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BRICS leaders gather for 13th Summit via video link
Kind: ICD What's New  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2021-09-15 13:58
The 13th BRICS Summit, hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was held by video link on Sept. 9, 2021, under the theme of “Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus.” All four of the other BRICS nations, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, mainland China’s Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took part in the gathering.

Indian Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for the cooperation of all the BRICS partners during India’s chairmanship this year, which he said has resulted in the achievement of several new initiatives, including the first BRICS Digital Health Summit, the first BRICS Ministerial Joint Statement on multilateral reforms; a BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan, and an agreement on cooperation in field of remote-sensing satellites, to name a few. Highlighting the leading role that BRICS countries can play in the post-COVID global recovery, the leaders also called for enhanced BRICS cooperation under the motto of “Build-back Resiliently, Innovatively, Credibly and Sustainably.”

At the summit, the leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, and agreed to accelerate implementation of the BRICS Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism. They also discussed major regional and global issues, such as recent developments in Afghanistan.

The five BRIC nations have a combined population equivalent to just over 40% of the world’s total population, and their combined GDP accounts for just under one-quarter of total global GDP.

Sources: Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India; Indian Ministry of External Affairs website; Times of India; Deccan Herald
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