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BASIC Countries’ Climate meet to be hosted by India

BASIC Countries’ Climate meet to be hosted by India

The 22nd meeting of BASIC countries on climate change will be hosted by India. On Saturday, the 21st meet was concluded at Beijing. The meet with Ministers of the BASIC grouping has focused on how important adaptation and mitigation measures are during the upcoming climate meet in Paris.

The representatives of BASIC countries includes Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Izabella Teixeira, Minister for the Environment of Brazil, Judy Beaumont, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change of China, amongst others attended the meeting.

These members have stated that adaptation is a responsibility of everyone which is proven by the commitment by everyone. It is expected that the agreement in Paris will make sure to provide enough international support for developing countries so that they can do their mission of adaptation.

The adaptation of countries would include enhanced adaptation plans, policies, programmes and actions of developing countries.

The BASIC Ministers have specifically asked developed countries to provide financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support to developing countries. They stated that this will ensure the ambitious plans by developing nations under the Paris agreement to succeed. As a starting point they are expecting USD 100 billion per year.

The ministers have also stressed that the contributions from them should be nationally determined. Ministers also stated that ambition and progression should cover both action and support.

BASIC ministers have also talked about the need for technology development and transfer to developing countries. The Paris agreement is expected to improve the existing technology mechanism. The agreement will be more aimed towards promoting cooperation on research and development, demonstration and diffusion of environmentally safe technologies. It will specially focus on the issue of intellectual property rights by forming an opportunity under the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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