BRICS Youth Summit
BRICS should in fact, be driven by 'People to People' contact. Our Youth in particular must take a lead in this. BRICS should explore developing innovative mechanisms of Youth engagement.-Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
Role of youth in fostering intra-BRICS bonds has been recognized by BRICS Leaders during the past BRICS Summits. Youthful demographic profile of most BRICS countries combined with their economic-vibrancy has been an asset in consolidating exchanges between BRICS countries.
BRICS Youth Summit is a youth-led event bringing young leaders from the five BRICS countries to discuss and promote cultural and educational cooperation amongst BRICS youth. So far, six Youth Summits have been held.
The 1st BRICS Youth Summit was organised by Russia in 2015, wherein the youth participants from BRICS countries had a discussion on issues of common interest.
The 2nd BRICS Youth Summit was organised at Guwahati (India) from 1st to 3rd July, 2016 under the theme “Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”, which covered thematic areas like Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Social Inclusion, Youth Volunteerism and Youth Participation in Governance.
The 6th BRICS Youth Summit under the theme “BRICS: Challenges of the Time for young people” was held in hybrid (both online and offline) format in 2020. Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports attended the 6th BRICS Youth Summit (virtually) wherein he stressed on the importance of the contribution of youth across the globe in fighting the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.