A Fair, Ambitious and Binding Deal

India and all parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are bound by its ultimate objective: the ‘stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.’

The culmination of negotiations needs to be expeditiously carried out. Greenpeace has been actively participating in the negotiation process in trying to mobilize political will around an ambitious global deal on climate. From conference rooms to streets of India, Greenpeace mobilized people for an environmentally sound outcome in the run up to Copenhagen Summit last year. 

BASIC meetings

The BASIC group of countries – comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China is a recent formulation. The group emerged largely from the climate negotiation context in the run up to Copenhagen climate negotiations towards the end of 2009. The BASIC group had its first meeting in Beijing in November 2009. The four countries in that meeting discussed critical issues on coordinating their negotiation positions at Copenhagen.

At Copenhagen the BASIC group was instrumental along with the US on negotiations of the Copenhagen Accord.

After Copenhagen the BASIC group met again in New Delhi in January to discuss the post Copenhagen strategy of the four countries which emerged as one of the most powerful blocs in the climate negotiations. The countries decided  to have subsequent meetings throughout the year in order to ensure strategic coordination.

Greenpeace has been actively trying to engage the BASIC ministers in trying to be a progressive bloc within the climate negotiations. 

The latest updates


Activists arrange hundreds of pots of water

Image | July 20, 2009 at 15:54

Activists arrange hundreds of pots of water outside the RBI, highlighting the water crisis at hand due to climate change.

Greenpeace activists on their way to deposit

Image | July 20, 2009 at 15:50

Greenpeace activists on their way to deposit water at the RBI. Climate change will soon cause a water crisis in this country if the government does not act now!

Greenpeace activists try and deposit water

Image | July 20, 2009 at 11:55

Greenpeace activists try and deposit water in the RBI to highlight one of the impacts of climate change - Water scarcity.

Mumbai kids to Hillary “SOS - Stop Climate Change”

Feature story | July 18, 2009 at 3:30

MUMBAI, India — Children from the Bal Jivan Trust, who were visiting the Greenpeace Climate Rescue Station on Carter Road today, had a message for Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America, asking that the world’s biggest...

Climate Change = Water Crisis

Feature story | July 17, 2009 at 3:30

DELHI, India — 25 Greenpeace activists queued up outside the Reserve Bank of India to deposit 100’s of pots of water for safe keeping to highlight the issue of the growing water crisis fuelled by climate change. The activists unfurled a banner...

At the climate rescue station on Carter Road

Image | July 16, 2009 at 3:30

At the climate rescue station on Carter Road, Mumbai.

It’s anomaly reigning

Feature story | June 24, 2009 at 3:30

No doubt the monsoons are changing with the altering weather patterns. There is growing evidence suggesting that climate change is playing a significant role in altering the Indian monsoon patterns. What is not clear is how the precipitation...

India's Solar mission plan if implemented

Image | June 5, 2009 at 3:30

India's Solar mission plan if implemented would benefit millions of Kalavatis across the coutry by creating clean jobs, triggering high technology diffusion, and help with poverty alleviation in the country. It would also contribute to the fight...

On the eve of World Environment Day

Image | June 4, 2009 at 19:30

On the eve of World Environment Day, Greenpeace activists hang a banner from the Mankhurd-Vashi bridge in Mumbai, urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to put India’s climate policy on track and stop climate change. The bridge links Mumbai and...

Monsoon Wager

Publication | June 3, 2009 at 3:30

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