The BRICS civil society Forum has started its work« Back
The work of the BRICS civil forum has started, reports brics-russia2020.ru. On the first day of the Forum, panel sessions "measures to combat COVID-19 and steps to ensure public access to testing and vaccination" and "Towards change: multilateral cooperation in education and science" were held.
They discussed topical issues of public institutions ' response to the negative consequences of the pandemic, as well as cooperation between the BRICS countries in the field of education and science, and the possibility of deepening social and humanitarian ties between them.
The forum is an ideal platform to build cooperation and launch joint initiatives, said the co-chair of Civil BRICS forum, managing Director, National Committee on BRICS research, scientific Director of the Expert Council on preparation and support of chairmanship of Russia in BRICS, the rector of far Eastern Federal University for international relations Victoria Panova.
Much depends on how seriously governments are willing to take and listen to their civil society. "We hope that we will see the results of our efforts in the final documents and subsequent actions of the officials of our five countries," she said. The theme of fighting the pandemic has been reflected on the agenda of each session of the Forum from different angles, and civil society is making every effort to help States overcome the crisis as soon as possible.
COVID-19 has moved us online in many, if not all, areas of life. Specialists around the world are forced to accept a new reality, develop information technologies and offer services in a new online format.
COVID-19 has had the greatest impact on the areas of medicine and IT. The pandemic has become a powerful incentive for the development of telemedicine, taking into account new needs, the medical infrastructure is rapidly developing, new applications, devices and even robots have appeared to solve new medical problems, mainly by contactless means.
"We can note both political and economic confrontation between some powers, attempts to blame each other instead of providing humanitarian assistance. This is an era of global leadership struggles and the weakening of international institutions.
In addition, high technologies will take an even more important place in the new "race", and we are confidently moving into the Fifth industrial revolution," Panova concluded.