BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas in 2023

7 February 2022

On Jan 31 – Feb 3, South Africa hosted the first meeting of the BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas in 2023. The Russian delegation was headed by Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, BRICS Sous-Sherpa Pavel Knyazev.

During the meeting, South African partners showcased priorities for their 2023 BRICS chairmanship, such as strengthening multilateralism, reforming global governance institutions, post-pandemic economic recovery and sustainable development, including by unlocking the potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area, deepening cooperation for the purpose of just and equitable energy transition and combating climate change, as well as transformation of education and increasing the meaningful participation of women in peace processes. A thorough discussion of issues of institutional building in the BRICS format took place.

The Sides reaffirmed their commitment to continuing work in key areas of the Five’s strategic partnership in the areas of politics and security, economics and finance, culture and humanitarian ties.

The Russian Side emphasized the importance of implementing the Integrated Early Response System to the Risks of Mass Infectious Diseases, establishing the Center for Industrial Competence on the basis of UNIDO, the Five’s Medical Association and a specialized journal, as well as strengthening cooperation in the field of nuclear medicine and sports.

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Russian Embassy in the Republic of South Africa

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