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

 

An assault on the very principle of peaceful protest

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | October 4, 2013

It is bitterly ironic that as the world celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as International Non-Violence Day, 30 non-violent, peaceful protestors sat locked up in jail cells in Russia. Yesterday, 13 activists and one freelance...

LIVE - Latest Updates from the Arctic Sunrise activists

Feature story | October 3, 2013 at 21:30

UPDATED: From peaceful action to dramatic seizure: a timeline of events since the Arctic Sunrise took action September 18 (CET).

World’s top climate scientists give us hope for a better future if we act now

Blog entry by Stephanie Tunmore | September 27, 2013

Action at IPCC in Stockholm © Greenpeace / Christian Åslund Thirty crew members of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise are in prison in Russia, because they took peaceful action against oil drilling in the Arctic, intending to...

What is the IPCC saying and what does it mean?

Publication | September 27, 2013 at 16:54

Background briefing accompanying the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) AR5 WG1 launch.

Hope in the era of climate change

Blog entry by Siddhartha | September 13, 2013

This is not the place to dwell at length on climate change, but a few facts would bear mentioning. There are indications that by the end of the century we might witness the emergence of tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of...

One positive step from the World Bank, many to follow

Blog entry by Paul Horsman and Shiwang Singh | July 3, 2013

Rampaging floods in Uttarakhand,India, Mindanao, along Europe's famed Danube, in large tracts of Canada, and in America's Midwest. Toxic smog in Singapore, Malaysia, and China's industrial heartland. Melting glaciers in the Alps,...

Floods in Uttarakhand: people and ecology suffer

Blog entry by Shashwat Raj and Paul Horseman | June 24, 2013

Today in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, we are witnessing one of the worst man-made calamities in recent times. A disastrous cycle of events has led to floods that have already killed many people and displaced many more from their...

Australian coal: the view from India

Feature story | April 21, 2013 at 4:54

My name is Arpana Udupa, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace India. I’m on board the Rainbow Warrior, travelling up the Queensland coast.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef threatened by coal mining

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 20, 2013

Image: Darren Jew/Greenpeace I joined the Rainbow Warrior III in Townsville, a city in the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. After catching up with my Australian counterparts on the campaign and tour, I found myself in a...

Wanted: Polar explorers. No experience required.

Blog entry by James Turner | April 4, 2013

In just over two weeks I will be standing on the frozen Arctic ocean, preparing to ski to the North Pole. I'll be wearing four layers of fleece and a special hat that someone knitted for me. In my pockets I'll carry some almond...

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