BRICS Environment Ministers Meet at Goa

IAS Prelims 2023

The Environment Ministers of BRICS countries are meeting on September 16 2016 in Goa, to strengthen mutual cooperation.

The meeting of BRICS Environment Ministers is being organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.

The meeting is expected to discuss MOU and the Joint Working Group on environment.

The BRICS Ministers are also expected to discuss thematic areas of mutual interest and prioritise actions for cooperation in critical areas like air and water pollution, liquid and solid waste management, climate change and conservation of biodiversity.

This meeting shall be preceded by discussions at official level.

The meeting assumes significance after the adoption landmark global environmental agreements like Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement last year.

Significance of BRICS:

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa comprising BRICS block together accounts for 41.6% of global population, 29.31 % of total world’s territory and about 22% of world’s total GDP.

These nations have rich biodiversity and natural capital.

The choices made by the BRICS countries have a global significance.