Foreign Affairs Ministers representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) met this week in Beijing to discuss pertinent issues such as climate change, terrorism and UN reform.
The meeting served as preparation ahead of the BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen later this year and reaffirmed a commitment to various long-term strategies, including diversification of the UN security council among others.
“The Ministers recommit their strong support to multilateralism and the central role of the United Nations in international affairs”, reads the official statement.
The ministers similarly reiterated their support for the Paris Agreement on climate change urging so-called developed countries to not take the Trump-led path.
The meeting comes after droughts in parts of southern Europe, including Portugal and Italy, have led to vast natural disasters and further proof of global warming.
The group’s stance on terrorism also mimics the current global response, with the added recommendation of a joint-counter terrorism unit to be set-up across various international borders with a reliable resource sharing network to back preventive methods rather than reactionary ones.
Similarly, their stance on conflicts and tensions facing areas such as Libya, North Korea and Syria remained relatively unchanged. Importantly, the BRICS ministers have stressed the need for a “Syrian-led, Syrian-owned” political resolution process to the current devastation affecting the country.
The BRICS partners, especially Brazil, India and South Africa, will look to increase their roles in the global community leading up to the Xiamen summit with hopes of favourably shaping current volatile diplomatic circumstances.