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

 

Mr. Prime Minister, there's no time to waste

Feature story | September 22, 2009 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — We used to spend all our summers up there. I was a child in Delhi and, before the swarming heat of the city became unbearable, our family would escape to the mountains, curling Dad’s military green Ambassador up and round the...

Shekhar Kapur joins Greenpeace at the Rohtang

Image | September 22, 2009 at 3:30

Shekhar Kapur joins Greenpeace at the Rohtang glacier to highlight the effects of global warming and the need to mitigate climate change.

India's GHG estimate goes against Climate Plan

Feature story | September 2, 2009 at 3:30

When the thermostat goes haywire

Feature story | August 28, 2009 at 3:30

Climate change threatens one billion with drought

Feature story | August 28, 2009 at 3:30

BEIJING, China — One hundred ice children melting in the sun of a Beijing summer.

Over 1000 residents from villages in the

Image | July 30, 2009 at 15:54

Over 1000 residents from villages in the Alibag taluka in Maharashtra gather to take part in a giant human art formation of a windmill, to voice their opposition to coal fired power plants planned in the region. The Maharashtra government is...

Children from low lying parts of Mumbai ask

Image | July 27, 2009 at 12:59

Children from low lying parts of Mumbai ask Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State currently visiting the city, to take action to save the planet from climate change. The children visited the Greenpeace Climate Rescue Station at Carter Road,...

Meanwhile in front of the India Gate

Image | July 21, 2009 at 12:19

Meanwhile in front of the India Gate, refugees from Cyclone Aila, send out a message to US envoy, Hillary Clinton - "it's about survival". Climate change will affect the poorest the worst!

A banner is held up with the message loud

Image | July 21, 2009 at 10:56

A banner is held up with the message loud and clear. Climate Change = Water Crisis!

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.

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