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BRICS nations face similar concerns like air pollution, should come together to tackle it: Vardhan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said nations face similar concerns like and climate change and stressed on the need for them to come together to tackle through and requisite capacity building.

The also called for the judicious use of resources while advocating for bringing secondary resources (waste materials) into production and adopting a Circular Economy (CE) approach.

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"countries should together emphasise on cooperation in control through and requisite capacity building," he said.

Vardhan underlined that BRICS nations face similar environmental concerns such as waste management, resource crunch and climate change.

He urged the nations to commit to cooperation and collaboration on technology transfer, capacity building and knowledge transfer at the country, regional and global levels.

"BRICS countries can complement, facilitate access to and provide adequate information on existing science, technology and innovation platforms, avoiding duplications and enhancing synergies," he said while speaking at the 4th BRICS Ministerial Meeting in

The said would be pleased to contribute and provide further recommendations to the Working Group on the modalities of the Partnership for Urban Environmental Sustainability Initiative (PUESI).

Vardhan expressed confidence that the proposals on BRICS Environmentally Sound Technology (BEST) platform, clean river umbrella, circular economy, ocean economy, biodiversity and integrated would further strengthen the cooperation for sustainable development.

He said a decrease in global materials, or at least stabilisation at present levels, demand major reductions in metabolic rates in the region, especially

Vardhan pointed out that this could become possible only through Resource Efficiency (RE) not only throughout the material life cycle, but also at the post-consumption stage.

"Secondary resources (waste materials) need to be brought back into production, adopting a Circular Economy (CE) approach," he said while emphasising that Resource Efficiency (RE) and CE were key elements of sustainable development and impact resource efficiency and that was why there was a global commitment to achieve it.

Outlining the contours of the Green Good Deeds movement in India, Vardhan said, "We are asking people to alter their behaviour to Green Good behaviour to fulfil their green social responsibility".

He urged the BRICS countries to jointly help in the development of a social movement that could be emulated by the rest of the world.

Minister of Water and Affairs, South Africa, Bomo Edith Edna Molewa, for Environment, Energy, Science and of Foreign Affairs, Brazil, J Antonio Marcondes, DG, of the Russian Federation, Nuritdin Imanov, of Ecology and Environment, China, and of Environment were present on the occasion.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:05 IST