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BRICS summits and documents

BRICS Members

On 9 July 2008 the BRICs Leaders met for the first time at the sideline of the G-8 Summit (Hokkaido), where they pressed their Foreign Ministers to organize the First BRICs Summit. Since  2009, the heads of states meet regularly. At its first Summit in Russia in 2009, BRIC heads of state called for emerging economies to have a greater voice in international financial institutions and for a more diversified global monetary system.

The changing global environment has seen a greater political and economic role for the BRICS and other emerging powers. By 2020, the BRICS countries are expected to contribute nearly half of all global gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

BRIC is a powerful bloc of emerging economies which recorded a combined GDP of 18 trillion late in December 2010. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), BRIC will account for 61% of global growth in three years’ time.

The 2010 – 2011 Global Competitiveness Report(link is external) of the World Economic Forum ranks South Africa favourably in relation to the other BRICS countries. The 2010 United Nations (UN) Conference on Trade and Development World Investment Report puts South Africa in the top 20 of priority economies for foreign direct investment in the world.

The structure of BRICS trade (i.e. value-added exports supporting the National Industrial Policy Framework and the Industrial Policy Action Plan [PDF] is more important than nominal volumes of trade.[ South Africa Govt]

  1. Federative Republic of Brazil
  2. Russian Federation
  3. Republic of India
  4. People’s Republic of China
  5. Republic of South Africa

Summits

2020: St. Petersburg

  • BRICS  summit on the virtual platform on November 17, 2020
  • Originally scheduled for July 21-23, 2020; postponed indefinitely on May 27, 2020
  • Documents from the summit will be posted here when they become available.

2019: November 14, Brasilia, Brazil

  • Brasilia Declaration

2019: June 28, Osaka, Japan

  • Joint Statement on BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting on the Margins of G20 Summit

2018: November 30, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Media Statement: Informal BRICS Leaders’ Meeting on the Margins of the G20 Summit

2018: July 25-27, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 10th BRICS Summit Johannesburg Declaration — BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution

2017: September 3-5, Xiamen, China

  • BRICS Leaders Xiamen Declaration including annexes

2017: July 7, Hamburg, Germany

  • Press Communiqué of the BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting on the Margins of the G20 Hamburg Summit

2016: October 15-16, Goa, India

  • Goa Declaration
  • Goa Action Plan
  • Summit Themes

2016: September 4, Hangzhou, China

  • Media Note on the BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting on the Margins of the G20 Summit

2015: November 15, Antalya, Turkey

  • Media Note on the Informal Meeting of BRICS Leaders on the occasion of the G20 Summit in Antalya

2015: July 8-9, Ufa, Russia

    • 2015 Ufa Declaration, July 9, 2015
    • 2015 Ufa Action Plan, July 9, 2015
    • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation with the New Development Bank, July 9, 2015
    • The Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership, July 9, 2015
    • Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Culture, July 9, 2015
    • Memorandum of Understanding on the Creation of the Joint BRICS Website, July 9, 2015
    • Press statement, July 9, 2015
    • Limited attendance meeting: Remarks by Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, July 9, 2015

 

2014: November 15, Brisbane, Australia

  • Media Note on the Informal Meeting of BRICS Leaders on the occasion of the G20 Summit in Brisbane

2014: July 15-16, Fortaleza, Brazil

  • Sixth BRICS Summit: Fortaleza Declaration (includes the Fortaleza Action Plan), July 15, 2014
  • Treaty for the Establishment of a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement, July 15, 2014
  • Agreement on the New Development Bank, July 15, 2014
  • Cooperation Agreement on Innovation, July 16, 2014

2013: September 5, St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Media Note on the informal meeting of BRICS Leaders ahead of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg

2013: March 25-27, Durban, South Africa

  • BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation – eThekwini Declaration, March 27, 2013
  • Statement by BRICS Leaders on the Establishment of the BRICS-Led Development Bank, March 27, 2013
  • South African president Jacob Zuma’s plenary address to the Durban Summit, March 27, 2013
  • Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s statement after the Durban Summit, March 27, 2013
  • Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s statement to the media after the Durban Summit, March 27, 2013
  • Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s statement to the BRICS-Africa Dialogue Forum, March 27, 2013
  • Russian president Vladimir Putin’s statement after the Durban Summit, March 27, 2013
  • Russian president Vladimir Putin’s statement to the media after the Durban Summit, March 27, 2013
  • Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s statement at the working session of the Durban Summit [Portuguese], March 27, 2013
  • Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s media statement at the Durban Summit [Portuguese], March 27, 2013
  • Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s statement to the BRICS-Africa Dialogue Forum [Portuguese], March 27, 2013
  • Chinese president Xi Jinping’s statement at the Durban Summit [Chinese], March 27, 2013
  • South African president Jacob Zuma’s toast at opening dinner, March 26, 2013
  • Speech by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, September 11, 2012

2012: June 18, Los Cabos, Mexico

  • Media Note on the Informal Meeting of BRICS Leaders Ahead of G20 Summit in Los Cabos

2012: March 29, New Delhi, India

  • 2012 Delhi Declaration and Delhi Action Plan
  • BRICS Report: Executive Summary
  • Statement on Agreements between BRICS Development Banks
  • Manmohan Singh’s Statement and Media Statement
  • Dilma Rousseff’s Statement (Portuguese) and Media Statement (Portuguese)
  • Hu Jintao’s Statement and Media Statement
  • Dmitry Medvedev’s Statement and Media Statement
  • Jacob Zuma’s Statement and Media Statement

2011: November 3, Cannes, France

  • BRICS leaders (no document issued — see BRICS Information Centre reports)

2011: April 14, Sanya, China

  • BRICS leaders declaration

2010: April 15, Brasilia, Brazil

  • BRIC leaders joint statement

2009: June 16, Yekaterinburg, Russia

  • BRIC leaders joint statement
  • BRIC Joint Statement on Global Food Safety

2008: July 9, Hokkaido, Japan

  • BRIC leaders (no documents issued from a meeting that took place during the G8 summit — see Kremlin archives)

Agriculture Ministers

2019: September 26, Bonito

  • Bonito Declaration

2016: September 23, New Delhi

  • Joint Declaration of BRICS Ministers of Agriculture

2015: October 9, Moscow

  • Joint Declaration of the 5th Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development

2015: March 11-13, Brasilia, Brazil

  • Joint Declaration of the 4th Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development, March 13, 2015

2013: October 29, Pretoria, South Africa

  • BRICS agriculture and agrarian development ministers declaration

2011: October 29-30, Chengdu, China

  • BRICS agriculture ministers declaration
  • Action Plan 2012-2016 for Agricultural Cooperation of BRICS Countries
  • Working Procedures for Agricultural Cooperation Working Group

2010: March 26, Moscow, Russia

  • BRIC agriculture ministers declaration

Communication Ministers

2019: August 14, Brasilia

  • Declaration of the 5th BRICS Communications Ministers Meeting

Culture Ministers

2019: October 11, Curitiba, Brazil

4th BRICS Culture Ministers Meeting: Curitiba — Culture for an Innovative Future

2018: South Africa

2015: June 17, Moscow

Disaster Management Ministers

2016: August 23, Udiapur

  • Declaration

Education Ministers

2016: September 30, New Delhi

  • New Delhi Declaration on Education

2015: November 18, Moscow

  • Moscow Declaration

2015: March 2: Brasilia

  • Brasilia Declaration

2013: November 5, Paris

  • Press Release

Energy Ministers

2019: November 11, Brasilia

2015: November 20, Moscow

  • Memorandum of Understanding on energy savings and energy efficiency

Environment Ministers

2019: August 15, Sao Paulo

  • Joint Statement for the 5th BRICS Ministers of Environment Meeting
  • Ministerial Decision on Cooperation

2018: May 18, 2018, Zimbali, Durban, South Africa

  • Joint Statement

2017: June 23, 2017, Tianjin, China

  • Joint Statement (draft of June 22, 2017)

2016: September 15-16, Goa

  • Goa Statement on Environment

2015: April 22, Moscow

  • Statement: First Official Meeting of BRICS Environment Ministers

Finance Ministers

BRICS finance ministers usually meet on the margins of G20 meetings and the regular meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

2019: October 17: Washington DC

2019: April 11: Washington DC

2017: March 17: Baden Baden, Germany

2016: April 14: Washington DC, United States

2015: April 16: Washington DC, United States

2014: September 9: Cairns, Australia

2014: July 15: Fortaleza, Brazil

  • Agreed Minutes of the BRICS Ministerial Meeting

2014: April 11, Washington DC, United States

2013: October 10, Washington DC, United States

2013: April 19, Washington DC, United States

2012: October 10, Tokyo, Japan

2012: April 19, Washington DC, United States

2012: February 25, Mexico City, Mexico

2011: September 22, Washington DC, United States

  • BRICS finance ministers communiqué

2010: April 23, Washington, United States

2009: September 4, London, United Kingdom

  • BRIC finance ministers and central bank governors communiqué

2009: March 14, Horsham, United Kingdom

  • BRIC finance ministers communiqué

2008: November, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • BRIC finance ministers communiqué

Foreign Ministers

2019: September 26, New York

  • Media Statement

2019: July 26, Rio de Janeiro

  • Media Statement

2018: September 27, New York

  • Media Statement

2018: June 4, Pretoria

  • Media Statement

2017: September 21, New York

  • Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations in New York

2016: September 20, New York

  • Press release

2015: September 29, New York

  • Press release issued by Brazil’s Itamaraty

2015: May 25, Moscow — Deputy Foreign Ministers

  • Press release on the Situation in the Middle East and North Africa

2014: September 25, New York

  • Press release

2014: March 24, The Hague

  • BRICS foreign ministers media note

2013: September 26, New York

  • BRICS foreign ministers media note

2012: September 26, New York

  • BRICS foreign ministers communiqué

2011: November 24, Moscow, Russia

  • BRICS deputy foreign ministers communiqué

2011: September 23, New York

  • BRICS foreign ministers, press release issued by Russia

2010: September 21, New York

  • BRIC foreign ministers, press release issued by Russia

2009: September 24, New York

  • BRIC foreign ministers, press release issued by Russia

2009: May 16, Yekaterinburg

  • BRIC foreign ministers, Joint Communiqué

2008: September 25, New York

  • BRIC foreign ministers, press release issued by Russia

Health Ministers

2019: October 25, Curitiba, Brazil

  • Declaration of the IX BRICS Health Ministers Meeting

2016: December 15-16, 2016, Delhi

  • 6th BRICS Health Ministers’ Meet Delhi Communiqué

2016: May 24, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Joint Communiqué of the BRICS Member States on Health on the Sidelines of the 69th World Health Assembly

2015: October 30, Moscow

  • Moscow Declaration

2015: May 19, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Joint Communiqué of the BRICS Member States on Health on the Sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly

2014: December 2-5, Brasilia

  • Communiqué of the IV BRICS Health Ministers, December 5, 2014

2014: May 20, Geneva

  • Joint Communiqué of the BRICS Member States on Health on the Sidelines of the 67th World Health Assembly

2013: November 7, Cape Town

  • Cape Town Communiqué

2013: May 22, Geneva

  • Joint Communiqué of BRICS Member States on Health on the Sidelines of the 66th WHA

2013: January 10-11, New Delhi

  • BRICS health ministers communiqué

2012: May 22, Geneva

  • Joint Communiqué of BRICS Member States on Health

2011: July 11, Beijing

  • BRICS health ministers declaration

Industry Ministers

2017: July 28-29, Hangzhou

  • Action Plan for Deepening Industrial Cooperation among BRICS Countries, July 29, 2017

2015: October 20, Moscow

  • Declaration — Industrial Cooperation of the BRICS Countries: New Opportunities for Growth

Labour and Employment Ministers

2019: September 20, Brasilia

  • BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

2016: September 27-28, New Delhi

  • BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers Declaration: Employment Generation, Social Protection for All and Transition from Informality to Formality, September 28

2016: June 9, Geneva

  • Joint Statement of the BRICS Member States on Labour and Employment on the sidelines of the 105th International Labour Conference

2016: January 25-26, Ufa

  • BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers Declaration: Quality Jobs and Inclusive Employment Policies, January 26

Migration Authorities

2015: October 8, Sochi

  • Joint Declaration of the Heads of the Migration Authorities of the BRICS Countries

Science, Technology and Innovation Ministers

2019: September 20, Campinas, Brazil

  • Campinas Declaration
  • Work Plan 2019-2022 [pdf]
  • Enabling Framework for the Innovation BRICS Network (“iBRICS Network”) [pdf]

2015: October 28, Moscow

  • Moscow Declaration

2015: March 17-18, Brasilia

  • Brasilia Declaration, March 18
  • Memorandum of Understanding (pdfs):Chinese | English | Hindi | Portuguese | Russian

2014: February 10, Cape Town

  • Cape Town Declaration

Trade Ministers

2019: October 24, Brasilia

2017: August 2, Shanghai

  • 7th Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers Statement
  • Annex I: Terms of Reference of BRICS Model E-Port Network
  • Annex II: Outlines for BRICS Investment Facilitation
  • Annex III: BRICS E-Commerce Cooperation Initiative
  • Annex IV: BRICS IPR Cooperation Guidelines
  • Annex V: Framework on Strengthening the Economic and Technical Cooperation for BRICS Countries

2016: October 13, New Delhi

  • Trade Ministers Communiqué

2015: December 16, Nairobi, Kenya

2015: July 7, Moscow, Russia

  • Joint Declaration
  • The Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership

2013: July 14, Fortaleza, Brazil

  • The 4th Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers: Joint Communiqué

2013: March 26, Durban, South Africa

  • The third meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers, Durban
  • BRICS Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework [PDF]

2012: April 19, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • Trade Ministers’ Statement

2012: March 28, New Delhi

  • BRICS trade and economic ministers joint press statement

2011: December 14, Geneva, Switzerland

  • BRICS trade ministers declaration

2011: April 13

  • BRICS trade and economic ministers

2010: April, Rio de Janeiro

  • BRICS trade ministers

Officials

Anticorruption Officials

  • 2015: November 1, St. Petersburg

Competition Authorities

  • 2015: November 11-13, Durban – Declaration
  • 2013: India
  • 2011: September 20-22, Beijing
  • 2009: September 1, Kazan, Russia

High Representatives on Security/National Security Advisors

  • 2015: May 26, Moscow, Russia
  • 2010: October, Sochi, Russia
  • 2010: April 15
  • 2009: May, Russia

National Statistical Authorities

  • 2014: November 17-19, Rio de Janeiro
  • 2012: February 6-8: New Delhi
  • 2011: March, Beijing – BRICS Joint Statistical Publication
  • 2010: April, Brazil – Joint Statistical Publication by BRIC Countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China

Science and Technology Officials

  • 2011: September 15, Dalian, China
    Senior Officials Meeting of the BRICS member states on scientific and technological cooperation, briefing note issued by Russia

Tax and Revenue Authorities

  • 2015: November 19, Moscow – Declaration
  • 2013: January 17-18, Delhi – Communiqué

Other

Academic Forum/Track II

  • 2015: May 22-23, Moscow
  • 2014: March 18-19, Rio de Janeiro
  • 2013: March 26-27, Durban
  • 2012: March 5-6, New Delhi – Recommendations
  • 2011: March, Beijing
  • 2010: April 14-15, Brazil
  • 2009: May, India

Business Forum

  • 2015: July 8, Ufa (BRICS Business Council)
  • 2015: June 18, St Petersburg (joint SCO-BRICS Business Forum)
  • 2013: March 26, Durban
    Joint Statement of the BRICS Business Forum [pdf]
  • 2012: March 27, Delhi
  • 2011: April, Sanya
  • 2010: April 14, Rio de Janeiro

Workshop on Human Milk Bank

  • 2019: August 28-30, Brasilia, Brazil
    Declaration of the First BRICS Meeting on Human Milk Bank [pdf], August 30

Mayors of BRICS Cities and Friendship Cities

  • 2011: December 1-3, Sanya, China

Parliamentary Forum

  • 2016: August 20-21, Jaipur, India – Meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians’ Forum: Declaration
  • 2015: June 8, Moscow – Declaration

Special Envoys on the Middle East

  • Joint Communiqué on the Meeting of BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East, Visakhapatnam, April 12, 2017

United Nations [UNO]

  • 2015: October 22, New York
    Joint Statement on Biological Weapons Convention

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