BRICS Academic Forum 2020 aimed to ensure a sustainable and fairworldThe BRICS 12thAcademic Forum, was held within the Russia’s BRICSChairmanship in 2020, covering topics within the three pillars of prioritiesannounced by the Russian and host and offering a new vision to furtherdevelopment of the grouping.
The Russian BRICS Chairmanship in 2020 ran under the theme “Partnership forGlobal Stability, Common Security and Innovation Growth”.Prof. SiphamandlaZondi, Chair, South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT), SouthAfrica shared on the topic: Can BRICS be a Cohesive Agent for the transformation ofGlobal Governance.
“BRICS has envisaged a reformed global governance and there’s an opportunity forfashioning new consensus, if relationships with the G77, NAM and negotiationforums at the UN are harnessed” said Prof Zondi.
Other speakers included: Dr.Aquina THULARE, Member, South African BRICSThink Tank (SABTT); South African National Department of Health, South Africa,Dr. André DE MELLO E SOUZA, Researcher, Institute for Applied EconomicResearch (IPEA), Brazil, and Prof. Yuriy DUBININ, Professor, Department ofInternational Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia, Moscow State Institute ofInternational Relations under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MGIMO),Russia.
Since the establishment of the Forum, the BRICS expert community played therole of pioneers calling attention to newly emerging problems and drawingattention of the leaders to persistent issues of international agenda. The vastmajority of proposed initiatives were endorsed at the top level and helped to
turn the association into an institute of global governance with a significantimpact. By the third Leaders’ Summit, when South Africa had joined thegrouping and BRICS was established, the expert track was formallyinstitutionalized by setting up a network of research centers of the fivecountries.
In 2013, within South African BRICS Chairmanship, the heads of the nationalcoordinating centers signed a declaration on the BRICS Think Tank Council(BTTC), which was subsequently endorsed by the leaders at the DurbanSummit.One of the other important tasks of the BRICS academic community remains
that on monitoring the progress achieved by the five countries on the issues of common concern and looking into ways to enhance pentalateral cooperation of BRICS members at all levels. Thus, as a result of expert track of the Russia’s Chairmanship a number of important documents are prepared. Among those are the Assessment of the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership 2015-2020,Databank of the Best Practices on the Development of Remote Areas in BRICS Countries, BRICS Women Empowerment Toolkit to name but a few.
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