BRICS Trade Union Forum kicks off in Beijing

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Beijing, July 24 (IANS) The sixth BRICS Trade Union Forum opened in Beijing on Monday to discuss the trade union role in sustainable development.

China was hosting for the first time the BRICS Trade Union Forum since it was established in 2012, Xinhua news agency reported.

The two-day meeting will focus on issues, including challenges and opportunities facing the labour world, helping achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and strengthening exchanges and cooperation among the group.

The forum will release a declaration, a joint statement towards the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, and other documents.

The forum is one of the supporting activities of the Ninth BRICS Summit to be held in the eastern Chinese port city of Xiamen in September.

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The five BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — are home to 42 per cent of the world’s population.

Their total share in the global economy has risen from 12 per cent to 23 per cent in the past decade, while contributing more than half of global growth.



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