The ninth Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (the so-called BASIC group) took place in Beijing from October 31 to November 1. During the meeting, Environment Ministers of these countries agreed on a joint position regarding the major issues that will be debated in the upcoming 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UNFCCC.
The Ministers reiterated the negotiating position held in Copenhagen and Cancun, asking to agree on a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, in accordance to the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities. The group of countries, thus, will go to Durban with the objective to accomplish the Bali Action Plan and achieve a comprehensive, fair and balanced outcome, in which developed nations commit to ambitious emission reduction targets. More concretely, Ministers stressed the need to implement the Cancun agreements, starting from the financial support pledged by developed countries. In particular, they will push for the operationalisation of the Green Climate Fund and for its capitalisation from public resources provided by the developed countries. Adaptation is another priority issue widely emphasised in the joint statement. On this regard, BASIC granted their support to the African Group’s and developing countries on prioritising this issue in Durban. Ministers, finally, renovated the need of removing barriers to the diffusion of technology.