The Environment Ministers of BRICS countries held a two days meeting wherein the countries agreed on a MoU and announced setting up of a Joint Working Group, institutionalizing their mutual co-operation on environmental related issues.
Addressing a press conference today at the venue of the meeting in South Goa, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), BRICS, Shri. Anil Madhav Dave, said that the areas agreed for mutual co-operation are abatement and control of air and water pollution, efficient management of solid and liquid waste, climate change and conservation of biodiversity. “The BRICS countries are planning to share and transfer technologies in order to reduce air and water pollution. China has put up a special proposal wherein the technocrats from all the BRICS countries will together develop sustainable developmental goals in order to find solutions about these problems,” Shri. Dave said while addressing the press. The BRICS countries resolved to set up a platform for innovations, knowledge sharing and capacity building including a common website, network of technical institutions and undertake joint projects in areas of mutual interest.
The BRICS countries reaffirmed their commitment to Principles of Rio Declaration and Development, 1992 including equity and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities. “Disaster management is also one of the major concerns. We believe that each and every water body should be preserved to save and prevent water for future. A bi-lateral or multi-lateral group will be framed by the countries to look into these issues,” Shri. Dave added.
He also appreciated and congratulated the Govt of Goa for building the Waste Management plant at Saligao and urged the Chief Minister to come up with more such plants for clean Goa.
Special Secretary, Rajan Ranjani Rashmi, Secretary A. N. Jha, and Joint Secretaries A.K.Mehta and R.S. Prasad were also present for the press conference.