Online Roundtables Programme

  • 29 June 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    Public health systems’ response to epidemiological threats in BRICS member states

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the ill-preparedness of most countries’ healthcare systems for effective tackling and prevention of public health threats. Participants of the roundtable will discuss the issue from the following perspectives:

    1. Biological safety. What are the measures to ensure an effective response to epidemics? How the international health regulations in the sphere of biological threat-prevention and antimicrobial infection risk-reduction should develop in the BRICS member states?
    2. Medical statistics. Why is it a critical indicator of medical system preparedness? How is it related to the public health dimension? What is the role of WHO and other international institutions, instruments, and initiatives? What is the proper methodology to identify a potentially dangerous situation? What can be the BRICS common vision to come up with in other international platforms such as the G20?
    3. Vaccination. What are the best practices in preventive vaccination among the G20 member states? How do the BRICS member states cooperate in drug and vaccine development? How the setting-up of a BRICS Vaccine Research and Development Centre can improve the cooperation in this sphere? What are the vaccine licensing rules within the five member states?
  • 23 July 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    Overcoming the challenges of the pandemic. A women perspective. Part 1 (working language: Russian)

    Women’s unique potential, which combines empathy, emotional intelligence and pragmatism, should become the basis for fostering their leadership in the initiatives to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The governments of the BRICS member states should do more to ensure equal economic, political and social rights of females. The discussion will highlight the main challenges faced by the BRICS member states in empowering women, including women’s participation in the economy primarily, assistance to women-owned enterprises, and adequate social support.

  • 10 August 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    Overcoming the challenges of the pandemic. A women perspective. Part 2 (working language: English)

    Women’s unique potential, which combines empathy, emotional intelligence and pragmatism, should become the basis for fostering their leadership in the initiatives to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The governments of the BRICS member states should do more to ensure equal economic, political and social rights of females. The discussion will highlight the main challenges faced by the BRICS member states in empowering women, including women’s participation in the economy primarily, assistance to women-owned enterprises, and adequate social support.

  • 17 August 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    On-line Conference "The role of the BRICS municipalities in the future digital development"

    The trend of digital management involves the introduction of a proactive or online format in all areas of social life. The COVID-19 pandemic is, of course, first and foremost a great tragedy for humanity, taking the lives of more than half a million people and recording more than 10 million victims worldwide to the world. However, a crisis always encourages a breakthrough and thus presents humanity with new opportunities. In fact, governments, businesses, and individual citizens are now forced to become more involved in the digital world, the remaining weaknesses were identified and more intensive work started directions and parameters of further development. The concept of the “Smart city” and digital development is now also in the average person’s understanding is not just fashionable words and themes, but the future that has burst into everyday life.
  • 18 August 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    Smart Details in Complex Systems: best practices in urban and rural development in the post-COVID era

    The implementation of the concept of sustainable urban and rural development coupled with the development of “smart cities” is of crucial importance for the economic, social and environmental viability of the BRICS countries.  The panel will discuss civic initiatives (urban planning and management as well as rural development initiatives) to make cities and rural areas inclusive, safe and sustainable. What areas of urban and rural interaction have been the most promising during the COVID-19 pandemic in the BRICS member states? Which weaknesses have been revealed?

  • 19 August 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    Intercultural and intercivilizational cooperation in strengthening the BRICS unity. Part 1 (working language: Russian)

    Governments of the BRICS member states recognize exchanges and cooperation in the fields of culture, arts, sports, youth and tourism as main priorities. The session will discuss best practices and mechanisms to promote greater cultural understanding and knowledge sharing and to strengthen the BRICS unity.

  • 26 August, 2020

     

    Human development in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The role of education and science

    The human capital development and promotion of massive digitalization will be the crucial factors in the cultivation of globally competitive professionals achieving sustainable economic growth in the BRICS member states amid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The participants will discuss trends in education and science, the new instruction formats (distance learning), deepening ties between education and science, as well as the next steps in the educational and scientific cooperation between the BRICS member states. The round table participants will also touch upon the ongoing discussion on “offline education” to become a privilege only for certain elite groups.

  • 27 August 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    Intercultural and intercivilizational cooperation in strengthening the BRICS unity. Part 2 (working language: English)

    Governments of the BRICS member states recognize exchanges and cooperation in the fields of culture, arts, sports, youth and tourism as main priorities. The session will discuss best practices and mechanisms to promote greater cultural understanding and knowledge sharing and to strengthen the BRICS unity.

  • 3 September 2020,
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    BRICS Economies: digital transformation and labor issues in the post-COVID era

    The scale of e-commerce growth and the explosive demand for digital services amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus infection have shown an important trend in both economic and social development. The session participants will discuss how to achieve digital equality within and between countries; how to develop digital cooperation between partners of the “five”; how to ensure the digital security of the BRICS countries; and how the members of the association can develop their own digital infrastructure and the potential to strengthen competitiveness with other economies.

    At the same time, in the context of an economic recession amid the coronavirus pandemic, the situation on the labor markets is becoming one of the most pressing social issues. The closure of organizations, mainly small and medium-sized businesses and the reduction of staff at large enterprises provoke an increase in unemployment. At the same time, the incomes of people who have retained their jobs, according to the ILO, will decline by 10 to 30 percent. This will lead to a drop in the consumption of goods and services, which in turn will affect the economic prospects of the BRICS countries.

    The session participants will also discuss what to do to prevent an increase in the incidence of poverty and hunger among the vulnerable population of the five countries; how to contain the unemployment rate; what support measures have shown the greatest efficiency; how to build social dialogue between governments, workers and employers to find mutually acceptable solutions.

  • 4 September 2020,
    14.30-167.00
    (Moscow)

     

    "Ecology, climate and energy" WG meeting

    The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft recommendations of the working group, which will reflect consolidated positions of the environmental community of the BRICS countries on climate policy, the future of energy, biodiversity conservation, and ways out of the crisis caused by COVID-19.

  • 7 September 2020
    15.30-17.00
    (Moscow)

     

    COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Accessibility in the Context of BRICS Countries

    Topics to be discussed include an overview of the current COVID-19 vaccine development landscape; opportunities and challenges for scaling-up access to vaccines given clinical trial timelines, intellectual property implications, financial constraints as well as limitations linked to manufacturing capacities; areas for collaboration within the BRICS countries in the field of vaccine development, manufacturing, and marketing.

  • September 2020

     

    The post-truth in the information space of the BRICS member states

    The infodemic around the COVID-19 outbreak, accompanied by hysteria in social media, manipulation of facts, information stuffing, pseudo-experimental conclusions, and fakes, has clearly demonstrated the dominant approach in information policy in many countries. Participants of the session will consider modern trends in the BRICS media landscape and discuss how countries can adapt to such a phenomenon of information and communication discourse as post-truth.

  • September 2020

     

    Limits to freedom: civil rights in the BRICS member states amid the COVID-19 crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered unprecedented restrictions on rights and freedoms in almost every country across the world. Even implemented in the spirit of public health protection, the restrictions taken by national governments must be legitimate, justified, non-discriminatory, time-bound and take into account the disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations. Have the restrictive measures enacted by the BRICS governments been proportionate and effective? What are the prospects for sharing equal responsibility for the realization of rights and freedoms between governments and civil society? How to preserve the personal space of citizens while implementing population control measures in the BRICS member states?