BRICS Club and the United Nations sustainable development goals

Ступенькова З.Е., Kashuro I.A.


The article is devoted to the analysis of the development policy of the BRICS countries in the context of sustainable development. Its purpose is to draw attention to the strategy of the BRICS countries to jointly achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The study was conducted on the basis of applying a systematic approach and studying the statutory documents and international analytical materials on the development of the BRICS countries. As a result of the study, it was noted that, with different levels of development and speed of achieving the UN SDGs, the BRICS countries have the greatest problems in the field of biodiversity conservation (SDGs 14, 15) and in the social sphere (SDGs 3, 10, 16). Despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has somewhat suspended the achievement of the SDGs, Russia is currently the leader in terms of indicators among the BRICS countries, and carbon neutrality is a priority for all these countries. It was also found that the interaction of the BRICS member countries in achieving the UN SDGs is based on the adopted BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy until 2025. Moreover, competitions of projects by member countries concerning the UN SDGs and South-South cooperation developing between the BRICS countries are seen as promising areas. At the end of the article, recommendations are given to accelerate the achievement of the UN SDGs by the BRICS countries. They concern the inclusion of the SDGs in government budgets to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, as well as annual awards for ideas regarding sustainable development, along with the development of the legal and regulatory environment in the information field. The implementation of the results of this study into practice should allow the BRICS countries to strengthen internal cooperation in order to achieve the UN SDGs.


BRICS; Agenda 2030; South-South Cooperation; Sustainable Development Goals; SDGs.

DOI: 10.31249/rsm/2023.03.13

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