Atteridge Aaron, Vihma Antto, Hallding Karl, Carson Marcus, Olsson Marie, and Román Mikael
Nordic Council of Ministers
This report, co-financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, is the result of a year-long research project driven by a quest for better understanding on how the emerging BASIC powers - Brazil, South Africa, India and China - approach international climate negotiations as a group. These fast growing economies will contribute to an increasing amount of CO2 emissions, while at the same time partly reducing their CO2 emissions. This reduction will take place under comparatively progressive national climate policies and concrete measurable mitigation actions. Therefore these countries are important partners and crucial actors in a final UN climate negotiations solution and we hope this report can contribute to the work leading up to the climate negotiations at COP17 in Durban, December 2011. The study has been carried out by the Stockholm Environment Institute with close cooperation and contribution from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs for the Nordic Working Group for Global Climate Negotiations (NOAK), a working group under the Nordic Council of Ministers. The aim of NOAK is to contribute to a global and comprehensive agreement on climate change with ambitious emission reduction commitments. To this end, the group prepares reports and studies, conducts meetings and organizes conferences supporting the Nordic negotiators in the UN climate negotiations.