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BEIJING: Environment Ministers of India, Brazil, South Africa and China will meet in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Sunday to work out their action plan for the Cancun Climate Summit, even as the preparatory UN climate talks ended Saturday after finalising the "draft decision text".

Environment ministers of BASIC to meet in China today

BEIJING: Environment Ministers of India, Brazil, South Africa and China will meet in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Sunday to work out their action plan for the Cancun Climate Summit, even as the preparatory UN climate talks ended Saturday after finalising the "draft decision text".

Environment Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh will arrive here Sunday and travel to Tiuanjin by a bullet train to Tianjin, where the 5-day meeting of the 4th round of official-level climate meeting organised by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded Saturday. The Ministers of the four countries who form the BASIC will work out a joint action plan for the Cancun Climate Summit to be held in Mexico this year-end and also discuss emission reductions to be met by the developed countries. Mr Ramesh's participation in Sunday's meeting is expected to lift India's profile as the Indian delegation headed by Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Mr J M Mauskar maintained a low profile in the five-day meeting.
Chinese officials, who dominated the proceedings, made no mention of India during their interactions with media in the past five days.
About 3,100 delegates from 177 parties under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol participated in the meeting.
Wrapping up the meeting, UN climate chief Ms Christiana Figueres said the fourth meeting, which is the last before the Cancun summit to be held from November 29 to December 10, has produced some "concrete" results.
Negotiators have produced a draft decision text that will be submitted to the Cancun Conference, which itself is a "very concrete result", Ms Figueres told the media.
They have addressed "what is doable in Cancun and what will be left after Cancun," she said.
Negotiators also discussed key operational elements of finance, technology and capacity building as well as the future of the Kyoto Protocol, she said.
Host China held out firmly against US pressure asserting the developing countries interests would not be compromised in working out reduction cuts.
 

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