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BRICS Environment Ministers meeting on August 27 2021

The 7th BRICS Environment Ministers Meeting was held on August 27, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted virtually.

Host and Presidency

India hosted the meeting as it held the BRICS presidency for 2021. The meeting was chaired by Bhupender Yadav, India’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Theme

The theme of the meeting was “BRICS Partnership for Strengthening the Dialogue on Environment and Sustainable Development”.

Key Discussions and Outcomes

New Delhi Statement on Environment

The most significant outcome of the meeting was the adoption of the New Delhi Statement on Environment. This document outlined the joint efforts and commitments of BRICS countries on various environmental issues.

Focus Areas

The meeting covered several crucial environmental topics:

  1. Climate Change: Discussions on mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  2. Sustainable Development: Emphasis on balancing economic growth with environmental protection.
  3. Biodiversity Conservation: Strategies to protect and preserve ecosystems and species.
  4. Circular Economy: Promoting resource efficiency and sustainable consumption patterns.
  5. Marine Litter: Addressing the growing problem of plastic pollution in oceans.

Collaborative Initiatives

The ministers discussed potential areas for collaboration, including:

  • Sharing best practices and technologies for environmental protection
  • Joint research projects on climate change and biodiversity
  • Capacity building programs for environmental management
  • Promoting eco-innovation and green technologies

Significance of the Meeting

  1. Global Environmental Leadership: The meeting demonstrated the BRICS countries’ commitment to playing a significant role in addressing global environmental challenges.
  2. South-South Cooperation: It reinforced the importance of cooperation among developing and emerging economies on environmental issues.
  3. Pre-COP26 Coordination: The meeting provided an opportunity for BRICS countries to align their positions ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) held later that year in Glasgow.
  4. COVID-19 Recovery: Discussions included strategies for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing sustainable and resilient economic growth.

Follow-up Actions

The meeting concluded with commitments to:

  • Implement the New Delhi Statement on Environment
  • Enhance cooperation on environmental data sharing and monitoring
  • Strengthen the BRICS Clean River Umbrella Programme
  • Promote youth engagement in environmental conservation

This meeting marked another step in the BRICS countries’ ongoing efforts to collaborate on environmental issues and contribute to global environmental governance.

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