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

 

If Kumi will...will you?

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | March 20, 2013

This year’s Earth Hour on March 23 is no ordinary Earth Hour. Climate change is being felt around the world - ravaging communities, destroying lives and livelihoods. We are running out of time, but we can still fix this. Energy...

Meet the judges and see the winning design

Feature story | March 15, 2013 at 12:30

We're excited to announce the winner of our youth flag design competition, run in collaboration with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The winning flag design will be planted on the seabed at the North Pole next month!

At least 12.2 % of India’s reptiles threatened by extinction

Blog entry by Ignatius Thekaekara | February 20, 2013

Stay up-to-date on news related to the environment. In a recent study the Zoological Society of London and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) species survival commission found that upto 19 % of the world's...

Kerala launches ambitious solar project

Blog entry by Ignatius Thekaekara | February 13, 2013

Stay up-to-date on news related to the environment. Kerala has become the first Indian state to create a very ambitious project to generate over 10 MW of solar power through over 10,000 roof-top solar power systems of one kw each.

PM creates climate change panel

Blog entry by Ignatius Thekaekara | February 5, 2013

Stay up-to-date on news related to the environment. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has established a panel of secretaries from several different ministries along with the cabinet secretary to support the PM’s Council on Climate...

Point of No Return in pictures

Feature story | January 22, 2013 at 18:30

The world is quickly reaching a point of no return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. Continuing on the current course will make it difficult, if not impossible, to prevent the widespread and catastrophic impacts of climate...

PM calls environmental clearances the new ‘licence-permit-quota raj’

Blog entry by Ignatius Joseph | January 18, 2013

Stay up-to-date on news related to the environment. PM calls environmental clearances the new ‘licence-permit-quota raj’ At the Union Cabinet meeting on January 10 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that environmental...

When humans take over. The story of Uttrakhand

Blog entry by Bipasha Majumder | January 16, 2013

Imagine a place with green rugged hills, deep valleys, sparkling blue rivers, apple and cherry orchards, sleepy little towns and villages and friendly and humble people. Travel further up and let this place open up to the ever...

Governments must confront climate change in 2013

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | January 14, 2013

Blog also published on the Guardian's Sustainable Business Blog. I hope I am wrong. But in 2013, we can expect to witness more devastating extreme weather events, fuelled and supercharged by the destructive power of a warming...

Water woes: when every drop counts

Blog entry by Dr Pallavi Singh | January 9, 2013

As a child I once came across this phrase 'Water water everywhere, not a single drop to drink'. Though always amused, my young mind could never quite envisage the gravity of the above lines. Years later, I can perhaps now imagine how...

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