Civic BRICS Forum 2015

by Anubha Sinha last modified Aug 10, 2015 02:27 PM
I attended the Civil BRICS Forum in Moscow last month. My session fell under the Economics and Trade category; and I spoke on the importance of maintaining a balanced IP regime, strengthening access to knowledge and medicines, and ensuring free speech and innovation. The event was held in Moscow from June 29 to July 1, 2015.

The working group also invited comments to the Zero draft recommendations and I drafted a quick response to the problematic aspects of the draft. See the Civic BRICS Forum Statement.

BRICS is a unique interactive format of the five largest and most dynamically developing countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. BRICS member states in total occupied about a quarter of the land on the world map. The total population of the BRICS countries is about 40%. The cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) is about 26% of the global one. However, BRICS is not only a club intended to strengthen the economic impact of the rapidly developing countries, but as well a fundamentally new form of international or rather an inter-civilizational dialogue based on the principles of polycentricity, non-hierarchy and networking. Therefore it seems that BRICS is able to propose a new concept of equal interaction over all vectors of interstate cooperation: in the monetary sphere, allocation of resources, trade, political and human relations.

Our Internet resource will help not only to get acquainted closer with history and activity of the BRICS club, to trace news and analytical articles on the agenda both the international process of BRICS, and Civil BRICS, but also to participate directly in Civil BRICS activity by means of forums of the Dialogues Internet platform.

List of Panels

  1. Culture of BRICS countries 2015-2040: challenges for public administration (2 parts, longer session)
    D K Hari, Bharath Gyan
  2. Building racial, ethnic and religious tolerance and nondiscrimination, regulation of migration and integration of migrants (2 parts, longer session)
    Anasua Basu Rau Choudhary, ORF Kolkata
  3. System of intellectual property protection and promotion of innovations
    Anubha Sinha, Programme Officer, Access to Knowledge
  4. BRICS and construction of a multipolar world
    Anchal Vohra, CNN-IBN
  5. MDGs Implementation, SDGs and role of the BRICS countries
    Gautam Kirtane, ORF Mumbai
  6. Social role ofintellectual property protection in healthcare
    Nilanjana Bose, GHS
  7. Modern global challenges and the role of the BRICS in ensuring peace and security
    Rajeswari Rajagopalan, ORF Delhi
  8. Sustainable Energy and Climate Change
    Sonali Mitra, ORF Delhi
  9. The role of education and science in the development of human capital
    Aparna Sundaresan, ORF Mumbai
  10. Public healthcare development and access to medical services as priority of BRICS international development
    Anjali Nayyar, GHS
  11. Socially responsible trade as a tool for further economic development of the BRICS countries
    Nilanjan Ghosh, ORF Kolkata
  12. Economics in the finite world
    Rajrishi Singhal, Gateway House
  13. Non-Western view on the World's future
    Varun Sahni, JNU
  14. BRICS and global South societies in addressing growing inequality
    Ashok Malik, ORF Delhi
  15. Involvement of civil society in global governance and shaping the world’s future (open discussion)
    TCA Rangachari
  16. BRICS New Development Bank: acting for the common good (open discussion)
    Samir Saran, ORF Delhi
  17. Food security and civil society
    Rahul Goswami, Centre for Social Markets
  18. Challenges and threats of the modern world: "color revolutions" and use of "soft power"
    Mihir Sharma, Business Standard
  19. Money as a Weapon (open discussion)
    Pranay Kothasthane, Takshashila Institution
  20. Green economy and innovative development (open discussion)
    Kanika Chawla, CEEW
  21. Sustainable development of local administration: municipal and private innovative entrepreneurship projects
    Rumi Aijaz, ORF Delhi
  22. BRICS educational space: ways to strengthen scientific and academic ties. Aiming at high quality education (open discussion)
    Dhaval Desai, ORF Mumbai
  23. Disease prevention and promotion of healthy lifestyles among children and youth from BRICS-countries (open discussion)
    Sarah Farooqui, Takshashila Institution

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