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. 

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Citizens take part in the march on the Global

Image | December 12, 2009 at 11:53

Citizens take part in the march on the Global Day of Action against Climate Change.

Still Waiting - Report on Energy Injustice

Publication | November 17, 2009 at 4:30

Brikesh Singh

Image | October 12, 2009 at 0:48

Brikesh Singh, climate campaigner, Greenpeace India, unfurls a huge banner on the roof of the Palace of Westminster’s Great Hall that says: “CHANGE THE POLITICS, SAVE THE CLIMATE.” Fifty-five Greenpeace volunteers scaled the walls of the Houses...

A Greenpeace UK volunteer waves a flag from

Image | October 11, 2009 at 3:30

A Greenpeace UK volunteer waves a flag from above the UK Parliament that reads, 'CHANGE THE POLITICS, SAVE THE CLIMATE'. Fifty-five Greenpeace volunteers scaled the walls of the Houses of Parliament occupying the roof to call for for a new style...

World leaders unfurl a banner reading ‘Coal

Image | October 2, 2009 at 17:42

World leaders unfurl a banner reading ‘Coal-fired Arctic meltdown’ at Svea, Svalbard - 75 degrees North. The activists are supporting Greenpeace’s call for a commitment of $140bn a year from developed nations to fund adaption, mitigation and...

Shekhar Kapur gets interviewed at The Age

Image | September 29, 2009 at 19:02

Shekhar Kapur gets interviewed at The Age of Stupid premiere in New Delhi at PVR in Saket Mall. Franny Armstrong's acclaimed docu-drama was screened to raise awareness on climate change and it's effect on our planet.

‘It is time for us to move against the political system and save our planet’

Feature story | September 29, 2009 at 3:30

Climate, it seems, waits for no one. So it was with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who was a Greenpeace volunteer for two days when he flew from sea level to the Himalayas and back, warning world leaders on climate change all the while. From the...

View of Gaumukh

Image | September 23, 2009 at 17:18

View of Gaumukh, the mouth of the Gangotri Glaciers and source for the Ganges River. The Indian Government commissioned a research team. Findings revealed the Gangotri Glacier is receding at around 25 metres a year.

Photograph of Gaumukh in 1984

Image | September 23, 2009 at 17:08

Photograph of Gaumukh in 1984, extracted from the book “HIMALAYA: Through the lens of a Sadhu” by Swami Sundar Annand.

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