Communiqué of International Enlarged Consultative Meeting “Prospects for deepening of cooperation within BRICS and participation of civil society institutions of new developing countries in this process”
Federation for Peace and Conciliation, Moscow, March 4-5, 2013
Federation for Peace and Conciliation
Moscow, March 4-5, 2013
The international enlarged non-government meeting of representatives of civil society organizations of the BRICS countries and new developing countries was held in Moscow on March 4-5, 2013. More than 70 participants from nineteen countries met in Moscow at the invitation of the Federation for Peace and Conciliation to discuss key issues of global and regional development of BRICS countries and new developing countries in a rapidly changing world.
The two-day discussion was devoted to the role and interaction of civil institutions of the represented countries on critical challenges and issues of modern times. During the meeting the conference participants noted that cooperation of the representatives of non-government organizations of BRICS countries is necessary for the development of civil society institutions themselves both nationally and internationally. Today, the range of activities of civil institutions includes numerous problems faced by such growing economies as BRICS countries, as well as their partners – new developing countries.
First of all, the issue of security in the broad sense: energy, economic, food, political, social, and non-system challenges, as well as socio-economic development of BRICS countries and new developing countries.
To date, the BRICS is quite a flexible and rather dynamic structure compared to many international and regional associations. The role of civil society institutionsin the framework of this organization is very high. Consolidating function of such institutions is necessary for a more sustainable development of the societies of the BRICS countries and new developing countries. This association is based on economic and social cooperation, which makes BRICS more independent of political environment than many other alliances.
During the meeting, the participants noted the high interest of civil society of the BRICS countries and new developing countries in cooperation and expressed confidence that civil society institutions can play an important role in the transformation of relations with other international and regional integration associations.
It was particularly noted that the fast-growing economies of the BRICS ensure rapid modernization of various sectors of industry of BRICS member countries, as well as engage in cooperation and collaboration not only new developing countries, but also the world’s leading powers. The position of BRICS countries in the world is reinforced by such key factor that they are not a block structure. This proves once again the need to interact at a non-governmental level.
NGOs maintain the position that all countries should respect each other and treat each other as equals in order to work jointly for promotion democracy in international relations. The internal affairs of the countries should be decided by their own people while the international affairs should be subject by all countries through consultations on equal footing and every countries right to equally participate in international affairs.
The successful cooperation of non-government organizations within the BRICS is the foundation of positive interaction on the vital issues of modern times, including at a higher governmental level as well as the opportunity to face a wider range of issues and spheres of cooperation.
Meaningful discussion on the information level creates a constructive basis for a positive agenda in advance of the official BRICS summit to be held in the Republic of South Africa March 26-27 2013.
In order to strengthen the cooperation between non-government expert community of countries with developing economy and new developing countries and in the interests of our peoples the participants spoke in favor of a Plan of Actions that lays the foundation of cooperation in this framework:
- The meeting of non-government organizations concerning the development of cooperation of civil societies of BRICS countries and new developing countries held in March 2013 in Moscow is a platform for dialogue and cooperation of public organizations in our countries, where 70-80 percent of the world population lives, in order to promote peace, security and development in a multipolar, interconnected and increasingly complex globalizing world. Transcontinental dimension of our cooperation – we represent Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America – gives a special value and significance.
- We are convinced that non-government expert community of countries with developing market economy and developing countries have the potential to play an even larger and active role as a driving force for economic growth, prosperity, social stability, while working together with public institutions of other countries in order to reduce imbalances in global economic development and expansion of the social base of development.
- The participants stand for creation of financial and economic mechanisms that insure just management of international monetary institutions. In this context they draw attention to the creation of International fund of BRICS countries that support the civil society activities.
- We recognize the importance of solidarity in maintaining stability, peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa, for all of us and for the international community as a whole, and which is more important - for Middle Eastern and North African countries and their citizens whose lives are affected by upheval that occur in the region. We strive to ensure that these countries have regained peace and stability, reached prosperity, and became the respected members of the world community.
- The attention was paid to the recognition of the Independent Palestinian State and in this context to the issue of violation of human rights in Palestine that also expressed in unilateral steps, in particular settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
- We express our deep concern about the current situation in Syria and call for an immediate end to all forms of violence and human rights violations in that country that leads to the loss of civil population. Approach to the crisis through peaceful means based on a broad national dialogue on the various lines would best fit global interests that would meet the legitimate aspirations of all layers of Syrian society with respect for the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria. Our goal is to promote inclusive political process led by Syrians themselves without foreign non-interference, and we welcome collaborative efforts made for this purpose by the United Nations and the Arab League. We call upon the Syrian government and all layers of Syrian society to demonstrate the political will to initiate such a process, which is essential for creation of a new climate for peace.
- The meeting participants expressed their concern about increasing tension on the Korean peninsula and spoke in favor of the fast achievement of the result through negotiations and achievement of denuclearization of the peninsula on the basis of guarantee of security and non-interference in internal affairs.
- We cannot allow the situation in Iran has developed into a conflict, catastrophic consequences of which will meet nobody’s interests. We are against unilateral sanctions that leads to the suffering of civil population. Iran plays a key role in the peaceful development and prosperity of the region, which is very important politically and economically. Standing for Nuclear weapons free Zone at the Middle East we recognize Iran’s right to peaceful use of nuclear energy in accordance with its international obligations and support the solution of the connected issues through political and diplomatic means, and through dialogue between the parties concerned.
- Participants drew attention to the problems of the Sahel region, suffering from extremism, human rights violations and the lack of food and the theat of transformation of the region into a base for terrorism.
- Participants stressed importance of development of education of the young people on the acute issues of cooperation within and around BRICS and in this context stressed necessity of wide use of Internet and social nets for enlarging of communication of civil societies.
- We stand for the effective development of all types of dialogue and cooperation and creation of conditions for mutual understanding, the conditions for which are created, in particular, through the development of sport spirit of healthy competition on the grounds of the World Student Games 2013 in Kazan, the Youth Olympic Games 2014 in Nanjing, Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games 2014 in Sochi, the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
- The meeting participants welcome the summit meeting to be held in the Republic of South Africa at Durban on March 26-27, 2013.
- The SA Peace initiative informed that they will organize 3d-meeting of peace organizations from BRICS countries as agreed in New Delhi meeting in 2012. They also informed that within the framework of the event there will be enlarged meeting of the friendly counties mainly from African continent.
- The meeting participants express their deep gratitude to the receiving international non-government organization “Federation for Peace and Conciliation” (IFPC) for organizing such important event.
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