Johannesburg: Although 10 countries yesterday expelled Syrian diplomats in outrage at the massacre of 108 people, almost half of them children, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation could not see any reason to step up pressure against the Arab state.
The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a policy advisory group meeting at Erinvale Estate, Western Cape, South Africa, from 13 to 14 December 2011 on “South Africa, Africa, and the United Nations (UN) Security Council”. The policy seminar, which was held in partnership with the Centre for African Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden, was made possible through the support of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), Cape Town, and the Swedish Embassy in South Africa.
Submitted by Sanusha Naidu on Tue, 10/04/2012 - 11:31
The rise of emerging powers, specially the BRICS countries, has changed the rules of engagement, compelling the established status quoist powers to shift their strategy in this recalibrated 21st century contest for Africa’s resources, markets and friendship. In this arguably post-American world,marked by an inexorable shift of power from the West to the rest, Africa, a continent of around one billion people which is expected to grow at a healthy 6 percent in times of the festering eurozone recession, has a unique opportunity to shepherd its renaissance on its own terms and reclaim its place in an evolving global order.
There’s growing talk in Europe about the reported political ambitions of Pascal Lamy, the Frenchman who heads the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO). There are implications for India and BRICS. According to the Swiss newspaper Le Temps, Lamy is in regular contact with Francois Hollande, the socialist candidate in the Apr 22 and May 6 French presidential elections and chief rival to incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
Washington: The efforts of BRICS nations to engage in global multilateral institutions will help in strengthening the "international system", the US has said. "We've reviewed the leaders' Delhi declaration and believe that their engagement in multilateral institutions, global multilateral institutions, can only strengthen our international system as well as we appreciated their comments in support of the global economic recovery," State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said at his daily news conference.
New Delhi: We, the leaders of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met in New Delhi, India, on 29 March 2012 at the Fourth BRICS Summit. Our discussions, under the overarching theme, “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity”, were conducted in an atmosphere of cordiality and warmth and inspired by a shared desire to further strengthen our partnership for common development and take our cooperation forward on the basis of openness, solidarity, mutual understanding and trust.
Submitted by Sanusha Naidu on Wed, 28/03/2012 - 16:18
The 4th BRICS Academic Forum meeting, hosted by the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi from the 4-6 March 2012, comprised of experts and scholars from the research and academic institutions of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Submitted by Sanusha Naidu on Wed, 28/03/2012 - 15:02
Over the last decade, countries known under the emerging markets acronym of BRICS, have begun to seriously define their common interests and values. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have held three summits so far – in Russia, Brazil and China. On March 29, they will meet again, this time in New Delhi, with the goal of addressing the global economic condition, reforming financial and regulatory institutions and improving cooperation with each other on a host of international issues from starting a BRICS development bank to interchanging high tech skills.