ER Editor: 2024 is the year that Russia leads the BRICS group, and it started yesterday. See this by RT —
Some tweets ––
♨️ Russia began its BRICS chairmanship on January 1, 2024.
Get ready!!! 👇
39 Countries Ready To Join BRICS in 2024 pic.twitter.com/sICWHGSYYj
— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) January 1, 2024
That’s why Russia 🇷🇺/BRICS . Are going to break the Status of the USA dollar as reserve currency! pic.twitter.com/nsezjFtw15
— Andy Sayad (@Andy_Sayad) December 30, 2023
🎙 Address by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the start of Russia’s BRICS Chairmanship
💬 On January 1, Russia was passed the baton of the #BRICS chairmanship, an association which, according to the decision adopted by the 15th BRICS Summit in August 2022, now includes 10… pic.twitter.com/NF5WnfMgNC
— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) January 1, 2024
ABOUT 30 COUNTRIES want to join BRICS
Lavrov spoke about Russia’s chairmanship of BRICS in 2024 pic.twitter.com/A2jqF4LR6b
— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) December 27, 2023
Two pieces below, from an Egyptian source via Infobrics and a longer one from Sputnik.
Published via Infobrics.org
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’
SVETLANA EKIMENKO for SPUTNIK NEWS
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.
‘Proactive Push Towards Multipolarity’
“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.
“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.”
“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.
“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’
“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.
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