Brazil, South Africa, India and China - - As the BASIC countries, a group of four large emerging economies is referred to who had committed with an agreement of 28 November 2009 on the UN Conference on Climate Change, from 7 to 18 December 2009 held in Copenhagen, to act jointly.
This new geopolitical alliance was initiated and led by China. She played a key role in the negotiation of the " Copenhagen Accord" (also called " Copenhagen Accord " ) with the United States. This central Outcome Document of the Copenhagen conference, however, was only taken by the participating States, and not formally adopted and is therefore not legally binding.
At their meeting in Cape Town in April 2010 were the environment ministers of the four countries for the conclusion of a legally binding agreement and a long-term cooperation under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ) and its Kyoto Protocol at the next UN climate conference in November 2010 in Cancún, Mexico, one, or at the latest at the next conference in 2011 in South Africa.