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"Growth isn't the whole story, can't guarantee decent work, inclusion or equity," said ILO chief Ryder at the BRICS meet.
The last intact section of one of Antarctica's mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast, says NASA.
On Wednesday, university students burned tyres outside parliament in Cape Town and shouted at police on stand-by.
The US and China are among the largest markets for illegal wildlife trade.
China will host the men's basketball World Cup in 2019 for the first time.
Scientists have deduced this species buried its dead - a trait previously believed to be uniquely human.
The Russian city of Kazan is hosting the first BRICS Youth Summit from 4-7 July.
Governments in Russia, China and India have in recent years seen an uneasy relationship with civil society and advocacy groups.
The meet aims to increase cultural traffic between the cross-continental bloc.
Current FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced on Tuesday he would step down from the position this year.