Plenary session 1
In 2015, all UN member states accepted the new global strategy: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda includes 17 goals. Those goals are a universal call to action to achieve well-being for all by 2030.
It is the role of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to connect fragmented human potential. Civic activity should help to accumulate all the resources available to the BRICS countries to face social, economic and environmental challenges in achieving sustainable development. Since 2020 is the milestone in first five-year period of implementation of SDGs Agenda, there is a need to evaluate the work done and to set priorities for further CSO actions to help Governments to achieve SDGs in BRICS countries.
Plenary session 2
Engagement of CSO within BRICS with governmental institutions is crucial for influencing policy, decision-making and BRICS governments accountability . The plenary will discuss effectiveness of the BRICS civil societies, their influence on international development cooperation (IDC) programmes and priorities for the BRICS Civil Society cooperation for For achieving SDGs in the BRICS countries and beyond.
An outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus began in China in December 2019, and has spread to more that 100 countries. The pandemic reveals that global strengthening of capacities and public health emergency preparedness is needed to ensure coordinated and effective response when faced with cross-border health threats. The panel will discuss preparedness planning and essentials in order to respond effectively to epidemics, including development of international medical and sanitary procedures to prevent biological threats within BRICS and to reduce the risks of drug-resistant infections.
One of the major factors of economic development today is human capital. Education is one of the most effective forms of investing in human capital. The panel will focus on the important trends in education and science and next steps in educational and scientific cooperation among the BRICS nations.
The digital revolution has transformed not only the BRICS societies, but also economies. The panel will discuss how the BRICS can bridge the global digital divide through inclusive governance structures and digital co-operation, how the BRICS members can develop their own digital infrastructures and capacities to compete with the advanced economies.
In 2016, the Oxford English Dictionary declared «post-truth» as the word of the year and defined it as «relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief». In 2018, political commentators have identified post-truth politics as ascendant in many nations, notably Brazil, Russia, India, China, the UK and the USA, among others. The panel will review this trend in the BRICS media landscape and will discuss how the BRICS nations can adapt to this form of political discourse.
The Green Economy is the concept that improves human wellbeing and builds social equity while reducing environmental risks and resources shortage. Over the past decade, this concept has emerged as a strategic priority for many governments. The panel will discuss the BRICS countries capabilities to develop green technologies and environmental projects for transition to Green Economy.
Implementation of both concepts, sustainable cities and sustainable rural development, are vital to the economic, social and environmental viability of the BRICS nations. The panel will discuss civic initiatives (urban planning and management as well as rural development initiatives) allowing to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The role of women and their contribution to economic development is more and more recognized by the global community. Governments of the BRICS alliance should take more actions to achieve equal economic and social rights for women. The panel will highlight key issues that the BRICS countries have to face with regarding woman empowerment. These include women’s economic participation in both public and private sectors, support of women-owned enterprises and adequate social protection and improvement of women’s working conditions.
The BRICS countries recognized the importance of people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in culture, arts, sport, youth and tourism since the Forum inception. The panel will review best practices and mechanisms to promote greater inclusivity, knowledge sharing and cultural understanding to strengthen the unity of the BRICS.