The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) held a meeting in China on Thursday to discuss global developments and strengthen ties. With the inclusion of South Africa for the first time this year, the BRICS nations account for 40 percent of the global population, 18 percent of world trade and 45 percent of current economic growth, according to New Delhi based The Hindu.
Although natural security issues were not at the top of the agenda, a number of them have been addressed. Through the Sanya Declaration, the BRICS called on the world to tackle, “excessive volatility in commodity prices, particularly those for food and energy.” The declaration also pledged that “the BRICS will carry out closer cooperation on food security” and noted “support [for] the development and use of renewable energy resources.” Additionally, other natural security issues were dealt with during bilateral meetings on Wednesday. These included greater energy cooperation between India and China, Russia and China and India and Russia.
Photo: From left to right: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev; Chinese President Hu Jintao; Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff and South African President Jacob Zuma. Courtesy of the Indian Prime Minister’s office and the Government of India.