SUBJECT :Climate Change 
A day after a UN report flagged the inadequacy of countries' climate action plans to check global warming, four big developing countries - India, China, Brazil and South Africa - on Saturday urged the rich nations to revisit their emission cut targets and increase it adequately to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degree celsius by 2100.

These four countries made this appeal as part of BASIC - a group comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China - which met in Beijing and issued a joint statement, asking the rich industrialised nations to scale up both their pre-2020 and post-2020 carbon emission cut targets.

These countries also urged their developed counterparts to "honour their obligations to provide new, additional, predictable and adequate financial resources to developing countries in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner".

Their joint appeal assumes significance ahead of the pre-COP (pre-conference of parties) among environment and other ministers\representatives of over 80 countries in Paris during November 8-10 when they would try to resolve the sticky points of climate finance.

India was represented by its environment minister Prakash Javadekar in the BASIC meet where all four countries also reaffirmed their commitments to remain united under 'G77 plus China' group and work to strengthen the voice of 134 developing countries during the Paris climate summit (COP21) and get an "equitable, ambitious, comprehensive, balanced and durable" global agreement.

Touching upon the rich nations' pre-2020 targets, the BASIC ministers urged them to revisit and increase their emission reduction commitments of the 2013-2020 period in order to achieve at least 25%-40% cut in their carbon emission by 2020 from the year 1990 level.

Source: November 1, 2015, The Times of India