Russia takes over the BRICS chairmanship for 2024

ER Editor:  2024 is the year that Russia leads the BRICS group, and it started yesterday. See this by RT —

Putin outlines objectives for Russia’s BRICS presidency

Some tweets –

Two pieces below, from an Egyptian source via Infobrics and a longer one from Sputnik.


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Russia to Advance “BRICS People Choosing Life” Programme During Its BRICS Chairmanship


In the year of its chairmanship in the BRICS association, the Russian Federation is set to uphold and expand the “BRICS People Choosing Life” programme. This initiative, comprising 12 projects spanning both humanitarian and business realms, will be a focal point of Russia’s leadership within BRICS, as reported by TV BRICS.

The People’s Friendship University of Russia, named after Patrice Lumumba (RUDN), has already initiated efforts for the Russian phase of the “BRICS People Choosing Life” programme. The international socio-cultural endeavour, spanning from 2022 to 2028 and operating under the motto “from the ecology of mind and body to the ecology of the world,” will be orchestrated by the Regional NGO “BRICS. World of Traditions” across member countries.

At the core of this programme is the drive to promote collaborative projects that unify the people of BRICS nations. It aims to educate children and youth about the moral legacies of distinguished figures from BRICS states, preserve and promote cultural and historical heritage, and foster the development of trade and economic relations among member countries.

RUDN recently hosted the unveiling of the projects, accompanied by a cultural and educational exhibition titled “Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi: a unique legacy.” This exhibition showcased the profound correspondence between the two great thinkers on the idea of non-resistance to evil by evil.

The programme’s second phase, slated for Russia’s BRICS Chairmanship in 2024, will commemorate significant anniversaries, including the 195th year since Leo Tolstoy’s birth, the 75th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s memory, the 150th anniversary of Nicholas Roerich’s birth, and the centenaries of the Central Asian Expedition of Nicholas, Yuri, and Elena Roerich, as well as Afanasy Nikitin’s memory. Additionally, it will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of trade and economic relations between Russia and India.

During Russia’s chairmanship, the programme will witness the implementation of 12 humanitarian and business projects, reflecting a commitment to multifaceted cooperation spanning trade, economy, science, education, and shared values.

The inaugural phase of the programme unfolded in the Republic of India in December 2022, with New Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune hosting 12 cultural, educational, and business events. Over two thousand students and representatives from the business sector participated in these activities. Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Russia’s Sherpa in BRICS, underscored the contemporary relevance of the ideologies espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy, as well as the enduring significance of initiatives like “BRICS People Choosing Life.” He highlighted its dynamic nature, encompassing various areas of cooperation, from trade and the economy to science, education, and core values.

Daily News Egypt


Russia’s BRICS Presidency Lends Hope for ‘Proactive Push Towards Multipolarity’


President Vladimir Putin underscored at the end of the year that Russia would devote its BRICS presidency in 2024 to building a fair world order, and “strengthening multilateralism for equitable global development and security.”

Russia is taking over the rotating presidency in BRICS in 2024, with about 200 political, economic, and social events planned within this framework to be held in more than 10 cities, along with a summit in October in Kazan.

Weighing in on Russia’s upcoming chairmanship of the group, President Vladimir Putin underscored that its motto will be strengthening multilateralism for equitable global development and security. BRICS activities will have a positive impact on the international system. The planned Kazan BRICS Summit in October is expected to show that a growing number of countries in the world do not want to live in line with the US-enforced “rules-based order.” They prefer to be guided by their own interests and the interests of their partners, creating beneficial conditions for effective joint development, Putin stressed earlier this year. The Russian head of state reiterated these goals at his 2023 year-end press conference, which coincided with the president’s annual live Q&A session. During its chairmanship, Russia intends to do everything to effectively promote the implementation of the decisions made at the BRICS Summit in August in the South African city of Johannesburg, including those related to expanding the circle of participants in the association.

‘Proactive Push Towards Multipolarity’

For example, India is looking forward to a “proactive and dynamic” BRICS presidency by Russia, with increased efforts towards achieving “multilateralism and multipolarity,” former Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, distinguished fellow of foreign policy studies, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, told Sputnik.

“This is an important multilateral organization, and we’re expecting Russia to make a big difference by strengthening this forum. The goal of multilateralism is shared with the members of BRICS, and also beyond it. It is not only desirable, it is actually essential,” Bhatia noted.

The member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Africa Committee and chair of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s Task Force on Blue Economy and BIMSTEC WA continued:

“What we expect from Russia is to stress to the world that a decision-making power cannot be restricted to a few nations. It has to be widely shared. It should be inclusive, it should be representative, and it should be for collective good.”

Furthermore, Rajiv Bhatia emphasized that
a special focus should be placed on the reform of the UN Security Council, which manifests the formal part of multilateralism. So we are hopeful that Russia will work in that direction as well.”

The BRICS group of major emerging economies, which currently comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, was formed in 2009, in a move initiated by Moscow. The leaders of the five nations approved the group’s expansion by inviting Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to join the bloc in August, during the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa. Their membership, except for Argentina, is to officially take effect on January 1, 2024.

Russia may expand its diplomatic activities in the sense of trying to coordinate “strategic thinking about multilateralism,” agreed Prof. Alexis Habiyaremye, senior researcher with DSI/NRF, South African research chair in industrial development, University of Johannesburg. Multilateralism “still needs to have a final shape” and “contours that everybody understands,” Prof. Habiyaremye added.
“Part of the focus I expect Russia to engage on is to provide those contours and to have an alignment among existing members, but also new members,” he said.
Prof. Alexis Habiyaremye suggested that as multilateralism is linked to security and development, “its final form is going to be heavily dependent on the outcomes of [Russia’s] special military operation in Ukraine,” adding that “this is where the battle is raging between the old world dominated by a hegemon, the US, with its Western allies, and the strategy of multilateralism.”
Multipolarity, an equitable UN system, and counter balancing the US-European hegemony is an interest of all members of the Global South. It is for this reason that Russia has chosen for its presidency the theme of ‘strengthening of multilateralism for a fair global development and security,‘” agreed Professor Fulufhelo Netswera, executive dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Durban University of Technology in South Africa.

“It can be expected that Russia will champion initiatives for practically strengthening BRICS’ security architecture – both economic and political,” he noted.

Russia’s objective of “pushing for greater multilateralism” will be a key focus of its 2024 BRICS chairmanship, agreed Gurjit Singh, former Indian ambassador to Germany, Indonesia, Ethiopia, ASEAN, and the African Union. He expressed hope that under Russia’s presidency, conditions will be created for “greater harmony within the expanded BRICS.”

BRICS Expansion to ‘Counter Western Hegemony’

The world “has become less safe not only from a physical security stand point, but economically,” Professor Fulufhelo Netswera noted. These general sentiments are shared by members of the Global South, he said, with progressive UN resolutions “stifled by the USA singlehandedly and at times with the support of the European Union.” Deploring the fact that “unipolarity has completely failed,” he underscored that the Global South had “generally voted in unison with the sentiment of the members of BRICS and echoed frustrations at the disenfranchisement of the weaker and smaller states perpetuating neocolonial and unipolarity agendas.”

“No wonder as many as 40+ countries had lined up for potential BRICS membership in 2023 because they see BRICS to be a potential counter to Western hegemony,” Professor Fulufhelo Netswera stressed.

Before the beginning of the South Africa summit, more than 40 countries had expressed interest in entering BRICS, with 23 formally applying to join. However, Argentina’s President Javier Milei later rejected the invitation in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

We will carry out close coordination with our partners on foreign policy, work together at key international platforms, primarily at the UN, and continue the practice of regular meetings of top representatives on security matters,” said Russian President Putin in December. He noted that the potential of the BRICS countries continues to increase, with the share of member states in global GDP having already exceeded that of the so-called Group of Seven (G7) in terms of purchasing power parity.
The expansion of BRICS will be an important feature of Russia’s management of BRICS, Rajiv Bhatiasaid. As three of the invited countries are from the Gulf region and two are from Africa, that “should indicate to us where the future progress will happen,” he remarked, adding that “energy cooperation should become a domain of priority interest to all of us.”
“Critical issues of the Global South, accelerated economic development, equity, the need for more finance and technology, all those issues should now come more prominently on the BRICS agenda,” Rajiv Bhatia underscored.
An enlarged BRICS would account for 42% of global oil production and 55% of global natural gas reserves, Russia’s president pointed out earlier in the year. “Over the past decade, investments by the BRICS countries in the global economy have doubled, and total exports have reached 20% of the global figure,” Vladimir Putin said. Speaking of the strategy of economic partnership of the BRICS states, Putin singled out boosted cooperation in areas such as diversification of supply chains, dedollarization and the transition to national currencies in mutual payments, the digital economy, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, and fair technology transfer.




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2 Comments on Russia takes over the BRICS chairmanship for 2024

  1. Thanks for this link. But the KM has been in charge of everything everywhere for centuries, minimum. They’re now being taken down. Ukraine, Israel, the rest … Zionism is in its death throes.

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