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Fifth BRICS Minister of Environment Meeting held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is preceded by the 2-day meeting of BRICS Joint Working Group on Environment. The Indian delegation led by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar.
Prakash Javadekar stated that India achieved its Nationally Determined Contributions(NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, reduction of energy intensity by 25 %, increment of forest cover by nearly 15,000 sq km , Swachh Bharat Mission initiative, Waste Management Rules.
The initiatives of BRICS countries and reaffirmed India’s support to BRICS cooperation.
The BRICS Ministers delegations to join at 14th CoP (Conference of Parties ) scheduled to be held from 2 – 13 September 2019 and contribute to the efforts to combat desertification and land degradation.
India free of single-use plastic campaign . The massive campaign that will be launched to make India free of single-use plastic.The Ministers of BRICS countries underlined the” Partnership on Urban Environmental Sustainability Initiative (PUESI)”. This is used to share knowledge & experience on major issues such as waste management, cogeneration, reverse logistics, sanitation, urban air quality, urban green areas.
BRICS Environmentally Sound Technology (BEST) Cooperation Platform was highlighted for innovations, knowledge sharing and capacity building
It was adopted for improvement of the river ecosystem and tackling marine waste.
The Ministers agreed to support the development of Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework & they urged developed countries to meet their commitment under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and its Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement to provide means of implementation of climate finance, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support.
Brazil was led by Mr. Ricardo Salles, Minister of Environment. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Dmitry Kobylkin led the Russian delegation, while the Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Huang Runqiu, Vice-Minister of Ecology and Environment and the South African delegation was led by Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms. Barbara Creecy.
Currency: Brazilian real
President: Jair Bolsonaro
August 11, 2019
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) organized the fourth edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards at New Delhi, India. The Ministry has also instituted in a bid to recognize and encourage outstanding Indian Entrepreneurs and catalyse a cultural shift in youth for entrepreneurship for nominations.
The fourth National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) 2019 aims to honour outstanding young first generation entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders for their exceptional contribution in entrepreneurship development.
The Government will also reward the most innovative, inspiring and accomplished micro entrepreneurs to scale up their business.
The awards recognizes the businesses and businessmen to improve their marketability, and address discontinuity towards better business systems and enhanced products & services with the help of a prize money. The awards ceremony will be held in November 2019.
August 6, 2019
The Second All India Annual Conference of Indian Information Service (IIS) Officers was held at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi on 5 August. The Conference was organized by the the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The Ministry of I&B conducted a performance review of the Media units during the Conference.
The conference aimed to attain greater integration of all Media Units in order to further amplify government communication. The conference highlighted the importance of feedback along with communicating the programmes and policies of government.
The sessions focused discussions on:
♦ Adoption of Integrated and Theme Based Communication Approach
♦ Expansion of Social Media regionally and use of Integrated Dashboard
♦ Adoption of Government Communication Impact Assessment Framework
♦ Roadmap for celebration of 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak
♦ 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
♦ 75 Years of India's Independence
♦ International Film Festival of India's (IFFI) Golden Jubilee Edition
The discussion also included the importance to shift government communication from segregated Ministry-wise approach to a thematic and holistic approach.
Delegates including Senior IIS Officers from all across the country, along with officials of the Ministry of I&B, Prasar Bharati and Indian Institute of Mass Communication participated in the Conference.
July 31, 2019
The Centre is to organize the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance 2019 on 8-9th August, 2019 at Shillong, Meghalaya. For the first time ever, the event is being organized in North-Eastern region of the country. The Conference will be co-ordinated by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India and the State Government of Meghalaya.
The national conference aims to spread the knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives. The conference will focus on various initiatives which includes end-to-end Digital Services, exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.
The Theme of the 22nd National e-Governance Conference is “Digital India: Success to Excellence”. Under the theme, the discussion will focus on:
♦ India Enterprise Architecture (INDEA)
♦ Digital Infrastructure
♦ One Nation – One Platform
♦ Emerging Technology for Practitioners
♦ Secretariat Reforms
♦ National e-Governance Service Delivery Assessment (NeSDA)
Participants: Over 450 delegates are expected to attend the Conference. Delegated from 28 States and 8 Union Territories have confirmed their presence in the conference.
An Exhibition will also be organized during the event to showcase India’s achievements in the field of e-Governance, along with a Hall of Fame/ photo exhibition on the award winners.
July 30, 2019
India-Nepal Logistics Summit 2019 was held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The summit was inaugurated by Nepal Prime minister KP.Sharma Oli. The theme of the Logistics Summit 2019 was 'Transforming Logistics Landscape'.
In this summit all trade community and government representatives from both Nepal and India represented the whole summit function. N.Sivasailam, Special Secretary (Logistics), Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, CMD V. Kalyana Rama, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), Bhawani Rana, Preident of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) President participated in the summit.
The summit focused on discussing the transport delays of import cargo from Kolkata Port to Kathmandu, delays in rail transport and additional costs in handling cargo.
They also discussed on need for reducing transit time between Nepal and Indian ports and the need to develop better warehousing facilities in Nepal. It also included issues related to tariffs charged by logistics service providers and the need for automation of customs and border clearance.
India-Nepal trade logistics:
The smart logistics makes the trade and transit arrangements easy, hassle-free and cost effective. India and Nepal have taken many initiatives on crucial components of road, rail, inland waterways and air connectivity. Both the countries have an investment, tourism and people to-people movement, a significant volume of trade,for which smooth and quality logistics. In the summit India committed to provide all necessary support to Nepal.
July 23, 2019
Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 13th edition of the annual Global Healthcare Summit(GHS).The function is organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). The lighting of the traditional lamp and delivering the keynote address at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad. The GHS is being organized by AAPI in collaboration with the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin(BAPIO) and the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin(GAPIO).The American Association of Physicians of Indian origin as a professional association for Indian American physicians
During the Summit a medical quiz competition for medical students for the winners will be given ₹5lakh, ₹3lakh, and ₹1lakh as first, second and third prizes respectively.It is headquartered at Chicago.
The health care summit is mainly based on Innovation and Technology. The summit aims to bring together experts from Healthcare, Technology, Government, Academics and Industry to discuss, brainstorm and share the advancements and opportunities in the Modern Healthcare.
The theme for Healthcare Summit-2019 is 'Opportunities in Modern Healthcare for Young minds and Businesses'.
The event is powered by InfocusRx and marketed by ZeebraCross.
The main objective is to empower young minds with the right skills, knowledge, and attitude to bring the culture of innovation and build a usable solution in the space of health and wellness.
July 15, 2019
First Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019, hosted by the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada, was held on July 10-11, 2019 in London, UK.
It is co-hosted by Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary.
The conference is structured around 4 themes
The four themes are protection and prosecution, including impunity, national frameworks and legislation, building trust in media and countering disinformation and media sustainability.
Indian delegation led by Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash.
The UK government committed 18 million pounds .
Their main aim is to improve media freedom across the world.
They announced the creation of a new Global Media Defence Fund.
The new Global Media Defence Fund, administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will support, train and provide legal support to journalists in the most dangerous parts of the world.
The UK will provide 3 million pounds and Canada will provide Canadian Dollar 1 million contribution to the new fund.
From the UK’s Department for International Development Fund, a 15 million pounds Protecting Media Freedom programme will help to tackle the root causes of the global crisis in independent media.
♦ Capital: London
♦ Currency: Pound sterling
♦ Capital: Ottawa
♦ Currency: Canadian dollar
July 13, 2019
India and the European Union (EU) held the fifth high-level dialogue on migration and mobility (HLDMM)
They discussed steps aimed at realizing the full potential of further strengthening cooperation in the key areas.
Sanjiv Arora, Secretary (Consular, Passport and Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs) and Paraskevi MICHOU, Director General (Migration and Home Affairs), European Commission put out by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
The two delegations led by the co-chairs, the dialogue attended by heads of mission
The other representatives of the diplomatic missions of EU Member States in New Delhi.
The discussions at the 5th India-EU HLDM were held in a highly friendly and constructive spirit encompassed a wide range of issues of mutual interest in the context of migration and mobility along the India-EU corridor.
Both sides reaffirmed that migration and mobility are an important dimension of the strategic partnership between India and the EU
The co-chairs of the 5th HLDM addressed the opening session of an India-EU Seminar on 'Sharing of Good Practices on Migration Governance' held in New Delhi.
The programme held under the Technical Support Project for undertaking collaborative activities in the framework of the Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) between India and the EU and its member states, signed on March 29, 2016.
About European Union
European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe.
It has an area of 4,475,757 km2 (1,728,099 sq mi)
It is an estimated population of about 513 million.
The EU developed an internal single market through a standardized system of laws All member states.
July 12, 2019
The second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue (IRSED) 2019 held
The function was held in New Delhi.
Aim: The bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The various fields was chaired by Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of India’s think tank, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, and Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Timur Maksimov.
The main areas of cooperation include
Development of transport infrastructure and technologies
Development of agriculture and agro-Processing sector
Small and Medium business support
Digital Transformation and Frontier Technologies
Cooperation in Trade, Banking, Finance, and Industry
Tourism & Connectivity
The 2nd dialogue saw participation of government officials, business leaders and experts
They included parallel roundtables which discussed areas of cooperation and concrete roadmaps for future negotiations across outlined six-core areas.
History - 1st Meet
The 1st IRSED held in St. Petersburg between November 25-26, 2018.
It was formed after the MoU (memorandum of understanding) signed between the two countries.
It is done during the 19th edition of Annual India-Russia Bilateral Summit
It is held on October 5, 2018, in New Delhi.
♦ Capital: Moscow
♦ Currency: Russian Ruble
♦ President: Vladimir Putin
♦ Prime Minister: Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev
July 6, 2019
The First ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) is going to be held at PragatiMaidan, New Delhi from 11th till 13th October, 2019. The fair will focus on textiles, Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), Health and hospitality, Trade and Marketing and Credit Services and Finance.
IICTF is jointly organised by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), Network for the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives (NEDAC), Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).
The 3-day Trade Fair is aimed at promoting cooperative trade within India and abroad which will lead to enhanced rural and farm prosperity.
The Trade Fair will provide an immense opportunity to the participants to collaborate and explore business opportunities with the Cooperative Organisations from India and abroad.
The fair has been scheduled with conferences, exhibitions, B2B (business to business) meetings, C2C (consumer-to-consumer) meetings, sales promotion, marketing and products display business, networking, policy advocacy etc.
IICTF is supported by Department Of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare - Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Economic Diplomacy & States Division-Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Commerce-Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The Cooperative sector plays a major role in doubling agriculture exports from present $30 billion to $60 billion by 2022 as envisaged in the Agriculture Export Policy. Recently, National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has set up a Cooperative Sector Exports Promotion Forum. An estimated 94% of the Indian farmers are members of at least one cooperative institution.
IICTF will be a major platform to promote exports by cooperatives with direct benefits to their members who are mainly farmers, artisans, women, SC /ST etc.
Promotion of exports of specific promotional initiatives including the involvement of stakeholder entities be a definite boost for Doubling the Farmers Income and achieving the goals set under the Agri-Exports Policy 2018.
July 1, 2019
Telangana is hosting the triennial International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress in Hyderabad. ISTA congress is being held for the first time in Asia. The Congress is being held from 26 June to 3 July 2019.
ISTA Congress meet:
Congress will have the main event for three days and technical committee meetings/sessions over the next 5 days. The Congress will have a symposium on seed technology and quality in a changing world. It would discuss recent developments in seed research and in technology related to seeds.
Workshop: The workshops would focus on varietal identification, seed sampling, Purity, germination and moisture. The latter workshop will held from July 5 to 12.
400 experts, policymakers, scientists, researchers and members of seed industry from more than 80 countries including the UK, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and Austria, will deliberate on seed policies, production and quality aspects.
Telangana is major hub of seed production as it meets about 60% of the country's needs in major crops like rice, soybean, sorghum, maize, pearl millet and cotton.
Telangana, over 400 seed companies are operating with 413 seed processing and 13 seed testing units and about 2.5 lakh farmers in 1,500 villages are engaged in seed production in 3 lakh acres and produce about 65,000 tonnes seed of various crops.
ISTA was formed in 1924 during the 4th International Seed Testing Congress held in Cambridge United Kingdom.
June 30, 2019
The Group of 20 (G20) nations summit concluded in Osaka, Japan. The summit was held on 28-29 June 2019. The primary aim of the summit is to promote international financial stability. The ongoing trade war between China and the United States topped the agenda.
The G20 is an international leaders' forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union. The grouping represents more than 80% of the world's economic output and two-thirds of its people.
The main themes of the summit were global economy, Trade and investment, Innovation, Environment and energy, Employment, Women's empowerment, Development, Health.
The G20 countries are Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Canada, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Turkey, USA, Republic of South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UK and European Union.
G20 Summit Declaration:
The summit addressed the complex and pressing global issues and challenges, including climate change, resource efficiency, air, land, freshwater and marine pollution, including marine plastic litter, biodiversity loss, sustainable consumption and production, urban environmental quality and other environmental issues. The discussion aimed to promote and lead energy transitions, with the best available science, while promoting sustainable growth.
19 members of the G20, except US, pledge full commitment to the "full implementation" of the Paris climate deal, agreeing to look into a wide range of clean technologies and approaches.
The G20 leaders reiterated that measures to address marine litter, especially marine plastic litter and microplastics, need to be taken nationally and internationally by all countries in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
Innovation: Digitalization, Data Free Flow with Trust:
The countries agreed to work toward achieving an inclusive, sustainable, safe, trustworthy and innovative society through digitalization and promoting the application of emerging technologies. It aims to promote international policy discussions to harness the full potential of data.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The Summit discussed the implementation of G20 commitments to women's labour participation. It aimed to enhanced support for girl's and women's education including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It also highlighted the engagement with women business leaders and entrepreneurs.
The countries planned to strengthen the global financial safety net with a strong, quotabased, and adequately resourced International Monetary Fund (IMF) at its center. They committed consistent implementation of the agreed financial reforms to support sustainable growth.
Trade and Investment:
The G20 countries promised to strive to realize a free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trade and investment environment, and to keep their markets open and reaffirmed their support for the necessary reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to improve its functions.
The countries committed to play a leading role in the global efforts to prevent and fight against corruption. It also aims to promote integrity, by implementing the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2019-2021 while strengthening synergies among related international instruments and mechanisms.
The Countries discussed to strengthen health systems with a focus on quality including through enhancing health workforce and human resources for policy development and promoting public and private sector innovation, such as cost-effective and appropriate digital and other innovative technologies.
Global Environmental Issues and Challenges:
The summit noticed the work of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sources (IPBES). It also recognized the urgent need for addressing complex and pressing global
issues and challenges, including climate change, resource efficiency, air, land, fresh water and marine pollution and other environmental issues, and for promoting and leading energy transitions, with the best available science, while promoting sustainable growth.
The Osaka Summit acknowledged the importance of energy transitions that realize the “3E+S” (Energy Security, Economic efficiency, and Environment + Safety) in order to transform our energy systems into affordable, reliable, sustainable and low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions systems as soon as possible, recognizing that there are different possible national paths to achieve the goal.
Global business environment:
As the International trade and investment are important engines of growth, productivity, innovation, job creation and development, the participating countries reaffirmed their support for the necessary reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to improve its functions.
They also reassured the commitment to further strengthening the global financial safety net with a strong, quota-based, and adequately resourced International Monetary Fund (IMF) at its center. They committed consistent implementation of the agreed financial reforms to support sustainable growth.
US and Trade Highlights:
♦ The United States reiterates its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it disadvantages American workers and taxpayers.
♦ US withdrew the imposed sanctions on Turkey for buying Russian-made S-400 missiles.
♦ US withdrew its ban on US companies selling high-tech components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. China will also be buying more US farm goods. US won't raise tariffs on Chinese goods for now. China and the US have agreed to restart trade talks and will have discussions on specific issues.
June 18, 2019
The 2nd Meeting of India-Italy Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism was held in New Delhi, India on 17 June 2019.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter Terrorism), Ministry of External Affairs and Diego Brasioli, Principal Director for Security, Disarmament and non- Proliferation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy.
The next meeting of the Joint Working Group will be held in Italy.
The joint working group discussed threats posed by terrorist entities globally and in their respective regions including cross border terrorism.
The discussion included:
♦ Views on current counterterrorism challenges including countering radicalization, terror financing and misuse of internet for terrorist purposes
♦ threats arising from transnational crimes and money laundering
♦ deliberated upon measures to deepen bilateral cooperation for countering terrorism and transnational crimes through regular exchange of information, mutual capacity building efforts, sharing of best practices and mutual legal assistance
♦ the Cooperation in multilateral fora
June 15, 2019
The 16th Asia Media Summit was concluded on 13 June in Cambodia. The summit called for regulation-making to fight against fake news and cyber-crimes.The theme of the summit was Media Digitalisation - Focusing on Developing Markets.
16th Asia Media Summit:
The summit was organised by Cambodian Ministry of Information and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
Participants: Around 600 media representatives from 42 countries and regions participated in the two-day summit.
The summit focused on the spread of disinformation or fake news and its impact on governments, media, private sector and society. The discussions included the concerns caused by digital media, which requires relevant authorities to make regulations to anti-cybercrimes, fake news, and training people to raise awareness and enhance media profession.
The summit encouraged the broadcasters and other media stakeholders to counter fake news by strengthening law enforcement, ethics and professionalism.
Angkor Fake News Initiative:
During the summit Angkor Fake News Initiative was launched. It is year-long research project to find out appropriate measures to counter fake news. It was urged that fake news and cyber-crimes pose severe risks to individual's right and security in the region as well as in the globe.
Asia Media Summit:
Asia Media Summit was established in 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The summit was held subsequently in Malaysia until 2008.
The sixth round of the meeting was moved to Macau of China in 2009. It was then held in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, India and Cambodia in the following years.
It provides opportunity for media practitioners, industry leaders, broadcasters, researchers, academia, experts and media policy makers to meet and discuss the developing media’s quality and high technological revolution.
June 10, 2019
In the G20 Summit, the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the Group of 20 economies issued a joint statement on trade and the digital economy. The meeting was held in Tsukuba, Japan on 8 and 9 June 2019.
The G20 Summit was focused on the ways to promote trade and cooperation among the G20 countries in order to harness the potential of the digital economy.
New tax rules:
The Finance Ministers discussed new tax rules on global IT giants as well as the impact of aging populations on the economy as the corporate sector make huge profits through cross-border data transfers.
Global growth is being stable and is expected to pick up moderately by late 2019 and into 2020. However, growth remains low and risks remain tilted to the downside as trade and geopolitical tensions have been intensified.
The Ministers confirmed their commitment to refraining from competitive currency devaluations in order to gain an unfair trade advantage.
They also agreed on guiding principles for using artificial intelligence which is created on the 36-member OECD and an additional six countries. They also planned to highlight divisions over trade issues such as reform of the World Trade Organization.
June 10, 2019
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA).
The MoU will ensure that both the MCA and the SEBI have seamless linkage for regulatory purposes and in addition to regular exchange of data. It also aims to facilitate the continous sharing of data and information for carrying out scrutiny, inspection, investigation, and prosecution.
The MoU will facilitate the sharing of data and information between SEBI and the MCA on an automatic and regular basis. It will also enable sharing of specific information such as details of suspended companies, delisted firms, shareholding pattern from the SEBI and financial statements filed with the Registrar by corporates, returns of allotment of shares and audit reports relating to corporates.
The MCA has the database of all registered firms whereas the SEBI only regulates listed entities that may have unlisted subsidiaries. The MCA alone has access to all the data of such unlisted entities.
The data exchange status will be reviewed and analyzed by a Data Exchange Steering Group which will meet and review periodically.
The move comes after the view to increase the need for surveillance in the context of corporate frauds which affects important sectors of the economy. It is a known fact that the private sector plays an increasingly vital role in economic growth, the need for a robust corporate governance mechanism becomes the need of the hour.
Already there exists a protocol of sharing of data between SEBI and MCA, in many cases, the regulator has also sent its orders against various entities to the MCA for further action.
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):
Formed: April 12, 1988
Acquired Statutory Status on: January 30, 1992
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman: Ajay Tyagi
Executive Director: Anand Rajeshwar Baiwar
SEBI is the regulator for the securities market in India
June 6, 2019
The 2nd Global Disability Summit being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 'Disability Summit, Argentina 2019', the three-day summit will be held from 6 June to 8 June 2019. India will be represented by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot.
The Global Disability Summit is organized by International Alliance Disability (IDA), an umbrella organization focused on improving awareness and rights for individuals with disabilities around the globe which was established in 1999, and Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS).
The summit will be focusing on deliberating issues across the world concerning empowerment and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The summit will also include a discussion to work out a mechanism for enabling them to live an independent and dignified life.
The Summit brings together governments, international organizations, organizations of people with disabilities, civil society organizations, international cooperation agencies, academia, and the private sector, with the hope of achieving real change for people with disabilities.
1st Global Disability Summit:
The 1st Global Disability Summit was held in London on 23-24 July 2018. The summit was hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), along with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Government of Kenya.
Aim: The 1st summit was in line with the principle of ‘nothing about us, without us’. 40 countries participated in the summit.
All countries that participated in the summit signed the Charter for Change, the principal legacy document of the Global Disability Summit and committed to working in direction of economic empowerment of the persons with disabilities.
June 4, 2019
The 14th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia was hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The official agenda of the meeting was to address current issues in the Muslim world and recent developments in a number of OIC member states. Also, amid soaring tension between Iran and the US and its Gulf allies the OIC summit discussed the regional security issues. The Mecca summit supported Palestinians and backed Saudis in Iran standoff.
OIC holds an Islamic Summit once every three years at which heads of state discuss ways to achieve OIC's charter's objectives and make policy decisions that concern its member states. OIC has permanent delegations to the UN and the European Union (EU)
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC):
Headquarters: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Membership: 57 member states
Secretary-General: Yousef Al-Othaimeen
Official languages: Arabic, English, French
It works to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.
May 29, 2019
To create a new chapter in India-China cooperation in the new era of digital transition, 2019 Sino-India IT and DT Industry Cooperation Forum was held on 27th May in Guiyang, China.
The objective was to create a new chapter in India-China cooperation in the new era of the digital transition. To make progress and boost development, the big data, and artificial intelligence, the countries need to have in-depth exchanges.
NIIT Technology, Shanghai signed cooperation agreements with Guizhou University and Guiyang Education Bureau.
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has also opened an Information Technology (IT) corridor for the purpose of better exchanges between two countries in the IT sector.
The idea is also to help Indian companies especially small and medium enterprises to connect with China businesses looking for partners in the IT sector.
This event was held on the sidelines of the International Big Data Industry Expo 2019. The 4-day event is being attended by 448 enterprises from 59 different countries.
President: Xi Jinping
Chairman: Keshav Murugesh
Headquarter: Noida, U.P
May 15, 2019
India was unanimously chosen by member countries as next co-chair of Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the fiscal year 2020. This decision was taken during Consultative Group meeting of GFDRR 2019 held from 13 May- 17 May in Geneva, Switzerland. This is the first time that India has been given the opportunity of co-chairing CG meeting of GFDRR.
The Consultative Group meeting held in Geneva was the 6th Session of GPDRR 2019. The CG Meeting 2019 was co-chaired by the European Union (EU), Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and World Bank.
GFDRR in cooperation with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and EU also organized the 4th edition of World Reconstruction Conference (WRC) on May 13-14, 2019 in Geneva.
The participants included experts, policymakers, leaders, and practitioners from various government, international organizations, academia, private sector and NGOs from both developing and developed countries.
India and GFDRR:
In 2015, India became a member of Consultative Group (CG) of GFDRR. At the 5th session of GFDRR held in October 2018, India expressed its interest to co-chair the meet.
India's candidature was backed by member countries because of India's consistent progress in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and also various initiatives it has undertaken to form a coalition on disaster resilient infrastructure.
May 14, 2019
Around 180 governments agreed on a new United Nations (UN) accord to regulate the export of plastic waste, some eight million tonnes of which ends up in the oceans each year. It also undertook to eliminate two toxic chemical groups, Dicofol, and Perfluorooctanoic Acid, plus related compounds. The Geneva meeting amended the 1989 Basel Convention on the control of hazardous wastes to include plastic waste in a legally-binding framework.
About 1,400 representatives from almost every country in the world met for 12 days of discussions at a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
Except for the United States, about 180 governments, agreed to the deal to include plastic waste in a legally-binding framework. Even though the U.S. and a few others have not signed the accord, they cannot ship plastic waste to countries that are on board with the deal.
This is a move to quickly reduce the amount of plastic being washed into the world's oceans.
As per the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network of NGOs which seeks to eliminate hazardous and toxic chemicals and persistent organic pollutants, this new amendment to Basel Convention would empower developing countries to refuse to dump plastic waste by others.
Developed countries like the US and Canada have been exporting their mixed toxic plastic wastes to developing Asian countries claiming it would be recycled in the receiving country. Instead, much of this contaminated mixed waste cannot be recycled and is instead dumped or burned, or finds its way into the ocean. Plastic waste pollution has reached epidemic proportions with an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic now found in the oceans.
About Basel convention:
In 1989, the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (COP) in Basel, Switzerland adopted The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. It was adopted in response to large public outcry after it was discovered that large deposits of toxic wastes were being imported from abroad into the developing world. The Basel Convention came into force in 1992.
May 10, 2019
The Fifth United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week is being held from 6 May to 12 May 2019. The theme for the weekly event in 2019 is Leadership for road safety.
The UN Global Road Safety Weeks and its' campaigns are coordinated by United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, chaired by the World Health Organization (WHO). During the on-going global road safety week WHO released the Global Status Report on Road Safety.
As it is acknowledged that with a stronger leadership for road safety Global Goals could be achieved, so it launched action through ongoing campaign Save Lives - #SpeakUp.
World Health Organization:
Formed on: April 1948
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
Director-General: Tedros Adhanom
WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group
It is concerned with international public health
May 10, 2019
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), under the Ministry of Finance, is organizing the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for Asia-Pacific region in Kochi, Kerala from 8th to 10th May 2019.
As India currently holds a seat of Vice Chairperson of Asia Pacific region, it is hosting this meeting in this capacity. Pranab Kumar Das, Chairman of CBIC will chair the meeting.
It will discuss the progress being made in carrying forward various initiatives and programmes of WCO, in promoting, securing and facilitating cross-border trade in the Asia Pacific region.
Participants include customs delegations from over 20 countries of Asia Pacific region and senior officials of WCO and its regional bodies namely Regional Intelligence Liaoning Office (RILO) and Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB).
The meeting will focus on areas of the meeting includes implementation of trade facilitation measures, building the capacity of small island economies (in Asia pacific region), cross-border e-commerce transactions, performance measurement, trusted trader programmes, and on-going review of Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).
World Customs Organisation (WCO):
Established in: 1952
Established as: Customs Co-operation Council (CCC)
Renamed as WCO in 1994
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
It seeks to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations
May 8, 2019
India was re-elected as an observer to intergovernmental forum Arctic Council at the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting held at Rovaniemi in Finland. India promised its commitment towards contributing more to the Arctic Council. The Council also appointed the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as a new Observer.
India’s Observer status:
India successfully got the Observer status in 2013 during the Kiruna Ministerial meeting held in Sweden.
India has its Arctic research station ‘Himadri’ in Svalbard, Norway since 2008. Located at the International Arctic Research base, the research station was set up by India's National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, an institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Formed on: September 19, 1996
Headquarters: Tromso, Norway (since 2012)
Current Chairmanship lies with Iceland (2019–2021)
The Arctic Council promotes cooperation, coordination, and interaction among Arctic states, the region's indigenous communities and other inhabitants on common issues, particularly on sustainable development and environmental protection.
Member States: Canada, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and the USA.
Besides India, 12 other nations including China, France, Germany, Japan, UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have observer status.
The discussion in the council meeting included:
growing tensions world wealth of minerals
concerns over renewed climate policies of US President Donald Trump
China's Polar Silk Road plan
Russia's Northern Fleet modernization and reopened Cold War military bases.
May 7, 2019
India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Sherpas meeting was held in Cochin, Kerala from May 3 to May 5, 2019.
Before IBSA Sherpas meeting, the 9th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Meeting was also concluded at the same venue.
Indian delegation was led by T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs and Amb. Norberto Moretti, Sherpa of Brazil and Prof. Anil Sooklal, Sherpa of South Africa led their respective delegation at the meeting.
The Sherpas of all three countries conveyed their happiness that the first Gandhi Mandela Memorial Freedom Lecture was delivered by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa on 25th January, 2019 in New Delhi.
The Sherpas welcomed 6th India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime (IBSAMAR) exercise conducted off the Coast of South Africa in September, 2018.
The Sherpas also appreciated the work done by the IBSA Fund on Poverty and Hunger Alleviation which funded 31 projects spread over in 20 countries.
About South Africa
♦ Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
♦ Currency: South African rand
♦ Capital: Brasilia
♦ Currency: Brazilian Real
May 6, 2019
The Group of 7 (G7) industrialised nations meet is to organized by France in Biarritz in August 2019. As India has been invited by France, India will be attending the meet along with Australia, Chile, and South Africa, in a sign of the recognition of India’s growing economic heft in the international arena. The invitation by France clearly reflects the strong strategic connect between India and France.
The G-7 groups constitute of the US, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany.
The French invite to India is not the first time India will be at this G-7 global high table. Then prime minister Manmohan Singh had attended the G-8 +5 meet in Gleneagles in Scotland in 2005 at the invitation of then British prime minister Tony Blair.
April 19, 2019
Saudi Arabia will host the annual G20 leaders' summit on November 21-22, 2020, in its capital Riyadh.
This will be the first G20 Summit to be hosted in the Arab world.
Japan will host this year's G20 summit in Osaka, which will be held June 28-29, as well as ministerial meetings in eight cities.
In 2018, the conference was held in Buenos Aries, Argentina and focused on the global economy, the future of labour markets and gender equality.
Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union.
Chairperson: Shinzō Abe
Founder: Group of Seven
Founded: 26 September 1999
G20 economies account for around 90% of the gross world product (GWP), two-thirds of the world population.
G20 world leaders met for the first time in 2008 with focus on rescuing the global economy from the worst financial crisis in more than 70 years.
The 19 member Countries are:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.
April 8, 2019
The Global Cooling Coalition was launched at the first Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement held at Copenhagen, Denmark. The Global Cooling Coalition is supported by the UN, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
The coalition includes environment ministers from Chile and Rwanda and foreign affairs from Denmark as well as heads of Danish engineering firms ENGIE and Danfoss and leaders from civil society, research and intergovernmental institutions. The Coalition aims to: Inspire ambition, identify solutions and mobilize action to accelerate progress towards clean and efficient cooling. Provide all with sustainable cooling at a scale that would ensure safe food, safe vaccine, and comfort at work.
As the incidence of heat waves is increasing with the regular and alarming frequency it is affecting the health and well being of people. Hence there is a growing demand for cooling which keeps individuals healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious and economies productive.
April 8, 2019
Christian organizations including Isai Rashtriya Manch, Rashtriya Massihi Mitra Manch, National United Christian Front, Hallelujah Worship Team India, and Rashtriya Isai Maha Sangh at National YMCA auditorium in New Delhi
Dr Denzil Godin, Anglo-Indian nominated MLA of Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Dr Ajay Mall, Bishop of Agra, Roma Joseph of Lucknow, Thomas Sebastian,, Dr Maria Fernandez, Mumbai, and other Christian leaders were prominently present at the meeting.
Addressing the gathering Indresh Kumar further said that every religion teaches all to be good human beings.
All preached their followers to be good human beings. Therefore there is no problem with the prophets.
April 7, 2019
The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is to organize a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019, at Manesar, NCR, from 27th to 29th November 2019.
The summit will help in building a platform for bringing together all stakeholders in the automotive industry to understand global advancements in technologies. The summit aims to bring together the automotive OEMs, professionals, researchers, academic experts, vehicle system suppliers, test equipment supplier, quality managers, product planners, component developers, SAE members and students from all over the world.
Track demonstrations, drive-touch-feel activity and lab demonstrations on upcoming vehicle technologies like connected mobility, autonomous vehicles, electric mobility, alternate fuels, intelligent transportation system, hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen IC engine, vehicle dynamics, advanced materials and lightweight, end of life vehicles and recycling are the uniqueness of this event.
March 30, 2019
The 16th meeting of the Canada-India Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism and its Expert Sub-group was held in Ottawa to provide detailed briefings on their respective nation’s counter-terrorism priorities, strategies, and legislative frameworks.
The meeting has reviewed the threats posed by terrorist groups worldwide and in their respective countries and regions.
♦ Capital – Ottawa
♦ Currency- Canadian Dollar
♦ PM- Justin Trudeau
March 1, 2019
The 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit being held at New Delhi was inaugurated by the Union Health Minister J P Nadda in the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Union Minister of Information Technology. The summit provides an opportunity to support governments and health system reformers in improving the health and well-being of their citizens through digital technologies.
The Global Digital Health Partnership Summit is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).
Global Digital Health Partnership
♦ It is a collaboration of governments and territories, government agencies and the World Health Organization
♦ It aimed at supporting the effective implementation of digital health services
♦ The GDHP was established in February 2018
February 28, 2019
US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have begun their high-profile second summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.
The main focus of the summit is to discuss denuclearisation amid claims from Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing.
US may announce a formal end to the Korean War during the summit.
February 17, 2019
World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2019, the flagship event of ‘The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI), was inaugurated by Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The theme of WSDS 2019 was ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise’.
Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji was honoured with the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2019 for his outstanding contributions towards sustainable development in Fiji
February 8, 2019
Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for petroleum and natural gas, inaugurated the 2019 Asia LPG summit in New Delhi.
The summit organized jointly by the major Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum together with the World LPG Association (WLPGA) at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.
This is the second edition of the Asia LPG Summit, with the first one having been held in 2017.
This two-day event will focus on ‘LPG – Energy for Life.’
January 25, 2019
The second edition of Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2019 was held at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The T.N. government signed 304 Memoranda of Understanding and agreements entailing investments to the tune of over Rs.3,00,431 crore at GIM-2.
About Global Investors Meet (GIM):
♦ The first edition happened on 2015 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu
♦ The Second edition was held at Chennai
♦ This summit is to showcase the competitive strengths and opportunities in Tamil Nadu
♦ GIM 2019 provides an ideal platform for understanding Tamil Nadu as a preferred Investors’ Choice
January 17, 2019
Ministry of Water resources and River development has organized 9th International Micro irrigation conference in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
The conference focused on the theme of “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”.
December 9, 2018
The annual ‘startup India Venture Capital Summit’, a joint initiative by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP) and the government of Goa is set to begin in Goa on Friday, Dec 7, 2018.
Startup India Venture Capital Summit 2018 promising to attract global capital in the Indian Setup Ecosystem, Goa is aiming to make it to the list of top 25 Startup destination in Asia.
The theme of the year 2018 is ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India’.
This year’s event aimed to ‘start-up opportunities to attract global capital to the Indian market’.
December 6, 2018
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) is being held in Katowice, Poland from 3rd to 14th December 2018.
In that conference, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the exposure to air pollution causes 7 million deaths worldwide every year and costs an estimated $5.11 trillion in welfare losses globally. It said that the same human activities that are destabilizing the Earth’s climate also contribute directly to poor health.
December 6, 2018
The first India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit was held in New Delhi.
It was organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in association with the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of External Affairs.
December 2, 2018
Kenya, Japan and Canada co-hosted the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy in Nairobi from 26 to 28 November 2018, in an event which brought together over 4,000 participants from around the world.
It builds on the momentum of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris and the UN Ocean Conference 2017 “Call to Action”.
December 1, 2018
Supported by ICAO, IATA, ACI and CANSO, the 1st Global Aviation Summit will be held on January 15 and 16, 2019 at The Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.
It aims to focus on the celebration of 'Flying for All' and to provide a platform to the aviation fraternity to highlight the challenges of the sector in the newly-developing growth spots.
November 29, 2018
The 2018 G20 Summit began on November 28, 2018 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the 13th meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) and the first G20 summit to be hosted in South America.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be representing India at the Summit and is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Argentina President Mauricio Macri, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the sidelines of the summit.
The members of the G20 consist of 19 individual countries plus the European Union (EU).
The 19 member countries of the forum are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
November 17, 2018
The 26th Conference of Central and States Statistical Organizations was held at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
The theme of this year’s Conference is “Quality Assurance in Official Statistics”.
November 13, 2018
Officials from 4 countries (Quad) - Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third "Quadrilateral" or Quad meeting in Singapore on November 14th.
The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend this meeting, and is expected to focus on infrastructure projects, maritime security cooperation and discuss regional challenges including development.
November 9, 2018
"Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018" (GITC) is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November, 2018.
This year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).
It propagates implementation of United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) - Article 21 relates to access to information.
18 countries namely, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, India and UK - participate in this event.
November 4, 2018
Theme of the conference was: "Improving Air Quality, Combating Climate Change- Saving Lives".
Air pollution exceeding recommended WHO (World Health Organisation) Air Quality levels, causing 7 million deaths annually.
According to WHO, household air pollution is a leading killer in poor rural and urban homes.
October 26, 2018
The theme of the conclave is ‘Nuclear Power- Towards a Clean & Base Load Energy’.
October 25, 2018
The conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
The theme for the conference was: “Reef for Life”.
Nearly 150 delegates from India and other countries participated.
October 23, 2018
It is organized by IAEA. It is hosted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Gandhinagar-based Institute of Plasma Research.
It aims to provide a platform for discussion of major physics and technology issues and innovative concepts related to the use of nuclear fusion as a source of energy.
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Organisation, European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), research institutes involved in developing smaller plasma devices are participating in the conference.