The environment ministers of BRICS countries are all set to meet on September 16 in Goa to strengthen mutual cooperation.
The meeting is expected to discuss Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the Joint Working Group on environment.
“The BRICS ministers are also expected to discuss thematic areas of mutual interest and prioritise actions for cooperation in critical areas like air and water pollution, liquid and solid waste management, climate change and conservation of biodiversity,” reads a statement issued on Tuesday by ministry of Environment and Forests of India.
“This meeting shall be preceded by discussions at official level,” said the ministry with the statement.
India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is organising the meeting of BRICS Environment Ministers. To take part in the meeting, India's Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Anil Madhav Dave is scheduled to arrive in Goa today (Wednesday).
The meeting assumes significance after the adoption landmark global environmental agreements like Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement last year.
BRICS block, comprising of five fastest growing market economies- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa- together accounts for 41.6% of global population, 29.31 % of total world’s territory and about 22% of world’s total GDP.