PREVIEW-China-led group to meet ahead of climate deadline

Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:51am GMT
 

* China and India to lead major climate meeting

* Outcome could determine shape of climate pact at end 2010

* Transparency of CO2 curbs likely to be focus

By Krittivas Mukherjee

NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Four of the world's largest and fastest-growing carbon emitters will meet in New Delhi this month ahead of a Jan 31 deadline for countries to submit their actions to fight climate change.

The meeting, to be held either on Jan 24 or 25, would be attended by the environment ministers of Brazil, South Africa, India and China -- the BASIC bloc of nations that helped broker a political accord at last month's Copenhagen climate summit.

The non-binding accord was described by many as a failure because it fell far short of the conference's original goal of a more ambitious commitment to fight global warming by all nations.

The document set a Jan. 31 deadline for rich nations to submit economy-wide emissions targets for 2020 and for developing countries to present voluntary carbon-curbing actions.

The Copenhagen Accord left specifics to be ironed out in 2010, angering many of the poorest nations as well as some Western countries, which had hoped for a more ambitious commitment [ID:nLDE5BN076] to fight climate change.   Continued...

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