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Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs

The BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs held their regular meeting on 20 September 2016 on the margins of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  1. The Ministers underlined the marked progress achieved since the first Meeting of Foreign Ministers on the margins of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2006, in deepening the BRICS strategic partnership based on the principles of openness, solidarity, equality and mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation.
  2. The Ministers reiterated their intention to contribute to safeguarding a fair and equitable international order based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. They recalled 2005 World Summit Outcome Document. They reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations including its Security Council with a view to making it more representative and efficient.
  3. The Ministers reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They strongly condemned the recent several attacks, against some BRICS countries, including that in India. They urged concerted efforts to counter terrorism on a firm international legal basis, under the UN auspices, and expressed their conviction that a comprehensive approach was necessary to ensure effective fight against terrorism. In this regard, they called for an early conclusion of the negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention against Terrorism.
  4. The Ministers noted the convening of the BRICS National Security Advisors Meeting as well as the constitution of BRICS Working Group on Counter Terrorism and its first meeting in New Delhi.
  5. The Ministers recalled exchanged views on global and regional issues in the economic and political spheres. They are determined to continue to contribute positively to the maintenance of peace, security and stability, including by upholding multilateralism. They also recalled the contribution of BRICS countries in promoting global economic growth.
  6. The Ministers recalled the wide range of cooperation in BRICS, and noted with satisfaction, the progress made by the New Development Bank, the Contingent Reserve Arrangement, and called for the implementation of the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership.
  7. The Ministers appreciated India’s BRICS Chairpersonship for the year 2016 and the expansion in range of activities organized to date. They expressed their commitment to ensure the success of the forthcoming 8th BRICS Summit in Goa on 15-16 October 2016.
  8. The Ministers reiterated that BRICS countries will continue with their outreach and expand their cooperation with developing countries and emerging market economies in a spirit of solidarity, inclusiveness, and openness.
  9. The Ministers welcomed China’s incoming BRICS Chairpersonship in 2017 and expressed confidence that intra-BRICS cooperation will be further strengthened.
  10. The Ministers welcomed the fruitful discussion by BRICS Leaders at their Informal Meeting on the margins of the G20 Hangzhou Summit.
  11. The Ministers warmly congratulated China for the successful hosting of the G20 Hangzhou Summit. They acknowledged the significant outcomes of the G20 Summit, and called for their full implementation, including in the areas of sustainable development goals, climate change, and on innovation and structural reform as drivers of future economic growth.
  12. The Ministers discussed the current state of the global economy, and recognized that global economic recovery continues to be weak and uneven. They reiterated the need to boost world economic growth, macroeconomic policy coordination, improving global economic governance, promoting international trade and investment, addressing income inequality and achieving sustainable development. They called for collective action in this regard.
  13. As the Ministers recalled the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they reaffirmed that poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge and committed to continue to work towards the full implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They called upon the international community, especially the developed countries, to fulfill their commitments and provide strong support for developing countries. In this regard they recalled the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialization in Africa and LDCs.
  14. The Ministers emphasized the need for concerted action in addressing global health challenges. In particular they recalled the importance of a common and inclusive approach to development of medicines, research and diagnostic tools to end epidemics and to facilitate the access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines.
  15. The Ministers welcomed the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change and committed to work towards its entry into force with completion of due domestic procedures and its full implementation. They reiterated the principles of UNFCCC including the principle of equity and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and respective capabilities. They emphasized that developed countries shall continue to provide financial, technical and capacity building support to developing countries with respect to both mitigation and adaptation for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  16. The Ministers expressed their concern over continued conflicts in several regions which undermine stability and security and provide fertile grounds for terrorist activities and cause refugee and migration waves.
  17. The Ministers expressed concern over the situation in the Middle East, and stressed that the international community should work together to pave the way for the political settlement of conflicts through dialogue and negotiations. They recognized the efforts of BRICS countries, in particular that of the Russian Federation aimed at achieving a political solution to the international crisis in Syria including Russia-US arrangements agreed upon in Geneva on September 9, 2016.
  18. The Ministers underlined the need to enhance further the efforts to resolve conflicts in Africa led by Africa in collaboration with the UN and the international community. They reiterated that the African Stand-by Force and the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis that are being operationalized within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture can contribute significantly to the maintenance of peace and stability on the African continent.
  19. The Ministers discussed the possibilities for the mutual support of their initiatives at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

We, the BRICS Ministers of Education and assigned representatives of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the People's Republic of China of China, the Republic of India, the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa,

Having met in New Delhi, the Republic of India on September 30, 2016 to discuss and coordinate areas of mutual interest and develop framework for future cooperation in the field of education

Following the discussions in the meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Education on November 18, 2015 under the Chair of the Russian Federation and guided by the Moscow Declaration,

Committed to the SDG4 and corresponding targets set within "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" and the "Education 2030 Framework for Action" which serve as the overall guiding framework for the implementation of the Education 2030 agenda,

For ensuring deeper cooperation among the Member States,

Hereby declare to:

  1. Reiterate our commitment to SDG4 which aims to "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all" and 'Education 2030 Framework for Action', which serve as the overall guiding framework for implementation of the Education 2030 agenda;
  2. Initiate actions to formulate country-specific targets within the broader scope of the SDG4 and corresponding targets, taking into account the pas gains and achievements in the education sector, emerging national development priorities, availability of resources, and institutional capacities; integrate the SDG4-related targets with the national and subnational-level education sector development plans/programmes; and build capacity at the national and subnational levels for measuring and monitoring progress towards SDG4 and corresponding targets using the indicator adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016;
  3. Reaffirm the need for universal equal access to quality education, including secondary and higher education, technical and vocational education and training, and lifelong learning opportunities for all;
  4. Share the best practices available in BRICS countries on collaboration in education, research and innovation through the BRICS Network University.
  5. Organize an annual conference of the BRICS Network University in the country of the current BRICS Chair;
  6. Encourage more universities to participate in the BRICS University League to facilitate student mobility and collaborative research;
  7. Expand technical and vocational education and skills development programmes, for facilitating acquisition of skills and competencies by young people and adults for enhancing their employability and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship;
  8. Strengthen coordination within the BRICSTVET Working Group to: (a) Develop national reports, (b) share experiences relating to workforce demands and supply of skilled personnel in BRICS member countries, (c) undertake skill gap in consultation with industry/employers for designing TVET programmes, (d) study skill qualification framework in different countries and draft a BRICSTVET qualification framework, and € undertake studies to evaluate outcomes of TVET interventions and suggest policy responses. The Working Group will meet at leas once a year.
  9. Use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for improving access to education, enhancing the quality of teaching-learning process, teacher development, and strengthening educational planning and management;
  10. Identify a nodal institution within each country and create an institutional network to share ICT policies, Open Educational Resources and other e-resources, including e-Libraries, among BRICS member countries;
  11. Share information on higher education systems, approval and recognition processes, quality assurance and accreditation, and prevalent procedures and practices for evaluation and recognition of qualifications to facilitate academic mobility; may also consider subsequently to constitute an expert group to work towards the development of a framework for mutual recognition of qualifications among the BRICS countries.
  12. Facilitate mobility of students and scholars, and encourage exchange of teaching faculty, especially those working in the areas relating to the six domains identifies for cooperation within the BRICS Network University;
  13. Develop an enabling framework to promote research cooperation and knowledge transfer among BRICS countries in collaboration with other BRICS initiatives;
  14. Encourage active involvement of the participating universities in the BRICS-NU;

The Federative Republic of Brazil, the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa extend their appreciation to the Government of India for hosting the 4th meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Education.

  1. The 6 th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers was held on 13 October, 2016 in New Delhi on the threshold of the 8th BRICS Summit on 15-16 October, 2016 in Goa, India. The Meeting was preceded by the 13th meeting of the BRICS Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues (CGETI) which was held from 11-12 October, 2016. The Trade Ministers meeting made an assessment of the BRICS economic scenario in relation to areas of cooperation on trade and investment. The Ministers appreciated the work carried out by BRICS Members during 2016 and urged that this momentum be sustained.

Global Economic Development

  1. The global economic order in 2016 has been shaped by a number of key economic developments such as continued slowdown in global growth and depressed global demand, low commodity and oil prices; new shocks to the global economy, including BREXIT; volatility in the equity and currency markets; strains on the banking sector; political turmoil in some parts of the globe etc. Given this scenario, the Ministers noted that the October, 2016 World Economic Outlook Update of the International Monetary Fund projected the global economic growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017 at 3.1% and 3.4% respectively. The Ministers are of the view that the projected growth rates for 2017 in the Outlook for BRICS countries augurs well when compared with 2016.
  2. Ministers recognized the importance of preserving policy space to promote industrialization, industrial upgrading and value addition as a core pillar for structural transformation and sustainable development and BRICS countries integration into the global economy. They agreed to enhance cooperation in this regard.

The Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership

  1. The Ministers appreciated the progress in the realization of the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership. They directed the CGETI to put forth initiatives and proposals towards the implementation of the Trade and Investment section of the Strategy at the earliest. The Ministers agreed that close cooperation among the CGETI, the BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank is useful for implementing and bringing the BRICS Economic Cooperation to a new high quality level.

Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

  1. The Ministers recognised the importance of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to the balanced economic development of the BRICS countries. The Ministers acknowledge the role of MSMEs as the engines of export led growth and employment generation given the highest rate of employment per unit of investment in MSMEs; and their crucial role in addressing regional disparity and poverty alleviation. The MSME sector in many of the BRICS economies contribute directly or indirectly to nearly half of their exports, manufacturing output and GDP.
  2. The Ministers were cognisant of the impediments faced by MSMEs and the need for cooperation among the BRICS countries to effectively address the barriers to trade and investment amongst the MSMEs.
  3. With a view to ensuring greater business engagement amongst MSMEs in the BRICS region, the Ministers emphasised the importance of developing cooperation among MSMEs in the crucial areas of trade and investment. This cooperation can be in the form of exchange of information on the regulatory framework, rules, regulations and good regulatory practises governing MSMEs; interface among the major chambers of commerce and industry of the MSMEs; and participation of MSME stakeholders in BRICS economic events such as trade fairs, conferences, seminars etc.
  4. The Ministers welcome continued efforts to foster cooperation and facilitate exchange of experiences between BRICS countries on MSMEs. In this regard, They welcome the “BRICS Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Cooperation Framework” which encourages MSMEs in BRICS to strengthen mutually beneficial commercial relationship. The Framework sets the agenda of cooperation on SMEs by the BRICS countries. The Ministers look forward to constructive engagement on the elements of the cooperation framework by all BRICS Members in the future.

BRICS Business Council and economic cooperation

  1. BRICS Trade Ministers considered the continuing role of the BRICS Business Council (BBC) and emphasised the need for the Council to focus on the development and realization of joint projects which would on a mutually beneficial basis contribute to the economic development objectives of BRICS Members. To this end, Trade Ministers urged the BBC to speed up the development of the BRICS Roadmap for Trade, Economic and Investment Cooperation while identifying and implementing suitable projects. In addition, the Council is encouraged to advance key projects as presented by all Member countries. In order to coordinate and advance the BRICS agenda on economic issues, regular engagement by the BBC with BRICS Trade Ministers, as well as the Contact Group on Trade and Economic Issues (CGETI) was requested.

Non-tariff measures (NTM)

  1. The Ministers emphasized that the increase in NTMs constrain the participation of developing countries in global trade. The Ministers commended the CGETI for developing a working document on ‘BRICS Mechanism for NTM Resolution. The Ministers agreed in principle to the concepts in the Mechanism and urged the CGETI to advance this work including on the issue of scope.


  1. The Ministers endorsed the “Framework for Cooperation on Standardisation that was agreed to by the CGETI. The Ministers urged the CGETI to work on the elements of the Framework with a view to ensuring that the cooperation leads to a better understanding of each other standards. The Framework aims to promote a better understanding and an open dialogue among BRICS countries in this area.


  1. The Ministers recognised that the Services sector remains important and contributes to more than half of the GDP of many BRICS countries. Since the services sector is of interest for BRICS economies, it is important for the group to cooperate with the aim of promoting complementarities on services trade. The Ministers highlighted the importance of facilitating expansion of trade in services by addressing existing barriers. The Ministers endorsed the “Framework for Cooperation on Trade in Services”.

Trade Promotion

  1. The Ministers expressed their appreciation that India is holding the 1st BRICS Trade Fair from 12-14 October, 2016 in New Delhi. This Fair is an opportunity for stakeholders in the BRICS region to explore and expand business opportunities and networks. The theme of the Fair namely “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions” is apt in ensuring that the BRICS region as a whole benefits from such events. The focus areas and the showcasing of technologies are important in the context of ensuring a commercially meaningful participation in the Fair. The Ministers welcome the idea of CGETI discussing the possibility of holding BRICS Trade Fairs on a regular basis.
  2. The Ministers noted that the BRICS Trade Promotion Working Group would create a forum for the Trade Promotion Agencies in the BRICS region to interface towards the promotion of value added trade which would also support integration into global value chains. It is vital that these agencies co-ordinate in other trade and investment events so that the BRICS value added products and services can be showcased more effectively. The Ministers instructed the working group to effectively coordinate activities so as to ensure that the BRICS stakeholders can benefit from the participation in such events.

Single Window

  1. The Ministers noted that Article 10.4 of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation instructs that WTO Members shall endeavour to establish or maintain a single window. They also appreciated the work being carried out in the BRICS countries for development of national single windows. These would facilitate both exporters and importers who would then need a single point interface for all their clearances.
  2. The Ministers endorsed the “Framework for BRICS Single Window Cooperation” and underlined the importance of closer cooperation among the BRICS countries in the development of their national single windows. They emphasised the need for BRICS countries to operationalize the Framework based on the Guiding Principles, Objectives and Priorities for Cooperation.

IPR Cooperation

  1. The Ministers highlighted the importance of cooperation on intellectual property rights (IPR) towards the development of a BRICS perspective that will be informed by their national priorities. In this context, they appreciate the formation of and endorse the BRICS IPR Cooperation Mechanism (IPRCM). They also took note of the existing cooperation mechanism at the level of Heads of Intellectual Property Offices (HIPO). The Ministers urge both the HIPO and IPRCM to co-ordinate and avoid duplication of their work. They instruct the IPRCM to commence their work on the terms of reference decided upon and endeavor to advance cooperation in a more systematic and coordinated manner.


  1. The Ministers reiterated the importance of strengthening intra-BRICS cooperation on E-commerce and appreciated the progress achieved since the adoption of the Framework for BRICS E-commerce Cooperation in 2015. The Ministers have emphasized the need for cooperation to boost [e-commerce development in the BRICS countries, enhance capacity building and promote cooperation on infrastructure.
  2. The Ministers emphasized that the development potential of e-commerce is not fully realized and in this regard they directed the CGETI to implement all areas of the Framework and explore cooperation in areas of common interests. The Ministers took note of the proposal to conduct a joint study to promote areas of common interest in e-commerce and stressed the importance of enhancing the BRICS countries understanding on e-commerce.

BRICS cooperation in the WTO

  1. The Ministers reiterated the support for the multilateral trading system and the centrality of the WTO in providing a rules based, transparent, nondiscriminatory and inclusive global trading system. The Ministers emphasized the importance of implementing the decisions taken at the Bali and Nairobi Ministerial Conferences. They stressed the need to advance negotiations on the remaining DDA issues as a matter of priority. They called on all WTO members to work together with a sense of urgency and solidarity to ensure a strong development oriented outcome for MC 11 and beyond.

BRICS and the G-20

  1. The Ministers commended the work done by China in its current Presidency of the G20. They emphasized the importance of BRICS Members’ coordination in the G-20. They welcomed the outcomes of G20 Hangzhou Summit and emphasized the importance of continued efforts to implement those outcomes. They also underlined the importance of the G20 Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG) in addressing various issues confronting the G20 economies and the call for further collaboration under this framework.
  1. The BRICS countries, represented by the Ministers of Health of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, People's Republic of China and Republic of South Africa, met in New Delhi on 16 December 2016 at the Sixth BRICS Health Ministers Meeting.
  2. Recalled the previous BRICS Health Ministers declarations and joint communiquesr in which they committed to strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation to promote health. acknowledged the renewed commitment to health by the BRICS leaders as expressed in the Goa Declaration of October 2016, noted the progress made since the first BRICS Summit and resolved to continue cooperation in the sphere of health through the Technical Working Groups and the "BRICS Framework for Collaboration on Strategic Projects in Health".
  3. Welcomed the recommendations made in the BRICS workshop on drugs and medical devices in Goa, India in November 2016, including the need for concluding a Memorandum of Understanding on regulatory collaboration with a view to improving the regulatory standards, certification and systems for medical products.
  4. Agreed to constitute a working group, to work on strengthening regulatory systems, sharing of information, appropriate regulatory approaches in case of international and national health emergencies and provide recommendations for the promotion of research and development of innovative medical products (drugs, vaccines and medical technologies). Supported promoting existing IT platform and regulatory capacity building through an institutional development plan for BRICS countries.
  5. Noted that BRICS countries face challenges of communicable diseases including HIV and Tuberculosis and vector borne diseases including Malaria. Noted the efforts made b.v BRICS countries to achieve the 90-90-90 HIV treatment target by 202A and agreed to make efforts to enhance access to HIV diagnostics and treatment especially to key populations with increased risk of acquiring HIV and exchange experiences of community-based actions to fight HIV/AIDS. Underlined the imperative to advance cooperation and action on research on HIV, TB and Malaria in the BRICS countries, including in the development and production of quality-assured drugs, diagnostics and vaccines.
  6. Adopted the BRICS TB Cooperation Plan and supported the recommendations made by the BRICS workshop on HIV and Tuberculosis, held in Ahmedabad, India in November 2016, including the need for the suggested political, technical and financial actions to address the public health challenges of TB and HIV among BRICS countries. Agreed to the setting up of a BRICS network on TB Research and creation of a research and development consortium on TB, HIV and Malaria including the possibility of international fund raising. Also agreed to support the Global Ministerial Conference on the fight against TB to be held in Moscow in 2017 and the UN High-Level Meeting on TB at United Nations Headquarrers in 2018.
  7. Emphasi zed, the importance of continued cooperation among BRICS countries in promoting research and development of medicines and diagnostic tools to end epidemics including through promoting innovative and sustainable models for health R&D financing and coordination and to facilitate access to safe,, effective, quality and affordable medicines, including generic medicines, biological products, and diagnostics.
  8. Noted the current global threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)' agreed to make collaborative effbrts to achieve the target of reduction in premature mortality due to NCDs by one-third by the year 2030 as per SDG Target 3.4 and renewed commitment for an effective response to such threat, including through development of cost-effective diagnostics, medicines, technologies and behavioural change strategies required for management of key NCDs, sharing systems for monitoring, surveillance, evaluation and operational research in NCDs and their risk factors, and sharing training programs for various categories of health care personnel in identified areas for capacity building to diagnose and manage NCDs.
  9. Appreciated India for a successful organization of the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, in Novembet 2016. Renewed their commitment to the Convention, both as a public health treaty and as a Goal under Agenda 2A30 for Sustainable Development. particularly Goal 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. To promote better implementation of the Convention. they stressed the importance of continued research and study by WHO and other stakeholders into the social and economic determinants of tobacco use in all its forms and other products promoting tobacco use as well as the strategies for their control.
  10. Recognized that an effective health surveillance is key to controlling both communicable and noncommunicable diseases and eliminating immuno-preventable diseases such as measles, rubella and polio, and that the countries may be using diffbrent models fbr surveillance based on different realities and best practices. Welcomed the recommendations of the BRICS Workshop on "strengthening Health Surveillance: System and Best Practices" held at Bengaluru, lndia in August2016. Expressed commitment to strengthen cooperation in the mechanisms for planning, monitoring and evaluating disease prevention and control activities and capacity-building through surveillance workshops on epidemic prone diseases, NCDs, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus, mental health disorders, injury prevention, disaster management (including post disaster surveillance), Environmental Health and Occupational Health, as well as HIV/AIDS and TB.
  11.  Acknowledged that Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is a serious global public health issue and emphasized the need to implement the WHO's Global Action Plan on AMR and National Plans in this regard, addressing issues of'equity, affordability and sustainable access to existing and new antimicrobials, as well of mobilizing necessary technical and financial resources for implementation. Welcomed the recommendations from the High Level meeting on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) during LINGA-71, which addresses the serious challenge that AMR poses to public health. Agreed to cooperate through the AMR focal points, regulatory authorities and relevant cross sectors, with a view to share best practices and discuss challenges, as well as identifying potential areas for convergence, such as surveillance, strategies for rational use of antibiotics, address strategies to shortages of first line antibiotics and vaccines, infection prevention and control, strategies for preventing inappropriate use of antibiotics in agricultural sector based on scientific evidence. strengthening research collaboration across sectors and disciplines in the field of AMR as well as enhancing lab activities for quick testing of drug resistance for different pathogens.
  1. Noted the successful organization of BRICS Wellness Workshop by Government of India during l0-11 September,2016 at Bengaluru and fruitful discussions for cooperation in the area of Traditional medicines. Agreed to convene the BRICS High-level Forum on Traditional Medicine in China in2017.
  2. Acknowledged the value and importance of traditional and alternative systems of medicine as a means of achieving holistic healthcare, and the need of experience and knowledge-sharing for securing public health needs.
  3. Recognized that promoting access to medicines and vaccines, in particular essential medicines, that are affordable, safe, efficacious, and of quality, is imperative for the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. In this context, welcomed the report of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, to review and assess proposals and recommended solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law, trade rules and public health in the context of health technologies. while looking forward to discussions and tbllow-up of the Panel's report,, through WFIO and other relevant UN agencies and international organizations.
  4. Reiterated their resolve to promote access to medicines including through the full use of TRIPS flexibilities and to promote these in the bilateral and regional trade agreements in order to protect public health interest. Agreed to work cooperatively in international fora to protect their policy space against TRIPS plus provisions and other measures that impede access to medicines and share these experiences with other developing countries.
  5. Emphasized the importance of child survival and development through progressive reduction in the maternal mortality, infant mortality, neo-natal mortality, under-5 mortality and congenital disorders as well as their consequences for child development with the aim of achieving the unfinished agenda of the Millennium Development Goals and the relevant SDGs. Confirmed their commitment to a renewed effort in this area and to enhance collaboration through exchange of best practices.
  6. Acknowledged the need of greater use of Information and Communications Technology in Health services to promote cost-effective treatment as well as better maintenance and use of data for surveillance and policy formulation" They encouraged to strengthen cooperation amongst the BRICS countries to share experiences in ICT projects for health including mHealth.
  7. Welcomed the recent agreement in the the Working Definitions on SSFFC medical deleting the word 'counterfeit' as it usually consideration of patents/trade mark or other products. WHO Member State Mechanism in relation to products, in particular, to the consensus on refers to lP violations, and excluding any IP issues while defining 'falsified' medical products.
  8. Reiterated their support for the further development of a fully functional WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D and for the implementation and financing of all the selected demonstration projects. They also underscored that the priority setting mechanism and financing mechanism on health R&D should cover the full scope of diseases mentioned in the CEWG report including all Type II and III diseases and specific R&D needs of developing countries relating to Type I diseases, while upholding the guiding principle of the delinkage of the cost of research and development and the price of health products.
  9. Agreed to cooperate for combating mental disorders, including autism and neurodevelopment disorders, through a multi-pronged approach encompassing a mental health policy, a Iife cycle approach to address the needs of such individuals throughout life, sharing of innovations in the field of mental health promotion, diagnosis and management and exchange ofbest practices and experiences.
  10. Agreed to enhance cooperation amongst the BRICS countries for capacity development of human resources in public health and clinical medicine. Welcomed the recommendations of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, and looked forward to development of an implementation plan, to ampliff gains across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and with a view to delivering Universal Health Coverage.
  11. Agreed to establish platforms for collaboration within BRICS framework and with other countries and international partners with a view to realizing the goals and objectives outlined{n this as well as in the past Declarations and Joint Communiques.
  12. Adopted the action plans on specific areas of cooperation' as recommended by the Senior Health Officials meeting held on 15 December 2016 in New Delhi.
  13. Resolved to continue cooperation in building, responsive, inclusive and collective solutions for sustainable development including in the sphere of health.
  14.  " Thanked India for successfutly hosting the 6th BRICS Health Ministers meeting and agreed to convene the Health Ministers meeting and Meeting of Senior Health Officials in China in2017.