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BASIC Ministers meet on Climate change in Chennai on Feb 15-16

Posted on Feb 13, 11:09AM | UNI

Chennai, Feb 12 : India would be host of the next meeting of BASIC Environment Ministers and it would be held in Chennai on February 15 and 16.

An official release here today said the Brazil, South Africa, India, China (BASIC) Group was a platform of the four countries for coordination on issues related to climate change.

"BASIC has emerged as an important grouping in the climate change negotiations and has acted as a key voice of developing countries," the release added.

BASIC countries meet four times in a year and once a year in each of the four countries by rotation.

"Typically, the first meeting of the year takes place in India. At the Chennai meeting, the BASIC Ministers are expected to review the decisions taken at Doha and plan the future steps for taking the global process for an ambitious and equitable agreement under Durban Platform," it said.

The important issues that would engage the attention of the BASIC Ministers were principles under the Durban Platform, the role and relevance of independent international initiatives, including sectoral actions in promotion and achievement of global ambition, and the steps needed to ensure means of implementation to parties for enhancing their efforts.

The meeting of Ministers would be preceded by a meeting of their experts and negotiators.