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BASIC countries help Durban talks achieve landmark breakthrough

(Xinhua)

09:41, December 12, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- After two-week marathon talks, negotiators have finally achieved significant progress in Durban, making the conference a landmark in the fight against climate change.

The Durban talks launched a roadmap toward an international climate accord covering all of the world's major carbon emitters for the first time. The measure will be completed by 2015 and take effect from 2020.

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-DPEA) was agreed upon at the talks, under which, the Kyoto Protocol will start its second commitment period in 2013, another major result achieved at the talks.

Negotiators also made operational the new Green Climate Fund, which will send 100 billion U.S. dollars per year to developing countries by 2020.

Although the process is zigzagging, the conference has achieved landmark breakthrough that will contribute to the unity between developing countries, especially the BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

Upholding the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities," the four countries pushed forward establishment of the Green Climate Fund at the talks, providing resources and technology support for poor and vulnerable countries.

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