Ministry-level officials from Brazil, South Africa, India, and China (BASIC) released a statement August 27 warning against attempts by developed nations to abandon the Kyoto Protocol to pursue an accord that would require more nations to take mitigative climate change action but set less vigorous targets. The countries also argued that developing nations, which do not have emissions reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, should not adopt specific targets, but rather differentiated appropriate mitigation actions.