2015 will be packed with official events related to Sustainable Development, which will define the foundations of the Post 2015 agenda. Not only the three official milestones: the Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development in July; the UN Summit on Sustainable Development in September in New York; and the XI UNFCCC Conference of the Parts, but also several preparatory meetings. Such a Herculean task will require undivided cooperation, and in this case, rising powers have an important role to play.
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS), among other rising powers, are being considered by some countries as two-faced players. If on one hand, they were criticized for obstructing negotiations and for not meeting up the expectations, on the other hand they might hold the key to breaking deadlocks and translating the needs of developing countries into the Post2015 Agenda framework.
The Rapid Response Brief “Understanding the Rising Powers’ Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals”, published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), sheds a light on the role of the BRICS in the current process. The Brief focuses on Brazil and China analyzing reasons, the challenges ahead related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and listing some recommendations.