Developing countries keen to play part in global fight against climate change
THE BASIC group of countries; Brazil, South Africa, India and China says developing countries have demonstrated commitment in playing part in the global fight against climate change, and have presented actions which express significant ambition to reduce emissions . Ministers from the countries met in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 12 and 13 of July 2012 at the 11th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change. Agreements that were reached at the 10th Ministerial Coordination meeting in New Delhi in March 2012 were implemented.
The BASIC countries have been increasingly playing a significant role in international environmental governance with South Africa hosting the Conference of the Parties (COP17) in 2011, Brazil hosting the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012, and with India expecting to host COP10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012. The ministers called for the adoption of a ratifiable 2nd Commitment Period under the Kyoto Protocol and its immediate implementation at the beginning of 2013. Ministers also emphasized that 2012 is the year for implementation focusing on the adoption of the amendment to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol and the launching of the Durban platform.