PRETORIA, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa is attending the 3rd Meeting of Ministers of Environment of the BRICS grouping comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa being held in Tianjin, China, on Thursday and Friday.

The Ministers of Environment are set to deliberate on the development of the environmental technology platform, particularly in relation to clean rivers, and the BRICS City Partnership for Environmental Sustainability Initiative (CPESI), which is proposed by China.

The Ministers will also deliberate on global environmental issues, including the entering into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and enhancing co-operation in the field of biodiversity for the implementation of the objectives of the conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of benefits, in line with the Convention of Biological Diversity, the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement here Wednesday.

The BRICS City Partnership Initiative, which is scheduled for adoption, identifies water, air, solid waste management and green finance in cities as the priority areas for development to encourage co-operation between BRICS member States to realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11, which calls for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The statement quotes Molewa as saying that the rolling out of the UN's Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly for developing countries, has to emphasise the importance of the means of implementation, including financial assistance through continued Official Development Assistance (ODA) for developing countries.

It is important that developed countries honour their historic obligations and responsibilities, as part of the commitments made in the context of the global partnership for development, which itself also needs to be expanded and strengthened. We must work together in mobilising sufficient, adequate and predictable financial resources for the implementation of these programmes, particularly in Africa and other developing countries, Molewa said. �