April 2017 (Tianjin, China): The Executive Secretary of the GDSA was invited to speak at the April workshop on BRICS City Partnership for Environment in Tianjin, China. The BRICS Forum comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and focuses on key strategic global issues such as the global economy, trade, peace and security and reform of multilateral institutions. Among the matters deliberated on by the BRICS states has included the implementation, financing and creation of an enabling environment for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development andemerging global environmental issues.
This workshop focused on the BRICS City Partnership for Environment (CPESI). The CPESI identifies water, air, solid waste management and green finance in cities as the priority areas for development, thus encouraging cooperation between BRICS Member States to realise Sustainable Development Goal 11 which calls for “making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
Text for this post adapted from the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa.