13th – 14th October 2016, Goa
Just two-day before the BRICS meeting hosted by India in Goa, a two-day long People’s Forum on BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) was organized at the Xavier’s Centre for Historical Research, Alto Porvorim, Goa by various people’s movement and NGOs working on various issues across the BRICS countries. More than 500 people representing various social movement, Trade Unions, academia, and civil society organizations from BRICS countries participated in it to share ideas on struggle, analyze existing situation and discuss about building solidarity in the resistance against neo-liberal regime and corporate globalization. The People’s Forum rejected the main stream development agenda of BRICS countries governments and set a positive agenda for the people.
In ‘People’s Forum on BRICS’, a meeting titled “Matching the Climate Trend in BRICS Countries and their Climate Commitment: Civil Society Perspective” was organized & conducted by PAIRVI, with participation from two other BRICS countries. It highlighted the importance of discussing environment and energy together as critically important, also mining and deforestation for energy purpose in BRICS countries are major cause for environmental degradation. BRICS nations like India and China are looking at BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries as market for their products as well as has tendency to exploit natural resources of these countries. The meeting also discussed three major agreements regarding disaster reduction, sustainable development and climate change; Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), New York UN Sustainable Development Summit and Paris Climate Change Conference held in the year of 2015, and IIIrd UN conference on Financing for Development with Environmental Aspects held in Ethiopia in 2016. These all seem more inclined towards giving free hand to industries rather than saving environment.
The electricity system of South Africa was presented by South African delegates that reflected various sources and trend of energy as well as pollution level over there is caused by fossil fuel. The electricity access on the basis of color and creed, and workers movement demand of energy access and better life also for black people in South Africa was also the part of the discussion. It was also followed by PPT on climate justice, carbon trading, international deals etc in BRICS countries that visualized that Paris agreement is being presented as solution of global warming but this agreement does not put any clear restriction on fossil fuels consumption. The meeting also passed a resolution as an official demands from Govt. of India.