A four-nation grouping has asked the developed countries to disburse funds under “fast-start finance” promised in the Copenhagen Accord. In a ministerial in Durban on Sunday, BASIC, a bloc formed by Brazil , India , China and South Africa in 2009, stressed on the need for transparent accounting for finance by developed countries, and intellectual property rights and technology.
Fast-start finance aims to help less developing countries deal with the impact of climate change. The slow action on funding, especially the $30 billion promised for 2010-12, has been consistently raised by BASIC, represented by the environment ministers of the four countries. By the end of this year, the developed countries should have delivered on $20 billion of the so-called fast-start finance.
The ministerial suggested that the UNFCCC Secretariat should publish information on funding already disbursed under fast-start finance provided by developed countries, since it is a commitment made under a multi-lateral agreement. Developing countries have said this funding should be “new and additional”, and not reworking existing development assistance. In this context, the BASIC meeting stressed upon the need to enhance a common reporting format for funding. The meeting also considered a proposal to create a fund to stimulate research, providing evidence on climate change issues.
Given that the year-end climate change conference would be held in South Africa, the seventh ministerial underscored the “urgent need” to support developing nations in “adaptation”. This would have a direct impact on small island states, less developed nations and Africa. The meet emphasised the need to ensure the balance between adaptation and mitigation. Source>>
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