Prove aid to developing countries: BASIC

Prove aid to developing countries: BASIC

Talking tough, four emerging economies, including India, asked rich nations to explain what action they have taken to ensure a steady flow of finance and technology to the developing world, which will bear the brunt of the dangerous consequences of climate change.

“Developed countries have to show evidence of what they are doing in finance and technology-transfer. We are not obliged to show what we have done,” said Xie Zhenhua, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of China at the Brazil-South Africa-India-China (BASIC) meeting on climate change here.

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said: “Developing nations, including India, take more concrete action than developed nations. We have evidence to show our results.”

Environment ministers from the BASIC countries met in Delhi to a thrash out a common strategy so that they do not fall behind the developed world when a new global climate change treaty is be formulated in the UN climate summit in Paris in 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

The BASIC group is disappointed over the continuous lack of any clear roadmap to provide $100 billion per year by developed countries by 2020.