28th BASIC Ministerial meeting on Climate Change held in Brazil

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The BASIC countries — a grouping of Brazil, South Africa, India and China — held their 28th Ministerial meeting on Climate Change between August 14 and August 16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

What is BASIC?

BASIC is a group of countries Brazil, South Africa, India and China, a bloc of four large newly industrialized countries collectively account for one-third of world’s geographical area and nearly 40% of world’s population.

Significance:

  • All recently industrialized, committed to acting together at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the Copenhagen Summit, scheduled in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7-18 of that year.
  •  These nations have a broadly common position on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and raising the massive funds that are needed to fight climate change.
  • The BASIC countries constituted one of the parties in the Copenhagen Accord reached with the US-led grouping; the Accord, was, however, not legally binding.
  • China, India, and Brazil are the world’s second, fifth, and ninth-largest economies.
  • Brazil, South Africa, India and China put together has one-third of the world’s geographical area and nearly 40% of the world’s population, and when we unitedly speak in one voice this shows our determination.

Other Information:

  • The BASIC nations will work together ahead of the United Nations Session on Climate Change and the next Conference of Parties (CoP25) in Chile.
  • BASIC is one of several groups of nations working together to fight climate change and carry out negotiations within the UNFCCC.

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