Press Release, 27 April 2010

Ministers of BASIC Countries (Brazil, China, India, South Africa) Stress Primacy of United Nations as a Forum for Climate Negotiations and that the World Cannot Wait Indefinitely for The United States to Act on Climate Change.

At their third meeting that took place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 25 to 26 April 2010, the ministers in charge of climate change negotiations from the BASIC countries (Brazil, China, India, and South Africa) stressed their determination to have their countries “continue to show leadership in acting on climate change.” In particular, they noted that “domestic (climate change) legislation in the USA had been postponed and indicated that the world could not wait indefinitely.” They also stressed that the United Nations, through the UNFCCC, is “the only legitimate forum for negotiation of climate change.”

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