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' Developed nations must lead climate change war'.

DEVELOPED countries should take the lead in addressing climate change in accordance with their historic responsibilities, the latest available scientific evidence on climate change trends and the Fifth Assessment Report of the Inter- Governmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC) has said.

The BASIC countries -- Brazil, South Africa, India and China -- asked developed nations to fulfil their commitments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCC) towards developing countries for finance, technology transfer and capacity building for mitigation and adaptation actions.

While seeking expeditious commitment to the second commitment period ( 2013- 20) of the Kyoto Protocol by the developed nations, the BASIC nations sought immediate operationalisation and capitalisation of the Green Climate Fund.

The forum also sought the early release of parts of the $ 100 billion a year fund to developing countries. The developing nations to the Kyoto Protocol were asked to declare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.

The meeting of the BASIC grouping, held to review progress after the 2013 Warsaw Conference of Parties ( COP), is seen as an important event in the finalisation of elements for a common draft negotiating text for the outcome of the COP meeting in France next year.

A major meeting of G77 nations is expected to be held in New York in September.

Another meeting of " likeminded" developing countries is scheduled to take place in China before the next meeting of BASIC in South Africa in October.

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Date:Aug 11, 2014
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