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Summits and Conferences - Current Affairs in December 2020

Current Affairs - Summits and Conferences - December 2020

28th December, 2020

Health Minister virtually inaugurates 7th National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the 7th edition of National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices virtually on 28th December, 2020. He emphasized on the need to focus on the innovative convergence strategies of the Indian Healthcare Systems to new levels. He also stressed on the active involvement of grass-root workers in the idea generation process to make innovative changes in the healthcare system. He also talked about the Health Management Information System (HMIS) and released the operational guidelines for Tuberculosis (TB) services.

21st December, 2020

India hosts India-Vietnam Virtual Summit 2020

India hosted the India-Vietnam Virtual Summit 2020 on 21st December, 2020. PM Narendra Modi represented India whereas Vietnam was represented by Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Prime Minister). The entire range of bilateral relations and discussions on regional & global issues of mutual interest were reviewed in the summit. Both the counterparts also discussed the cooperative economic revival in the post pandemic world. A total of 7 MoUs were signed between both the nations related to High Speed Guard Boat Manufacturing Project, Embassy of India in Hanoi, grant for the development of Army Software Park in Vietnam.

PM Modi addresses 6th India-Japan SAMVAD Conference

PM Narendra Modi addressed the 6th Edition of India-Japan SAMVAD Conference on 21st December, 2020. He proposed the creation of Buddhist Library in India which will contain Traditional Buddhist Literature and Scriptures along with their digital copies available across the globe. The 6th SAMVAD Conference was organized by Nikkei Inc and Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF). The Buddhist Library will be a platform for research and dialogue for scholars and the reading materials will be available to the Buddhist monks and scholars for free.

19th December, 2020

Dr. Harsh Vardhan addresses 75th NATCON

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressed the 75th National Conference on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (NATCON) virtually. On the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of NATCON, Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasized on the importance of multi-stake holder coordination for the prevention of Tuberculosis (TB) and making ‘TB Free India’. Tuberculosis Association of India was also congratulated by the health minister for its continuous efforts from 1939. Dr. Harsh Vardhan also spoke about the scales at which the Tuberculosis Prevention Campaigns are working in the country to make the nation TB-free. 

18th December, 2020

External affairs minister addresses the Global Technology Summit 2020

Union Minister of External Affairs, Subramanium Jaishankar addressed the 5th edition of Global Technology Summit virtually. It was organized by the Ministry of External Affairs in collaboration with Carnegie India from 14th to 18th December, 2020. The theme of the summit was ‘Geopolitics of Technology’. Global Technology Summit is one of the 4 main summits organized by the External Affairs Ministry. S Jaishankar emphasized on the reformation process in the United Nations (UN). Carnegie India is a think tank organization that focuses on technology and society, political economy and security studies.

17th December, 2020

Highlights of India-Bangladesh Summit 2020

India-Bangladesh Summit 2020 was held virtually on 17th December, 2020. The summit was addressed by PM Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. Both the counterparts jointly inaugurated the 5th Rail link connecting India and Bangladesh from Haldibari, West Bengal to Chilahati in Bangladesh, which was closed after 1965 India-Pakistan war. A total of 7 MoUs were also signed between the two neighboring countries related to Community Development, Elephant conservation, Waste Disposal technology, Agricultural cooperation, Museums, India- Bangladesh CEO’s forum. A honorary stamp of ‘Bangabandhu’Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was also unveiled jointly by both the PMs. Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Museum was also launched to mark the occasion.

15th December, 2020

Vice President inaugurates 12th GRIHA Summit virtually

Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Summit 2020 on 15th December, 2020. It is a two-day summit from 15th to 16th December. It has been organized by GRIHA Council, Hyderabad, Telangana. The theme of the summit is ‘Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats’. GRIHA is a national level rating systems for green buildings initiated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi and developed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Ajay Mathur is the President of GRIHA.

13th December, 2020

SDFU, Dehradun hosts Sustainable Mountain Development Summit 2020

Sustainable Development Forum Utaranchal (SDFU), Dehradun has hosted the 9th edition of Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) from 11th to 14th December, 2020. The summit has been organized by Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) on the occasion of International Mountain Day 2020. The theme of SMDS 2020 is ‘Emerging Pathways for Building a Resilient Post COVID-19 Mountain Economy, Adaptation, Innovation & Acceleration ’. Uttarakhand CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat was the Chief Guest of the inaugural event and Meghalaya CM, Conrad K Sanga was the Guest of Honour of the event.  

12th December, 2020

UK, UN and France jointly host Climate Ambition Summit 2020.

Climate Ambition Summit 2020 was jointly hosted by United Kingdom, United Nations and France in partnership with Chile and Italy. It was held on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement 2015. The summit was regarded ‘sprint to Glasgow’. The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) will be held at Glasgow, Scotland from 1st to 12th November 2021. India was represented by PM Narendra Modi. The aim of the summit was ‘A call for much greater climate action and ambition’.

11th December, 2020

Jal Shakti Minister inaugurates 5th India Water Impact Summit

Union Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has inaugurated the India Water Impact Summit 2020 (IWIS). It is a 5-day virtual summit from 11th December to 15th December. It has been jointly organized by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga). The theme of the summit is ‘Arth Ganga – River Conservation Synchronized Development’. Global investors and stakeholders in the water sector will address issues regarding the management of River Ganga. A ‘Finance Forum’ has also been hosted in the summit to bring the financial institutes and investors together for the restoration and conservation of Ganga.

Narendra Modi and Dhavkat Mirziyoyev co-chaired 1st Virtual India-Uzbekistan Summit

1st Virtual-Bilateral Summit between India and Uzbekistan was held on 11th December, 2020. It was co-chaired by PM Narendra Modi and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev. Several matters of bilateral relationship and cooperation in the post-pandemic world were discussed in the summit. A total of 9 MoUs were signed in the summit that concluded with the adoption of a joint statement on close and strong friendship between the two nations. India has approved a Line of Credit (LoC) worth US $ 448 million for 4 developmental projects in Uzbekistan  

India-Myanmar 5th Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control cooperation was recently held.

By, Dr. Rituparna Dubey

The 5th Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation was recently held between India and Myanmar virtually. In the meeting, Myanmar was represented by the Central Committee on Drug Abuse Control of Myanmar and the Narcotics Control Bureau of India represented India.  Director-General of the Narcotics Control Bureau, Rakesh Asthana led the Indian delegation 

10th December, 2020

ASEAN defense ministers’ meeting plus (ADMM-PLUS) held.

By, Dr. Rituparna Dubey

The defense minister of India, Mr. Rajnath Singh had addressed the ASEAN defense ministers’ meeting plus (ADMM-PLUS). ADMM-Plus is a  platform for the ASEAN and its eight dialogue partners to come together to promote mutual trust and confidence in the region which is required for the continuation of the efforts for mitigating the threats of bioterrorism and pandemic diseases. 

9th December, 2020

India participated in the recently held Inter-Ministerial Conference by Partners in Population and Development (PPD). 

By, Dr. Rituparna Dubey

The PPD  is an intergovernmental organization for the promotion of south-south cooperation in the areas of reproductive health, population, and development with its secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh. PPD has a membership of 26 countries from the developing work, encompassing about 59% of the world’s population.

6th December, 2020

4th South Asian Forum of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)

By, Dr. Rituparna Dubey

The  4th South Asian Forum of Sustainable Development Goal was organized by  United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) South Asia and Pacific virtually. The prime focus of discussion is a disaster and climate resilience in South Asia in the current times. . The primary objective of this High-Level meeting is to identify the potentials,  opportunities, and imperatives that exist, to overcome the roadblocks and hurdles in implementing the systemic approach to disaster, and the public health risk management. Additionally, formulating the strategies for utilizing the existing regional and sub-regional cooperation mechanisms that include the South Asian Forum for Sustainable Development Goals,  to bolster multi-hazard and multi-sectoral preparedness systems for any disaster in the future. Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Nityanand Rai had addressed the gathering.

India and  Mongolia hold the 7th joint committee meeting 

By, Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Recently, the India-Mongolia 7th Meeting of Joint Committee on Cooperation was held in a virtual mode on cooperation to focus on bilateral ties. Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar,  and L Oyun-Erdene, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Mongolia held comprehensive discussions on several issues encompassing areas of bilateral cooperation which including the Covid 19 pandemic situation, cooperation in the International Solar Alliance, and bolstering the traditional form of medicine - AYUSH in Mongolia. The 65th Anniversary of India-Mongolia’s Diplomatic relations was also observed in the meeting.

Virtual business conclave with CLMV countries was held.

By, Dr. Rituparna Dubey

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in partnership with the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, has organized the 6th India CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam) Business Conclave from 3 - 4 December 2020, over CII HIVE, the virtual platform of CII. Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister for Commerce and Industry and Railways, Government of India, was the chief guest of this event. The theme of this meet is  Building Bridges for Constructive Development. These CMLV countries are key stakeholders in the ASEAN region, thus giving a great environment for setting up of manufacturing units. This two-day event shall have sectoral sessions, country focus sessions. Here, India sought the co-operation of the nations on the International Solar Alliance and Resilient Supply Chain Initiative, along with cooperation in the mitigation of the Covid 19 pandemic.

3rd December, 2020

7th India-Suriname Joint Commission was held virtually 

By, Dr. Rituparna Dubey

The 7th India-Suriname Joint Commission Meeting held virtually, was co-chaired by V. Muraleedharan & Suriname Minister of Foreign Affairs Albert R. Ramdin

 Key Points:

  • The discussions were held in an atmosphere of warmth against the backdrop of friendly India - Suriname relations.
  •  The two nations agreed that the next Joint Commission Meeting will be held in 2022 in Paramaribo.
1st December, 2020

Nirmala Sitharaman represents India at Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2020.

India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman represented India at the 20th edition of Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES). It was organized by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC). Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest of the inaugural session of the SLES. The theme of SLES 2020 was ‘Roadmap for a Take-off: Driving a People-Centric Economic Revival’. Nirmala Sitharaman delivered a speech at the inaugural session of SLES where she emphasized of the utilization of India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and Sri Lanka’s Self Reliant Sri Lanka for strengthening economic cooperaration and collective growth in the post-pandemic world.

Prakash Javedkar represents India at 2020 Industry Transition Leadership Virtual Summit

India was represented by Union Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Forest, Prakash Javedkar in the 2020 Industry Transition Leadership Virtual Summit. It was organized by Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) virtually on the occasion of 5th anniversary of signing of 2015 Paris Agreement. The summit focused on the alignment of public and private actions for the implementation of the agendas and targets under the Paris Agreement. 15 companies from 13 countries are the members of LeadIT.