COLLOQUIUM "DEVELOPMENT AND INEQUALITY: THE ROLE OF INNOVATION SYSTEMS IN THE BRICS
Rasigan Maharajh and Luis Manoel Fernandes led a colloquium last Monday to discuss relations between the National Innovation Systems, social inequality and development in the BRICS countries. The main point raised by the speakers was the recognition that these processes co-evolve: while innovation reflects and reinforces inequalities, it can also act to reduce them. Read more
South-South Cooperation - SSC
THE SSC PROJECT ORGANIZED THE SEMINAR "GLOBAL HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE EBOLA CRISIS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA"
On November 27, 2014, BRICS Policy Center, through SSC Project, in partnership with the Rio+ Center and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), held the seminar "Global Health and Sustainability: the Ebola Crisis and the International Agenda for Sustainable Development". The event addressed two of the main issues in the current agenda for international development policy: the Ebola virus epidemic, which has been raging in West Africa, and the UN debate on the content of the Sustainable Development Goals in the new post-2015 development agenda. Read more
BPC RECEIVES STUDENTS FROM ST. GALLEN UNIVERSITY
On November 27, the BRICS Policy Center received a group of 22 European students from St. Gallen University’s MBA program in Switzerland. The visit, a component of their trip for the course “Doing Business in Latin America”, aimed to incorporate a non-European perspective on the BRICS group, its initiatives and consequences. Read more
The Brazilian Elections of 2014:
Twists of Fate and Outcomes
President Dilma Rousseff – candidate for the Worker’s Party (PT) – was reelected in a surprising electoral contest. Early forecasts of another bipolar dispute between PT and the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) were countered by the sudden death of candidate Eduardo Campos (from the Brazilian Socialist Party, PSB) during the early stages of electoral propaganda. (Available only in Portuguese) Click here to access
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS: The roles of China and Russia (and Índia)
Since its inception as the Shanghai Five group in 1996, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SGO) performed a number of tasks for its members – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan (and also India, Iran and Pakistan as observers). Originally a regional forum to discuss the demilitarization of borders, it has broadened (in tandem with the increasing relevance of some of its members, the BRICS) to promote cooperation in several issue areas – non-military issues, such as energy, finance, and commerce, consolidate its relevance for regional and global patterns of power.
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THIS WEEK IN BRICS
This week in The BRICS is a weekly publication that brings together a set of news about events and important developments that took place within each BRICS country in the course of the week, providing references for deepening the reader in the various topics mentioned. Click the links below to access documents in PDF format.
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DEBATE “BRAZIL, BRICS AND INSTITUTION BUILDING: VISIONS AND PERSPECTIVES” AT UNESP
On November 26, 2014, Professor Carlos Frederico Pereira da Silva Gama, Country Desk Coordinator, represented BRICS Policy Center in the debate, “Brazil, BRICS and institution building: visions and perspectives”. The Prospective Scenarios Elaboration Group from São Paulo State University's (UNESP) College of Social Sciences and Humanities in Franca, São Paulo carried out the debate. Read more
COLLOQUIUM PRESENTATION "LAYERS OF VIOLENCE: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POLICING BETWEEN RIO DE JANEIRO AND RECIFE"
The fellow, Marta-Laura Suska, PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is currently producing research at BRICS Policy Center within the BRICS-Urbe project, presented the colloquium, "Layers of Violence: A comparative study of policing between Rio de Janeiro and Recife" on November 18, 2014. Read more
STUDENTS FROM UNIRITTER UNIVERSITY VISIT BPC
On November 10, 2014, BRICS Policy Center received a group of 46 undergraduate students from the International Relations Department at UniRitter University in Porto Alegre. The students participated in an exhibition on academic production and research groups from BRICS Policy Center, as well as a lecture on the BRICS countries. Professor Sérgio Veloso, BRICS-Urbe researcher, hosted the students. Read more
BRICS POLICY CENTER RECEIVED REPRESENTATIVES FROM UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
BRICS Policy Center, through BRICS-Urbe, and the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, through the International Relations Department, received representatives from the Southern Cities Research Centre of the University of Melbourne, Australia on November 25, 2014. Their objective was to discuss a possible partnership for joint research, student exchange, and exchange of knowledge on urban development processes and strategies.
Global South Unit for Mediation - GSUM
GSUM AND NUPRI/USP HOST WORKSHOP ON THE VENEZUELAN MEDIATION PROCESS WITH PROF. DR. JOSÉ BRICEÑO RUIZ, FROM UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES (VENEZUELA)
On October 24th, 2014, the Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) hosted the workshop Mediation Process in Venezuela: Challenges and Perspectives, which gathered scholars from different universities and institutions in order to debate the space for mediation efforts in the Venezuelan crisis. The event, co-organized by the International Relations Research Centre of the University of São Paulo (NUPRI/USP), had Prof. Dr. José Briceño Ruiz, from Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela, and Prof. Dr. Rafael Villa, from the University of São Paulo, as main lecturers.
GSUM EXHIBITS DOCUMENTARY AND HOSTS DEBATE OVER THE PEACE PROCESS IN COLOMBIA
On November 13th, 2014, the Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) hosted the screening of the documentary Insurgence for Peace and a debate over the peace process in Colombia with the presence of the director, Guillermo Planel, and of Colombian journalist and EFE Agency correspondent Carlos A. Moreno. The film, which is part of a series of documentaries dedicated to human rights in Latin America, captures the points of view of thirteen FARC negotiators over topics such as the agrarian question, the impossibility of military victory by the FARC and its transition into the political arena, the everyday life at the camps and the role of women in the conflict. Read more
Other activities and participations of BPC
COLLOQUIUM “BRICS ENTERPRISES IN THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT”.
On October 2, 2014 Professor Daniel Maurício de Aragão from the Federal University of Bahia, held a seminar on, “BRICS Enterprises in the UN Global Compact”. First, he explained the analytical assumptions of the study, which refer to the findings in his doctoral thesis on how companies use the corporate social responsibility initiative of the UN Global Compact, which is fairly flexible in its voluntary membership and self-monitoring approach, as a tool to legitimize the globalization of capital by focusing on the companies as key actors in the social agenda from development to human rights. Such an approach strengthens the public-private relations at the local, national, and global levels and also diminishes possible alternatives to mandatory standards for the companies on human rights. Read more
SEMINAR "The BRICS in the spotlight: An interdisciplinary approach",
The BRICS Parma Observatory and the University of Parma, Italy, hosted the conference, “BRICS in the spotlight: An interdisciplinary approach”, which aims to encourage a systematic and interdisciplinary debate on the current importance of the BRICS countries, considering the socio-political, economic and geopolitical agenda of contemporary debates. Read more
SEMINAR AND SUMMER SCHOOL OF PRIMO, ORGANIZED BY THE German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Germany.
Participation of Prof. Esteves, who presented the themes and lessons: "The BRICS effect: approaches to global governance regional" and "The BRICS effect and South - South Cooperation" during the event.