Fifth BRICS Summit Declaration and action plan

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40. We welcome the establishment of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in line with the Rio+20 Outcome Document which reaffirmed the Rio Principles of Sustainable Development as the basis for addressing new and emerging challenges. We are fully committed to a coordinated inter-governmental process for the elaboration of the UN development agenda.

41. We note the following meetings held in the implementation of the Delhi Action Plan:

. Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the margins of UNGA.

. Meeting of National Security Advisors in New Delhi.

. Meetings of Finance Ministers, and Central Bank Governors in Washington DC and Tokyo.

. Meeting of Trade Ministers in Puerto Vallarta.

. Meetings of Health Ministers in New Delhi and Geneva.

42. We welcome the establishment of the BRICS Think Tanks Council and the BRICS Business Council and take note of the following meetings which were held in preparation for this Summit:

. Fifth Academic Forum

. Fourth Business Forumx

. Third Financial Forum

43. We welcome the outcomes of the meeting of the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors and endorse the Joint Communique of the Third Meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers held in preparation for the Summit.

44. We are committed to forging a stronger partnership for common development. To this end, we adopt the eThekwini Action Plan.

45. We agree that the next summit cycles will, in principle, follow the sequence of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

46. Brazil, Russia, India and China extend their warm appreciation to the Government and people of South Africa for hosting the Fifth BRICS Summit in Durban.

47. Russia, India, China and South Africa convey their appreciation to Brazil for its offer to host the first Summit of the second cycle of BRICS Summits, i.e. the Sixth BRICS Summit in 2014 and convey their full support thereto.

eThekwini Action Plan:

1. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the margins of UNGA.

2. Meeting of BRICS National Security Advisors.

3. Mid-term meeting of Sherpas and Sous-Sherpas.

4. Meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the margins of G20 meetings, WB/IMF meetings, as well as stand-alone meetings, as required.

5. Meetings of BRICS Trade Ministers on the margins of multilateral events, or stand-alone meetings, as required.

6. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development, preceded by a preparatory meeting of experts on agro-products and food security issues and the Meeting of Agriculture Expert Working Group.

7. Meeting of BRICS Health Ministers and preparatory meetings.

8. Meeting of BRICS Officials responsible for population on the margins of relevant multilateral events.

9. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Science and Technology and meeting of BRICS Senior Officials on Science and Technology.

10. Meeting of BRICS Cooperatives.

11. Meetings of financial and fiscal authorities in the margins of WB/IMF meetings as well as stand-alone meetings, as required.

12. Meetings of the BRICS Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues (CGETI).

13. Meeting of the BRICS Friendship Cities and Local Governments Cooperation Forum.

14. Meeting of the BRICS Urbanization Forum.

15. Meeting of BRICS Competition Authorities in 2013 in New Delhi.

16. 5th Meeting of BRICS Heads of National Statistical Institutions.

17. Consultations amongst BRICS Permanent Missions and/or Embassies, as appropriate, in New York, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Washington, Nairobi and Geneva, where appropriate.

18. Consultative meeting of BRICS Senior Officials in the margins of relevant sustainable development, environment and climate related international fora, where appropriate.

New areas of cooperation to be explored

- BRICS Public Diplomacy Forum.

- BRICS Anti-Corruption Cooperation.

- BRICS State Owned Companies/State Owned Enterprises.

- National Agencies Responsible for Drug Control.

- BRICS virtual secretariat.

- BRICS Youth Policy Dialogue.

- Tourism.

- Energy.

- Sports and Mega Sporting Events.

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