[WSF-Discuss] Fwd: [climate justice now!] BASIC countries want legally binding climate change agreement

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Tue Apr 27 22:10:05 CDT 2010


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> From: Trusha Reddy <treddy at issafrica.org>
> Date: April 27 2010 10:50:17 pm GMT+05:30
> To: CJN! <cjn at lists.riseup.net>
> Subject: [climate justice now!] BASIC countries want legally binding  
> climate change agreement
>
> BASIC countries want legally binding climate change agreement
> 2010-04-26 20:10:00
> Sify News
> http://sify.com/news/basic-countries-want-legally-binding-climate-change-agreement-news-international-ke0ukebhada.html
>
> India, China, Brazil and South Africa Monday called for finalising a  
> legally binding treaty on reduction of carbon emission latest by  
> 2011 and indicated that the world could not wait indefinitely.
>
> The third meeting of BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China)  
> ministers concluded in Cape Town April 25. The meeting was cut short  
> by a day as Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had to leave  
> early.
>
> 'The ministers noted news reports that domestic legislation in the  
> US had been postponed and indicated that the world could not wait  
> indefinitely, as it hinders our ability to reach an internationally  
> legally binding agreement,' said a joint statement released here  
> Monday.
>
> The statement said the ministers feel that a legally binding outcome  
> should be concluded during climate change meet at Cancun, Mexico in  
> 2010, or at the latest in South Africa by 2011.
>
> 'Developing countries strongly support international legally binding  
> agreements, as the lack of such agreements hurts developing  
> countries more than developed countries,' it said.
>
> The ministers said that negotiations should follow a two-pronged  
> approach. One track is on long-term cooperative action to combat  
> climate change. The other is for developed countries to commit to  
> what extent they will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions after  
> 2012, when the current commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol runs  
> out.
>
> The ministers were of the view that it will not be possible to deal  
> with mitigation actions by developing countries, without also  
> dealing with support for those actions and the two-fold commitments  
> by developed countries to both provide finance for developing  
> countries and reduce their own emissions.
>
> 'The ministers noted that the Copenhagen Accord provides for the  
> scale of finance in short and medium-term. The commitments to  
> provide finance must be operationalised. Both the USD 30 billion  
> (2010-2012) and the USD 100 billion annually (by 2020) should be  
> provided by developed countries,' it said.
>
> Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reforms  
> Commission from China, Izabella Teixeira, minister for environment  
> from Brazil, and Buyelwa Sonjica, minister of water and  
> environmental affairs from South Africa also attended the meet.
>
> The next BASIC ministerial meeting will be held at the end of July  
> in Brazil followed by one hosted by China at the end of October.  
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