the four member group said in a joint statement after a
The ministerial group didn't elaborate any further on the decision
during a news conference.
The meeting was attended by China's Vice Chairman of the National
Development and Reforms Commission Xie Zhenhua, India's Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh, Brazil's Minister for Environment Carlos
Minc and South Africa's Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs
This was the first multilateral meeting after the climate change
conference in Copenhagen, which gathered more than 190 governments
for two weeks, resulted in a disappointing outcome with no real
international accord on limiting global warming due to tensions
between rich nations and poor countries.
The Copenhagen conference led to a non-binding accord which
recognized the need for limiting global temperature by 2050 to below
2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It also set a Jan. 31
deadline for nations to bring in their firm commitments for emission
reduction and financial aid in the case of industrialized nations,
and for voluntary actions against climate change in the case of
However Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework
Convention on Climate Change, Wednesday said Jan. 31 was a "soft
South Africa's Sonjica Sunday told a news conference in New Delhi
BASIC nations "have an obligation to be first in meeting the
deadline even if it was extended" as they were instrumental in the
process of finalizing the accord.
The BASIC group of ministers also called for the early flow of the
pledged $10 billion by developed countries to help least developed
countries, small island developing states and countries of Africa to
address the global challenge of climate change.
"That is the first milestone that has to be achieved. They have to
put money on the table," India's Ramesh said at the news conference.
In the Copenhagen Accord, the developed countries had agreed to set
up a climate fund named "Copenhagen Green Climate Fund" to provide
$30 billion during the period 2010-2012 to support adaptation and
mitigation actions of the developing countries and a commitment to
mobilize $100 billion by 2020 for such purposes.
The BASIC group ministers agreed to meet at the ministerial level
every quarter and to coordinate their positions closely as part of
climate change discussions in other forums.