Canada hosted the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference in Vancouver, Canada. This conference is the largest gathering of Defence ministers dedicated to UN Peacekeeping.
The goals of this conference are to measure the progress made since the 2016 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial;
The main aim is to encourage new pledges from the Member States, particularly in areas where the UN faces gaps, such as rapid deployment, helicopters, and francophone units.
A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in Bonn, Germany.
Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy was present at the event from the Indian side.
The ISA was jointly launched on 30 November 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and then-President of France, H.E. Francois Hollande, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) at Paris, France.
To inspire, nurture and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in tribal youth, the NITI Aayog in partnership with the US government organized India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit at Dantewada.
The summit is inaugurated by MoS Science and Technology YS Chowdhary held at Dantewada in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
This event is an 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, being held in India which ensures yet another step towards tribal-centric sustainable and inclusive development.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting was held in Da Nang, Vietnam.
The theme of this meeting was ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future’.
The Leaders of 21 Pacific Rim countries attended this meeting.
This was the first APEC meeting for several leaders including United States President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The APEC summit for 2018 will be held in Papua New Guinea.
A high-level delegation led by the Canadian International Trade Minister, Mr. Francois-Philippe Champagne is in India to attend the 4th Annual Ministerial Dialogue (AMD).
The Indian delegation was led by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu.
In the current round of the Ministerial Dialogue, India and Canada focused on some of the key commercial drivers to enhance the India-Canada partnership.
Odisha and its neighboring state West Bengal soon organize a joint security exercise named as ‘Sagar Kavach’ along the 630 km long coastline.
It is a real-time security exercise, conducted with an aim to check the efficacy of the security parameters and preparedness of various security forces namely Indian Navy, Marine police force, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Forest Department, Fisheries and district administration.
During the course of this two-day exercise, a simulated terror attack named ‘red force’ will be organized at a random place along the coast of Odisha or West Bengal.
India holds Dubai’s first-ever AYUSH conference to spread awareness about the prevention and management of lifestyle diseases through Yoga and Ayurveda.
‘International AYUSH Conference and Exhibition 2017’ with the theme of ‘Lifestyle diseases: Prevention and management through AYUSH’ organised from November 9-11 by Science India Forum.
This conference is attended by 1200 delegates from AYUSH systems from more than 20 countries.
The India-US Ocean Dialogue, hosted by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, began at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa.
It is aimed at promoting sustainable development of the Blue Economy. Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.
The 2nd World Congress on Marxism is scheduled to be held at Peking University in Beijing from 5th – 6th May 2018.
The theme of 2nd World Congress on Marxism will be “Marxism and the current world and China”.
The 2nd World Congress on Marxism coincides with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth and the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up.
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 3rd International Conference on Yoga in New Delhi.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Yoga for Wellness”.
About 500 delegates, including 69 from overseas countries attended the conference.
This conference has been organized with the technical and logistic support of Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy and Moraji Desai National Institute of Yoga.
In the United States, two influential Democratic lawmakers have introduced a legislation in the House of Representative to support India’s permanent membership to the UN Security Council.
It is Introduced by Congressman Ami Bera and Congressman Frank Pallone, the resolution would put the House officially on record in support of India’s bid. Ami Bera, Vice Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and longest serving Indian-American in Congress stated that securing a permanent spot for India on the UN Security Council would strengthen democracy around the world.
The First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) are conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the lead agency from October 10-13, 2017 in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
It is a platform for sharing Best Practices on all aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC member countries.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development holds the first ever National Conference in New Delhi on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
This conference is being organized keeping in mind the goal of “Malnutrition Free India-2022”.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development is the first-ever National Conference in New Delhi on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
China opened a dual-use highway in Tibet to the Nepal border which could be used for civilian and defense purposes in China.
The highway is 40.4 km long and 25 m wide.
It has 4 double lanes. It is classified a first-tier highway.
It connects Xigaze airport and Xigaze city center in Tibet.
The road helps to ease the congestions and export economy of China.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session.
She will hold a high-level meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.
She has five other meetings with Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and with foreign ministers Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia, Anders Samuelsen of Denmark, Edgars Rinkevics of Latvia and Fernando Huanacuni Mamani of Bolivia.
India is among the 120 countries that have supported the reform efforts of the UN Secretary-General.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
The 12th edition of the India and Japan summit will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
They will also attend a function to mark the commencement of work of India’s first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
India and Belarus are signed agreements on their bilateral cooperation, including in defence and security, as the Eastern European country's President Alexander Lukashenko is on a two-day visit to New Delhi.
Belarus and India are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Bilateral trade between India and Belarus stands at $200 million, with pharmaceutical products being India's main exports to the East European nation.
The 9th Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) summit was held in Xiamen, China.
The summit is hosted by China for the second time after the 2011 Summit.
The theme of the 2017 BRICS Summit is “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”.
The four documents were signed in the presence of BRICS Leaders and they are
Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation
BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation(2017-2020)
BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Co operation.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, China.
The countries other than Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) nations participating in the dialogue are Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan, and Thailand.
The 9th BRICS Summit held in China made to get named terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad operating from Pakistani soil and a comprehensive approach against terrorism by BRICS leaders in the Xiamen declaration.
Five banks of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) Interbank Cooperation Mechanism (ICM) agreed to establish local currency credit lines and develop cooperation on credit ratings.
These five banks are Brazilian Development Bank, Russia’s Vnesheconombank, Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM), China Development Bank and Development Bank of South Africa.
The agreement will allow these five banks to establish framework mechanism to extend credit lines in local currencies to BRICS ICM members and BRICS countries.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold an emergency meeting to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test.
North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile and is its biggest nuclear detonation.
The countries namely the United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for a two nation tour to China and Myanmar.
He will reach Xiamen to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.
He will hold discussions with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and also call on President U Htin Kyaw.
The Fourth Session of the India-Tanzania Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting was held in New Delhi.
The Indian delegation was led by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman and Tanzanian delegation was led by the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment Mr. Charles John Mwijage.
With an investment of US $ 2.2 billion, Tanzania is among the top 5 investment destinations for India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 9th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit, Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during 3rd to 5th of September.
He will pay a State visit to Myanmar from September 5th to 7th.
It is his first bilateral State visit to Myanmar.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will participate in the two-day Indian Ocean Conference to be held in Colombo, Srilanka.
The theme of the conference is peace, progress, and prosperity.
The conference will be held in Temple Trees, the official residence of the Lankan Prime Minister.
It is the second ICO conference, the first was held in Singapore in 2016.
The seventeenth Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
The meeting was attended by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit R. Patel, SEBI chairman, IRDA Chairman along with heads and other senior officers of the Government.
FSDC is a super regulatory body for regulating financial sector which is a vital for bringing healthy and efficient financial system in the economy.
Italy will host a summit of G-7 interior ministers centered on security issues.
According to Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti, the meeting is being organized at the request of Italy's G-7 partners namely Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States.
The summit is expected to be held in October.
The India-ASEAN Youth Summit began in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.
The five-day Summit will commemorative this year’s theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.
Around 100 delegates from ASEAN countries Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam participating in the summit.
The 15th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) ministerial meeting was held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The two-day meet was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba and will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister.
The BIMSTEC is a sub-regional grouping comprising of seven countries of South Asia and South East Asia.
BIMSTEC mainly comprises of seven countries namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand lying in the littoral and adjacent countries.
The Union Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) countries for the establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP).
During the 7th BRICS Summit held in July 2015 at Ufa in Russia Prime Minister Narendra Modi established a BRICS Agriculture Research Centre a gift to the entire world.
The Central Government will promote sustainable agricultural development and poverty alleviation through strategic cooperation.
The 2017 BRICS countries agreed to work together to ensure stable employment and better quality of life for their people.
The decision in this regard taken at the 2017 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting held in Chongqing, China.
BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries and all five are G-20 members.
The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened in Beijing, China to discuss the development of the youth in the countries.
The theme of the three-day forum is 'Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development'.
The five BRICS countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa first came up with the idea of establishing a dialogue mechanism for BRICS youth in 2014 during a meeting between BRICS leaders in South Africa.
India will host Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), the world’s largest conference on cyber space and related issues in New Delhi in November 2017.
The theme for the GCCS 2017 is 'Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace'.
This is for the first time GCCS is taking place outside Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.
It is a prestigious International Conference that aims at encouraging dialogue among stakeholders of cyberspace. It was incepted in 2011 in London.
The United States House of Representatives passed an amendment to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), 2018, a $621.5 billion defence expenditure bill to advance defence cooperation with India.
India related amendment in the bill was adopted by a voice vote in the House by 344-81.
The NDAA is a United States federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defence.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan visited Istanbul in Turkey from 9 to represent India at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) International Conference.
The theme for 22 World Petroleum Congress was ‘Bridges To Our Energy Future’.
He chaired a ministerial session on the subject ‘Current Economic Strategies in Indian Oil and Gas Sector’ and a plenary session on ‘Supply and Demand Challenges for Oil, Gas and Products’.
A Model United Nations (MUN) Regional Conference is held in Kathmandu.
The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to get full energy and resources to a more prosperous and peaceful world.
The event is organised by the United States Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinker’s Society.
The conference simulates four UN committees–United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN), United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
12th G20 (Group of 20) summit has been hosted by Germany for the first time, at the Hamburg Messe and Congress.
Founded in 1999, G20 is an international meeting between heads of states, finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s 20 leading economies. The G20 group makes up 85 per cent of the world’s GDP and two-thirds of its population.
G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, The European Union.
India became the 71st country to sign the United Nations International Convention on Road Transports (TIR).
TIR will help India to integrate with Myanmar and Thailand as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.
TIR is managed and developed by IRU - The world road transport organization.
Ministry of Home Affairs formed an expert committee to examine the rules which allow free movement of people near Indo-Myanmar border.
Indian and Myanmarese citizens are permitted free movement within 16 km of the international border, but these rules are widely exploited by militants for smuggling arms, drugs, and fake Indian currency.
Indias 1,643-km border with Myanmar touches four states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.
This is for the first time that meeting with the state governments has been called to discuss the issues concerning the Myanmar border.
The second National Health Editors Conference on Yoga will be inaugurated by Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik at National Media Centre in New Delhi.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Yoga for Health and Harmony”.
The conference is being organized by Ministry of AYUSH in association with Press Information Bureau (PIB), M/o Information & Broadcasting and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (M/o AYUSH) as a part of celebrations of the 3rd International Day of Yoga.
The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping established a one million dollar fund for boosting media cooperation in the five-nation grouping.
The proposal is also aimed at the joint development of BRICS digital media, financial information services and promoting people- to-people contacts.
BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
At the summit in Astana, India and Pakistan will become full members of the grouping, which at present comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
India will become a full member of the SCO upon which the SCO will represent over 40 per cent of humanity and nearly 20 percent of the global GDP.
The inauguration of the Astana Expo with the theme of “Future Energy”.
The 70th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Member states also agreed on a five-year action plan that will initiate collaboration between World Health Organisation (WHO) the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in tackling shortfalls in global health and social workforce.
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.
The 28th edition of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit started in Brussels Belgium.
The top agenda of the meeting was terrorism.
The main aim is to fight against Islamist terrorism.
The 2018 NATO summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Adding to the kitty of Rs 40,000 crore, National Infrastructure and Investment Fund (NIIF), India and the UK agreed to set up £240 million (approximately Rs 2,000 crore) fund to finance green energy.
The fund will help boost India’s rapidly growing energy sector. Both countries will contribute £120 million each to the fund.
The fund ultimately aims at raising £500 million.
The Green Growth Equity Fund will be a sub-fund of NIIF.
Indian Union Finance Minister: Arun Jaitley
About UK:- Capital of the United Kingdom (UK) is London
Prime Minister is Theresa May
Currency of UK is Pound.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Georgia.
The Agreement between the two countries is based on latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template keeping in view of developments in Civil Aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two countries.
ASA is the basic legal framework for any air operation between the two countries.
Features of the Air Services Agreement (ASA):- i. Both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline.
ii. Now the Indian carriers can operate to any points in Georgia from any points in India. Whereas the carriers of Georgia can establish direct operation to six points namely New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Goa.
About Georgia:- a country at the intersection of Europe and Asia.
Currency: Georgian lari
3rd G20 Framework Working Group meeting held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
• The focus of the meeting was to deliberate on the inclusive growth agenda of the G20 and formulation of a framework for country specific inclusive growth policies.
• In the two-day meeting, officials from more than 30 countries discussed the growth strategy to raise the world GDP by 2 per cent till 2018.
• Since the inception of the Framework Working Group in 2009, this is the fourth occasion India is hosting this meeting.
• The meeting was co-hosted by the Union Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
• Hosting of the event assumes significance, as the G20 group is helping India to enhance the production from the manufacturing capacity to the tune of Rs 2 lakh crore under the Make In India initiative.
• Besides, the delegates were also taken to the banks of river Ganga to witness the famous Ganga Aarti. The delegates were also given exposure to the rich culture and cuisine of Kashi.
Union Ministry of Finance: Arun Jaitley.
About G20:- The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making. It is deliberating on global economic issues and other important development challenges.
It comprises total 19 countries plus the European Union (EU), representing 85% of global GDP, 80% of international trade, 65% of world’s population.
It was started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the aftermath of the Southeast Asian (Tiger economies) financial crisis.
G-20 Member countries:- Its members include India, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, UK, US and EU.
India is hosting the 23rd Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth nations and nine British overseas territories here, starting Tuesday, to discuss the role of technology in public audit.
This is the first time that India is hosting the conference.
With the theme 'Fostering Partnerships for Capacity Development in Public Audit', the conference will discuss leveraging technology in public audit and environment audit, it said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address the conference here on Wednesday.
The conference will see the participation of 52 Commonwealth countries besides the British overseas territories. About 80 delegates from 37 countries are expected to participate in it.
The auditing organisations in these countries come together every three years to discuss the major challenges before them. The last such conference was held in Malta in 2014.
The CAG heads the International Working Group on Information System Audits and provides technical assistance to various audit institutions of other countries.
On information technology and environment audits, the CAG has its own international training centres in Noida and Jaipur, respectively, where auditors from all over the world are trained in specialised aspects of public auditing.
The second IndiaUAE conference on globalisation, organised by All India Management Association (AIMA)was held in Dubai to promote cooperation between the two countries.
Theme: “Resetting Globalisation: Collaborating in a Fast Changing World.”
Highlights : UAE’s Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and India’s ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri are participated in the conference
The conference held various sessions includes healthcare, technologies to encourage competitiveness, the banking and financial sector’s financial technologies transformation, and the growing role of technology and innovation in the retail sector
Top industry leaders from both countries have agreed to strengthen their bilateral trade and investment ties
UAE’s commitment to invest USD 75 billion in Indian infrastructure is of particular significance to the growing relationship between two countries.
The finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 economies (G20) are due to meet in Baden-Baden in Germany from 17-18 March 2017.
The meeting is expected to focus on strengthening economic resilience in finance and digitalisation and to promote investment in Africa.
Highlights : The meeting will provide a preliminary discussion platform for the finance ministers and central bank governors to discuss their points ahead of the G20 Summit of heads of state and government that will be held in Hamburg, Germany from 7-8 July.
All the focus will be on whether they are able to agree to work together to promote free trade between themselves despite the protectionist tendency of the United States.
This meet will be the first such gathering of leaders to discuss global economic challenges since Donald Trump took over as the President of United States in January 2017.
While most of the G20 nations have been in agreement that encouraging free trade is the way to foster the world economy, Trump administration has been seen taking a protectionist stance on the same, saying it is a part of their effort to save jobs in the US.
The results of the meeting will be shared by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann in a news conference, which is to be held on 18 March 2017.
The G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs will be convening again at the International Monetary Fund's spring and annual meetings in April and October 2017 in Washington DC.
G20 : It is an international forum comprising governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies.
It was founded in 1999 with the aim of achieving international coordination on policy issues to promote international financial stability.
The group seeks to address issues that are beyond the responsibility of a particular organisation.
Some of the member economies include the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, India, China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Russia.