The two day meeting was inaugurated by the Indian upper parliamentary house or the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje delivered the valedictory.
The meeting saw the participation of 5 women parliamentarians from Brazil, 3 from Russia, 28 from India, 2 from China and 4 from South Africa. A total of 43 delegates from member countries participated in the meeting.
There were plenary sessions on the themes of ‘Achieving SDGs- Role of Women Parliamentarians in involving Citizens’ and ‘Containing Climate Change – Imperatives of Global Cooperation’. Parliamentarians expressed concern over the climate change on ecological systems, biodiversity and as well as food security (i.e. food production).
Brazilian MP Dorinha Seabra Rezende, who co-chaired the session, said the role of women parliamentarians can be crucial on the issue of climate change. She said challenges like flood, drought and others are emerging out of the climate change and coordinated efforts are immensely needed at the global level. Russian, South African and Chinese delegates also expressed their views during several discourses on both issues. In the end, a 19-point declaration was adopted at the two-day meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum. The delegates of these countries also took a tour of the Jaipur city and visit the popular tourist destinations such as the Albert Hall and Amber Palace.
BRICS is the grouping of 5 counties - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, representing 3 billion people, which is approximately 40% of the global population and accounts for approximately $20 trillion of world GDP, growing at around 28% growth rate.