The four advanced developing countries Brasil, South Africa,
India, and China (BASIC) have come together and put out a ‘same’ position
at the negotiations at the Durban climate change summit.

China, South Africa, and Brasil have come in support
of India’s proposal to include trade, equity, and intellectual property rights
in the conference agenda. The countries will also be supporting India’s stand
to include all points that were left out in the Cancun agreements. Earlier, India’s stand was being cited as the
country’s tactic to delay movement on talks. Now, the significance of its
demands has come to light and more developing countries are likely to come in
support of BASIC’s position.

BASIC made sure at the conference that developing countries were not working out an understanding while forsaking the broader and more varied interests of the developing countries bloc. The bloc comprises 132 member countries, G-77 ( a group of seventy-seven
developing countries that signed Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven
Countries in 1964), and China.

The statement made by China on behalf of BASIC read: ‘We
emphasize that adequate treatment of issues of equity, trade and intellectual
property rights (IPR) is crucial to developing countries and necessary for a
comprehensive and balanced outcome at Durban. We underline the importance of
these issues during deliberations in the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

‘We are dedicated to consolidating and strengthening the
unity of G-77 and China, and appreciate the role played by South Africa as the
presidency and its efforts to achieve a successful outcome in Durban.’

In the picture: A man
wearing a sun outfit approaches people on Durban’s beachfront to promote
renewable energies. Source: EPA/NIC BOTHMA