The BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in an annual meeting held in New York reaffirmed their strong commitment to uphold development and multilateralism and stressed the need to strengthen coordination and cooperation among BRICSin the areas of mutual and common interests.
The meeting was held on the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72) and was chaired by South Africa in the country’s capacity as the incoming BRICS Chair for 2018. The participant ministers expressed their warm appreciation to China for the success of the 9th BRICS Summit and reaffirmed the commitment for their full implementation of the Xiamen Declaration.
As per meeting minutes available with Bureaucracy Today, the ministers underlined the progress achieved by BRICS since 2006 and expressed satisfaction from the many fruitful results of BRICS cooperation, in particular the establishment of the New Development Bank.
They recalled the 2005 World Summit Outcome document and reaffirm the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN, including its Security Council, with a view to making it more representative, effective and efficient, and to increase the representation of the developing countries so that it can adequately respond to global challenges.
The Ministers also reconfirmed the commitment to fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.