BRICS Summit
Kazan. 22–24 October 2024

  1. Home
  2. News

Russia’s BRICS Chairship: Six Months of Active Work

The Roscongress Foundation held 48 events over the first six months of Russia’s BRICS Chairship in 2024. Russia took over as chair on 1 January 2024, and the motto of the chairship is ‘Strengthening Multilateralism for Just Global Development and Security’.

Aide to the President of the Russian Federation for Foreign Policy Yury Ushakov is in charge of the multilateral and multifaceted organizational work that has been carried out to implement the plan of the Chairship and its priorities.

The plan for Russia’s BRICS Chairship in 2024 includes over 250 events in 11 regions of Russia, which are being organized by representatives of the federal and regional executive authorities, public organizations, and business communities. The crowning event will be the 16th BRICS Summit, which will take place in Kazan on 22–24 October 2024.

“Russia’s Chairship of BRICS is an important step towards strengthening multilateral cooperation and the formation of a more just and sustainable world order based on mutual respect and sovereign equality for the establishment of a multipolar world. Interaction with our partners during the events of Russia’s BRICS Chairship has demonstrated our mutual readiness for a constructive dialogue and joint actions. We still face a lot of work to implement our plans in such key areas as politics and security, economics and finance, and the development of cultural and humanitarian ties,” Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee for Russia’s BRICS 2024 Chairship Anton Kobyakov said.

“BRICS is an innovative format of interstate collaboration that brings together different cultures and civilizations, countries with different economic and political systems, and often different views on certain issues on the global agenda. Our shared goal is a firm commitment to pursuing an independent domestic and foreign policy, as well as defending sovereignty and our national interests. Over the years of cooperation within BRICS, a special culture of dialogue has taken shape, and open and trust-based relationships have developed based on the principles of sovereign equality and respect for choosing one’s own path of development, and taking into account each other’s interests. This helps our countries to always find common ground and solutions even on difficult issues. This format should become the foundation of a fairer multipolar world order and a model of equitable interstate communication that aims to constructively search for answers to the challenges facing the world without imposing anyone else’s values,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Sherpa of Russia in BRICS Sergey Ryabkov said.

The priorities of Russia’s BRICS Chairship include the development of economic partnership, cooperation in science and innovation, security and combatting terrorism, culture and sports, and youth exchanges. In addition, Russia places special emphasis on strengthening the role BRICS countries play in the international monetary and financial system, as well as the development of interbank cooperation with a focus on increasing settlements in national currencies.

Many events have already taken place as part of the chairship plan. In particular, meetings of the ministers of education, ports, and health, the heads of prosecutorial services, and the supreme court justices of BRICS countries have been organized. Many of these meetings resulted in the adoption of official documents.

A major event of the first half of Russia’s BRICS chairship was the Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations in Nizhny Novgorod, including an extended session attended by states of the Global South and Global East. The ministers discussed issues associated with multipolar world order, regional crises, combatting new challenges and threats, and prospects for the development of a strategic partnership within BRICS, including the establishment of a new category of BRICS ‘partner countries’. The meeting resulted in a joint statement by the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations.

A special issue of International Affairs magazine dedicated to Russia’s BRICS Chairship in 2024 was timed to coincide with the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Participants of the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education discussed priority areas of cooperation, including in such areas as humanities, digitalization, the mutual recognition of qualifications, and ensuring a fair assessment of universities in BRICS countries.

BRICS Ministers of Sport discussed how the member countries can further develop sports at a meeting that took place in Kazan on the sidelines of the BRICS Sports Games. Following the meeting, Russian Minister of Sport Mikhail Degtyarev spoke about Russia’s preparation of a framework programme for the development of sports cooperation BRICS states, which will outline the rules for holding the BRICS Games in the presiding country.

The first Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Transport on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2024 (SPIEF) primarily focused on the development of the transport industry in BRICS countries, the promotion of cooperation, as well as the future of the transport industry in the digital era. The meeting participants discussed the role of interregional and global transport and logistics corridors in the development of the industry and the transport connectivity of BRICS countries.

In addition, the SPIEF 2024 included a Meeting of BRICS Healthcare Regulatory Authorities and an open meeting with the pharmaceutical business, at which BRICS national regulatory requirements were presented.

St. Petersburg also hosted the sixth Meeting of the BRICS Heads of Prosecution Services titled ‘Modern Digital Solutions To Protect the Law: The Experience of BRICS Prosecution Services’. The participants discussed the experience that BRICS countries prosecution services have gained from incorporating modern digital solutions into law enforcement and their use, as well as the role of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, in ensuring the rule of law and combatting crime.

The BRICS Heads of Space Agencies discussed the problem of growing space debris and an initiative proposed by Russia to develop an international system to ensure the safety of space activities. They also discussed the creation of the BRICS Space Council.

The high-level BRICS International Forum on Nuclear Medicine was held for the first time. During the event, BRICS experts discussed proposals and recommendations for effective cooperation within BRICS to achieve the common goal of improving the quality of life and reducing the mortality of patients with oncological and non-oncological diseases.

The traditional BRICS Urbanization Forum held as part of the International RUSSIA EXPO in Moscow focused on ways to optimize the provision of urban amenities and the introduction of best practices in creating a comfortable living environment.

Building on the theme of comfortable conditions for living and travelling, the first BRICS Tourism Forum was held as part of the chairship calendar. The Forum’s programme was devoted to key issues concerning cooperation and the development of the BRICS tourism industry. In particular, they discussed the development of a platform that would provide digital solutions for tourism and visa services, as well as the creation of the BRICS Tourist Cities Club.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum also took place and included the launch of the Competition for the Best Women’s Startups. The panel of judges will announce the results of the competition in autumn 2024.

The BRICS Chief Justices Forum in Sochi addressed ways to ensure the uniformity of the judicial practice and the harmonization of legislation in BRICS countries, the judicial protection of citizens’ social rights, the judicial protection of investors’ rights, the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in criminal proceedings, and the incorporation of technology into judicial processes.

Scientific and academic cooperation was the main topic of the BRICS Academic Forum and the Meeting of BRICS Heads of the Academies of Sciences. A meeting of the International Governing Board of the BRICS Network University was also held.

One of the key areas of cooperation between BRICS countries is the expansion of cross-cultural communications and opportunities for cultural exchange. A profound understanding of multicultural processes and specific aspects of the mentality of BRICS countries helps to build close ties in all areas of focus. The calendar of events for the first six months of Russia’s BRICS Chairship included: the 7th International Festival of BRICS Theatre Schools, the BRICS International Film Festival, and the conference and film screenings ‘The Special Language of BRICS National Cinema’ at the 22nd Spirit of Fire International Film Debut Festival. From February to October, the BRICS UNIVERSE international photo exhibition is being held in BRICS cities. The 8th Creative Business Forum and the BRICS National Brands exhibition showcased the creative focuses of BRICS countries as part of the SPIEF.

Russia’s BRICS Chairship also included a number of meetings and sessions abroad. In particular, the BRICS Coordination Committee on Antimonopoly Policy held a meeting in Geneva, while BRICS Ministers of Health attended a business lunch on the sidelines of the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva. Senior representatives of BRICS Ministries of Health and the WHO discussed key issues on the international BRICS agenda, such as combatting antimicrobial resistance, the development of nuclear medicine, public health, and vaccine production.

The BRICS Anti-Corruption Working Group held its second meeting this year in Vienna simultaneously with a UN meeting in a specialized format.

Other news