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The XVI BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Ministerial Meeting will be held on September 15-16, at the Hotel das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, and will focus on coordinating ongoing negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. On September 15, there will be technical and negotiators' meetings.

On the 16th, the ministerial meeting will be co-chaired by the Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira, and the Secretary-General of Foreign Affairs, Eduardo dos Santos. On the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation will be signed between Brazil and South Africa.

The XVI Ministerial BASIC debates aim to coordinate positions, in preparation for the next Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-19), to be held in Warsaw, Poland, next November 11-22. Highlighted on the agenda are discussions on strengthening ambitions to mitigate emissions by 2020 and on a new international instrument with legal force, binding for all parties, to be agreed under the Framework Convention by 2015 in order to enter into force in 2020.

The BASIC was established in 2007 as an informal group to discuss negotiations under the UNFCCC. Since its creation, the Group has been playing an important role in building understanding on the climate change regime and the definition of a fair and effective world response to global warming. The BASIC's coordinated action has stimulated a greater level of ambition in combating climate change and has contributed to international financial, technological and technical management of actions on mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

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