6th BRICS Environment meeting held in Russia.

31 July 2020.


The 6th BRICS Environment meeting was held online via video conferencing under the presidency of Russia on 30th July 2020.The environment ministers of all the 6 countries participated in the meeting.


  • Union Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar represented India in the meeting and emphasised India’s concern towards attaining SDG( Sustainable  Development Goal).
  • The meeting was preceded by the BRICS Working Group meeting.
  • He also showcased India’s great initiative towards tackling air pollution, marine litter and river cleanliness.
  • The Air quality index Monitoring System has been extended to 122 cities.
  • National Clean Air Programme launched last year was brought under discussion in the meeting. The goal of the programme is to reduce particulate matter pollution 20-30 per cent relative to 2017 levels by 2024.
  • India offered to provide the platform wherein all the best practices in environmental management in BRICS countries could be displayed.
  • The Union Minister extended India’s invitation to the BRICS nations for the upcoming environment meeting which is going to be held in India in 2021.

About BRICS:

  • It is composed of five major emerging economies- Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa.
  • It was formed in the year 2009.
  • Russia and South Africa together represent 42% of the population, 30% of the territory, 18% of the global trade and 23% of GDP.
  • Every year the member countries meet at annual BRICS summit held by member state turn by turn to discuss the recent progress and happenings across the world.
  • This year the annual summit was planned to be held in Russia but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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