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Shifting Global Powers and International Law by Charles Sampford, Bridget Lewis, Rowena Maguire

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8 The rise of the BASIC group within the international climate regime

The challenge of ensuring equitable mitigation obligations

Rowena Maguire1

Introduction

A bloc of emerging economies have banded together within the climate negotiations to ensure that their obligations for emissions reductions are equitable and their rights to further development and expansion of their economies protected. This negotiating bloc is referred to as the BASIC group: Brazil, South Africa, India and China. The group was initially brought together by a European Union funded project entitled Building and Strengthening Institutional Capacities on Climate Change in Brazil, India, China and South Africa. This project resulted in the BASIC nations seeing advantages of ...

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