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26 October 2019: PIB Summary & Analysis

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BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change


  • The 29th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in Beijing, China.
  • The countries include BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China).

Important Commitments

  • BASIC Ministers expressed their concern for the global challenge of climate change and its adverse effects, and confirmed their commitments to multilateralism in order to address the issue and to foster climate resilience and promote greenhouse gas emissions reduction, low-carbon and sustainable development, with a view to collectively working towards preparedness of international community for the wellbeing of all.
  • Ministers underscored that all parties should jointly defend the international system underpinned by the United Nations, in accordance with the principles of equity, Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC), in the light of different national circumstances.
    • They felt that Unilateralism and protectionism undermine the open and free international trade system and the prospect of global economic development and growth, which will end up with damaging global efforts against climate change.
    • It is imperative to focus on safeguarding the multilateral process and the fulfillment of commitments.
  • The BASIC Ministers reaffirmed and emphasized the need for people’s participation and climate friendly lifestyles for addressing the challenge of climate change acknowledging that Paris Agreement embodies and calls for sustainable lifestyles and consumption patterns.

Contributions made by developed countries should be timely

Ministers underscored that as developing countries are the most adversely affected by climate change, adaptation is a key imperative but is neglected with imbalanced allocation of resources compared to mitigation.

  • They reiterated that balanced allocation should be made for adaptation and mitigation in terms of support provided by developed countries, including through Green Climate Fund (GCF).
    • The Group encouraged other fora, including the Global Commission on Adaptation to play their part in supporting developing countries on adaptation.
  • BASIC countries have urged the developed countries to take urgent action to close gaps and provide support to developing nations as a part of the commitment under the Paris agreement on climate change.
  • Ministers urged developed countries to propose the new collective quantified goal on finance as soon as possible, including detailed roadmap and timetable.

Assistance and Collaboration among BASIC Courtiers

  • They agreed to further strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among the four countries.
  • They committed to jointly promote South-South cooperation, providing assistance as capabilities allow to enhance the capacities of other developing countries in addressing climate change.

Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped

  • It is an autonomous organisation under the administrative and financial control of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • The Institute for the Physically Handicapped came into being when the erstwhile Jawahar Lal Nehru Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and other allied institution run by the council for the Aid of crippled & handicapped were taken over by the Government of India in 1975 and converted into an autonomous body in the year 1976.
  • It was renamed after Pandit. Deendayal Upadhyaya in the year 2002.
  • The institute aims to serve the physically disabled of all age groups
    • By co-operating with national, regional or local agencies in research or such other activities as may be designed to promote the development of services for the disabled persons.


  • President Interacts with Rehabilitated Divyangjan Children at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities.

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