BRASILIA: Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh inaugurates the BRICS Civil Forum 2021

BRASILIA: Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh inaugurates the BRICS Civil Forum 2021

Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State in the Ministry of External
Affairs inaugurated the BRICS Civil Forum 2021 being organised by the Research
and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) on July 28 in the virtual

two-day event is being organised by India, as BRICS Chair, with an apt focus on
‘technology’ and ‘sustainability’ in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that
has necessitated faster integration of these two dimensions in policies and
their implementation to ensure an inclusive and equitable recovery. BRICS Civil
Forum is a recognised and influential People-to-People platform under BRICS
cooperation framework.

MOS in his remarks mentioned that India as the Chair of BRICS for 2021 has been
working for further strengthening the intra-BRICS cooperation under the theme
of Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus and the four broad priority areas:

  • Reform of
    the Multilateral System
  •  (ii) Counter Terrorism Cooperation
  •  (iii) Using Digital and Technological
    Solutions for the achievement of SDGs and
  •  (iv) Enhancing People to People exchanges. He
    shared that BRICS Foreign Ministers came out with a joint statement calling for
    strengthening and reforming the multilateral system in June. He also indicated
    that Action Plan for implementation of BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy is also
    likely to be finalised soon.

MOS also
mentioned that as BRICS completed 15 years this year, India, as Chair,
undertook a comprehensive Stock-Taking and Streamlining exercise to examine
BRICS institutions and mechanisms. As part of this exercise, BRICS countries
have agreed to the revised Terms of Reference for BRICS engagements.

He expressed satisfaction on the dialogues being convened under Civil Forum
2021 on ‘reformed multilateralism’; ‘development finance and global public
goods’; ‘pandemic response, partnership and role of civil society’; ‘wellness,
health and traditional systems of medicines in BRICS’; ‘BRICS economies and
women’s participation’; ‘quality of economic growth and inclusion’; ‘future of
education and skills’; ‘role of technology in promoting inclusive development
and entrepreneurship in BRICS’; ‘people’s participation in sustainability’,

appreciated the strong calls for reforming various multilateral institutions,
including the UN Security Council, WTO, WHO, IMF etc, to make the global
governance architecture more representative, inclusive and participatory. He
also noted that the CSOs have also called upon BRICS countries to collaborate
to create and nurture Global Public Goods and digital solutions for the welfare
of their citizens and humanity at large, for the achievement of SDGs.

The inaugural session also witnessed comments from leading Civil Society
Organisations (CSO) from BRICS countries. This was followed by two plenary
sessions – on ‘Inclusive Development and Promotion of Entrepreneurship in
BRICS: Role of Technology’, and ‘People’s Participation on Sustainability: The
BRICS Experience’.

He also noted that as part of ‘consolidation of the BRICS Civil Forum process’
for firming up a roadmap to ensure an effective, meaningful, and enduring
outreach, learning, and partnership between BRICS countries, the BRICS Civil
Forum website was launched by the host institution, the RIS. The website aims
to be a permanent repository and knowledge platform for all BRICS Civil Forum
activities. The institutionalised platform will be a BRICS ‘ideas bank’ that
can offer critical inputs on international issues and suggest concrete policy

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