India said on Friday that the latest IPCC report on climate change could be “the last signal” that concrete action would be taken against global environmental problems.

The environment ministers agreed on the New Delhi environment declaration, which aims to promote a spirit of environmental cooperation among the BRICS to ensure continuity, consolidation and consensus among the BRICS countries on environmental issues.

It underlined that it is necessary to establish concrete and collective global action against the global environment and climate issues that are guided by equality, national priorities and circumstances and the principles of joint responsibility and capacity (CBDR-RC) as shared but differentiated, the Environment Ministry said in a statement.

India’s Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate change, Bhupender Yadav, presided at the meeting at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, New Delhi, while the other environment ministers from BRICS nations were almost on the verge of joining it.

Before this meeting, the meeting was preceded by the meeting of the BRICS Joint Environment Working Party held on 26 August.

Yadav says that 2021 will be a very important year not just when it comes to BRICS, but for the world, with a UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15 in October) and the Annual Climate Summit (UNFCCC)(COP26) in November.

India stressed that the BRICS can play a very important role in tackling the current global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, plastic waste in the seas and so on.


BRICS is the acronym coined to associate five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The BRICS members are known for their significant influence on regional affairs. (wikipedia)

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BRIC is a grouping acronym which refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China deemed to be developing countries at a similar stage of newly advanced economic development, (wikipedia)

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The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization aiming to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, (wikipedia)

Narendra Modi

Narendra Damodardas Modi ; born 17 September 1950) is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current prime minister of India since 2014. (wikipedia)