UNESCO-BRICS Cooperation

©UNESCO/Emilien Urbano - Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State of Human Resource Development, India; Mr Aloizio Mercadante, Minister of Education, Brazil; Mr Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education, China; Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Mr Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Education and Science, Russian Federation; Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training, South Africa; Mr Hao Ping, President of the General Conference of UNESCO

In recent years, the five major emerging economies known collectively as the BRICS – Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa – have dramatically transformed the world map of education, bringing millions into school, establishing centres of world-class learning, and driving innovation.   In November 2013, ministers of education from the BRICS met at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to discuss for the first time opportunities for cooperation in education. The conclusion of this landmark meeting was unanimous agreement that the BRICS and the international community at large stand to gain hugely from enhanced collaboration among the five countries.  

The Sixth BRICS Summit, held in Fortaleza, Brazil, in July 2014, brought this commitment to the next level, when BRICS leaders affirmed the strategic importance of education to sustainable development and inclusive growth and formally pledged to strengthen cooperation in this area.  

BRICS ministers of education have invited UNESCO to join them in this important new partnership. The Organization will provide support by analysing education trends and policies and acting as a hub for exchanging knowledge and good practice

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