With pressure mounting on India to sign the Copenhagen Accord, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to meet environment ministers from China, Brazil and South Africa — which, along with India, form the Basic countries — on January 23 to discuss the issue.
The decision was taken after Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh met the PM on Wednesday.
The Copenhagen Accord has to be signed by January 31.
The ministers of the Basic countries will be holding consultations in New Delhi on January 24 for a joint strategy on climate negotiations in 2010. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had asked countries to sign a binding legal treaty on climate change by the year-end.
Ramesh had said earlier this month that there was increasing pressure on India from the developing nations, including Bangladesh and the Maldives, to sign the Copenhagen Accord.
“The US president kept on saying to the head of state of Bangladesh and the Maldives that ‘you are not going to get money (for climate steps) unless these four guys (BASIC nations) sign the accord’,” Ramesh said.
According to the Copenhagen Accord, rich countries have committed to provide $100 billion a year by 2020 to developing nations for climate mitigation and adaptation.