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The 8th Ministerial Coordination Meeting between Brazil, South Africa, India and Chine (BASIC) on the ongoing negotiations within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held on August 26 and 27 in Inhotim, Minas Gerais. The Minister of the Environment, Izabella Teixeira, and the Minister of External Relations, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, will chair the meeting. On August 25, climate change experts and negotiators of the ongoing process within the United Nations will hold a meeting.

The 8th BASIC Ministerial Meeting will be attended by the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation – and incoming President of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; by the Vice-Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, Xie Zhenhua; and the Special Secretary for Environment and Forests of India, J. M. Mauskar.

The meeting will promote the coordination of positions regarding substantive aspects of the negotiations with a view to the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCC (COP-17) and the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP-7), to be held in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9, 2011.

The meeting will also assess issues related to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in May and June of 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.

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