s India prepares to host the Leaders Summit of the BRICS nations on Thursday (Today), to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two important documents have been adopted during important meetings of the grouping held over the past few months under India’s Chairship – one related to strengthening and reforming of the multilateral system, and the other on the BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan.
During the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – Summit of 2020, Prime Minister Modi had highlighted the need and support for reform of the UN Security Council, dealing with the menace of terrorism jointly and the role that BRICS economies can play in Earth’s recovery.
At the 12th BRICS summit in 2020, PM Modi had said that terrorism is the biggest challenge the world is facing today. “We must ensure that the countries that help and support the terrorists are also held to account, and this problem must be dealt with in a united manner.” He had voiced happiness that the BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy has been finalised under the presidency of Russia. “This is a notable achievement. And India will pursue this task further during its presidency,” he as per UNI had said.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, in tweets on the subject, said: “Fulfilling commitments and strengthening BRICS partnership!”
“During BRICS Summit 2020 Prime Minister @narendramodi had highlighted the need and support for: Reform of UNSC, Dealing with the menace of terrorism jointly and the Role BRICS economies can play in Earth’s recovery.”
“Taking PM’s vision forward, during #BRICSIndia2021, inter-alia, 2 important documents adopted:
Small Agreement on ‘Strengthening and Reforming of the Multilateral System’ by BRICS Foreign Ministers
BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan by BRICS National Security Advisers”, with the hashtag #BRICSat15, to mark 15 years of the grouping.
During the meeting of BRICS National Security Advisors on August 24, the High Representatives Responsible for National Security, “adopted and recommended the BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan for consideration by the BRICS Summit”.
“The Action Plan aims to further strengthen existing mechanisms of cooperation in areas such as financing and combating terrorism, misuse of the internet by terrorists, curbing the travel of terrorists, border controls, protection of soft targets, information sharing, capacity building, and regional and international cooperation.”
The BRICS Foreign Ministers at their June 1 meeting “issued a Joint Statement on Strengthening and Reforming the Multilateral System. The Ministers expressed support for continued cooperation of BRICS countries in areas of mutual interest, including through regular exchanges amongst their Permanent Missions to the United Nations and in other international fora.”
The summit meeting on Thursday will be attended by Presidents, Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China, and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.
India’s National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, President of the New Development Bank, Marcos Troyjo, the pro tempore Chair of the BRICS Business Council, Onkar Kanwar and pro tempore Chair of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance, Dr. Sangita Reddy, will present reports on the outcomes pursued this year under their respective tracks to the Leaders during the Summit.
The theme for the Summit is ‘BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus’.
India had outlined four priority areas for its Chairship. These are Reform of the Multilateral System, Counter Terrorism, Using Digital and Technological Tools for achieving SDGs and Enhancing People to People exchanges. In addition to these areas, the leaders will also exchange views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other current global and regional issues.
This is the second time Prime Minister Modi will be chairing the BRICS Summit. Earlier he had chaired the Goa Summit in 2016. The Indian Chairship of BRICS this year coincides with the fifteenth anniversary of BRICS, as reflected in the theme for the Summit.