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

 

Sankey road protest-No trees No future

Image gallery | July 19, 2011

Sankey road protest-No trees No future

Image gallery | July 19, 2011

Will Sunil Mittal commit to clean energy?

Blog entry by Abhishek Pratap | June 22, 2011

Finally the day had come. It was time to meet Bharti Airtel’s senior management to discuss their diesel phase out and adoption of clean energy plan for its business operation. They had agreed to meet us and discuss these demands after...

Indian oil deal funds Arctic destruction

Blog entry by Hozefa Merchant | June 7, 2011

The powers that be in our government and the corporate influence behind it,  are all canoodling behind the scenes. They’ll soon announce a deal that’ll give Cairn Energy 9 billion US dollars to fund its Arctic destruction plans. ...

Climate's phone connection

Blog entry by Abhishek Pratap | May 26, 2011

I got my first mobile phone almost six years ago. It was a second-hand Nokia 3310 passed on to me by my elder brother. At that time, I was working in the far-off western border of Kutch, for the protection of children’s rights. The...

The Arctic is melting faster than expected

Blog entry by Michelle Frey | May 6, 2011

The Arctic is melting faster than expected and could contribute 2-3 feet more in global sea levels by 2100 than earlier thought, experts state in a new report. The report shatters predictions made four years ago by the authoritative U...

Daily News: On Nuclear Debate

Blog entry by Angela S | March 16, 2011

Top News: Our thoughts remain with people of Japan today as the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant reached another critical phase. Radiation is feared to have leaked after apparent hydrogen blasts at two more reactors. The...

Victory in Indonesia!

Blog entry by Ashish Fernandes | February 9, 2011

It’s a landmark day in the battle to stop the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests, and to save its orangutans, tigers and other biodiversity. Today at a press conference in Jakarta, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), the palm oil arm...

Cancun leaves us with some hope

Blog entry by Siddharth Pathak, Picture:Elizabeth Ruiz / Greenpe | January 7, 2011

The Cancun climate summit, or COP 16, in terms of negotiation was a pleasant surprise after the debacle at Copenhagen. In Cancun, countries were able to achieve foundational progress on critical issues and come to a common...

Going Green with ICT in India

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | December 6, 2010

Executive Director of Greenpeace International Kumi Naidoo interacting with Greenpeace volunteers during his visit at the Greenpeace India office. Image: Greenpeace / Sudhanshu Malhotra On a recent visit to our Indian...

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