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Important Meetings, Summits and Conferences, 2017 - PDF

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Canada will be the Partner Country for 2017 Technology Summit:

  • Canada has been chosen as the partner country for the 23rd edition of the Technology Summit from 14th -15th November 2017 in New Delhi.
  • The summit is India’s largest technology conference which will be jointly organized by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

4th ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus to be held in Philippines:

  • Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will represent India in the 4th edition of ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus (ADMM)-Plus which will be hosted by Philippines.
  • The representatives of the ASEAN countries will be expected to discuss different measures to enhance defence and security cooperation.

Second World Congress on Marxism to be held in Beijing:

  • The second edition of the World Congress on Marxism will be held in Beijing, China in May 2018.
  • The theme of the conference will be: “Marxism and the current world and China”

14th SAARCLAW Conference held in Colombo:

  • The 14th edition of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARCLAW) Conference was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • The Conference has been organized to provide platform to legal professionals to discuss the critical issues of mutual interests and emerging legal trends in the South Asian Countries.

12th Annual Convention of CIC inaugurated:

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the 12th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • The specific agenda of the convention was to maintain transparency and accountability by the Government.

11th Indo-US Trade Policy Forum Meeting held in Washington DC:

  • The 11th edition of Indo-US Trade Policy Forum meeting was recently held in Washington DC.
  • The important issues discussed were: Bilateral Trade, areas of mutual cooperation, agriculture, non-agricultural goods and services and Intellectual Property Rights.

India to host UN Wildlife Summit in 2020:

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that India is going to host the next Summit on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals Conference of Parties 13 (CMS COP-13) in 2020.
  • CMS COP is also known as the Global Wildlife Conference.
  • The 12th COP to CMS was recently held in Manila, Philippines in October 2017.

President inaugurates Global Clubfoot Conference:

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the Global Clubfoot Conference which was organized by CURE India in partnership with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi.
  • Clubfoot is an orthopaedic birth defect where one or both the feet of the baby are rotated inwards and downwards.

President inaugurates 21st World Congress on Mental Health:

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 21st World Congress on Mental Health which was organized by the World Federation for Mental Health in New Delhi.
  • This is for the first time that India has organized the World Congress on Mental Health.

PM inaugurates World Food India 2017:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the International Mega Food event- “World Food India 2017”.
  • The event is organized by the Food Processing Industries Ministry in New Delhi and is the biggest congregation of the global investors and business investors of the major food companies.

2nd EAC-PM Meeting:

  • The second meeting of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) which recently took place focused upon job creation and infrastructure financing apart from emphasizing on health, education and skill development.
  • The meeting was chaired by Dr. Bibek Debroy, member of NITI Aayog.

India Disaster Response Summit inaugurated:

  • Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of state for Home Affairs, has inaugurated the India Disaster Response Summit in New Delhi.
  • The Summit was organized jointly by National Disaster Response Authority (NDMA) and Facebook.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the Chairman of NDMA.

Vietnam hosts APEC Summit:

  • The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was recently held in Vietnam.
  • The theme of the summit was- ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future’.
  • Next year’s summit will be organized in Papua New Guinea.

4th India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue:

  • The 4th Indo-Canadian Annual Ministerial Dialogue was recently held in New Delhi.
  • The Canadian delegation was led by Canadian Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne whereas India was represented by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu.
  • The Dialogue is supposed to boost the bilateral relations of the two countries in a number of sectors.

1st Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit:

  • National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has organized India’s 1st Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit at Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.
  • USA is the partner country for this event.
  • The event has been organized to inspire and promote entrepreneurship in the tribal youth.

10th South Asia Economic Summit held in Nepal:

  • The 10th South Asia Economic Summit was recently held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • 3-day summit was jointly organized by National Planning Commission and Ministry of Commerce of Nepal.
  • The theme of the summit is: “Deepening Economic Integration for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia”.

Asian Bankers Association Summit in Mumbai:

  • Mumbai is going to host the 34th annual conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA).
  • The theme of the summit will be-“Asia turn to transform”.

15th  APCERT Conference in New Delhi:

  • The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has recently organized the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference in New Delhi.
  • This was the 15th APCERT Conference and the first ever such conference in India.
  • The theme of the conference was- “Building Trust in the Digital Economy”.

Hunar Haat 2017:

  • The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has organized Hunar Haat at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
  • It has displayed the handicrafts and handloom prepared by the artisans from the different parts of the country.

India to organise Global Conference on Cyberspace:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Conference on Cyberspace on 23rd November.
  • IT Ministers from 33 countries will participate in the conference.
  • The conference will focus upon the threats associated with cyberspace, latest practices and mutual cooperation for cyber-security measures.

Vice President inaugurates AP AgTech Summit-2017:

  • Vice- President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a three day AP AgTech Summit-2017 in Visakhapatnam.
  • The summit has been organized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in association of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Dahlberg advisors.

12th North East Business Summit inaugurated in New Delhi:

  • The two-day long 12th edition of North East Business Summit was recently inaugurated in New Delhi.
  • The Summit aims to increase the scope for business opportunities in the North Eastern states of India. The summit was organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with Manipur which is the partner state for the summit.

SARTTAC Meeting held in New Delhi:

  • Interim meeting of the Steering Committee of IMF’s South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTAC) was recently held in New Delhi.
  • SARTTAC came into being in February 2017 with an aim to help the member countries to implement financial policies that promote growth and reduce poverty.
  • The member countries are India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

First North East Development Summit held in Manipur:

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the first ever North East Development Summit in Imphal, Manipur.
  • The summit aims to enhance the trade and investment opportunities in the underdeveloped regions of the North-East India.
  • It was organized by India Foundation in collaboration with Union and the State Governments of Manipur.

India to host 36th International Geological Congress in 2020:

  • India will host the 36th edition of the International Geological Congress in 2020.
  • It will be jointly funded by the Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Earth Sciences with active support from the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and science academies of India’s neighbouring countries Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

12th Meeting of Standing Committee of Inter-State Council:

  • The 12th meeting of the Standing Committee of Inter-State Council was recently held in New Delhi to discuss the recommendations of the Punchhi Commission on Centre-State relations.
  • The meeting was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
  • Inter-State Council was established on the recommendations of Sarkaria Commission to facilitate coordination between centre and states.

President inaugurates the International Ambedkar Conclave:

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the International Ambedkar Conclave, organized by the Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians in New Delhi.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad:

  • The 8th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump in Hyderabad, Talengana.
  • The summit was co-hosted by National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and US Government in association with Telangana Government.
  • The summit was held in South Asia for the first time.

PM inaugurates HT Leadership Summit in New Delhi:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi.
  • Former US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will also address the 2-day long summit.

Agri-Business Consortium held in New Delhi:

  • The 22nd meeting of the Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) was recently held in New Delhi.
  • It was chaired by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
  • SFAC was established in 1994 under the Societies Registration Act 1860 for small farmer’s welfare by linking them to agricultural value chain.

International Storytellers Festival- Kathakar inaugurated in New Delhi:

  • The 7th edition of the 3 day long ‘Kathakar-International Storytellers Festival’ has been inaugurated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi.
  • It is the only oral storytelling festival in India and is a part of Ghummakkad Narain- the Travelling Literature Festival which was started under UNESCO in 2010.
  • The festival will be hosted in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and Mumbai this year.

11th Annual MedTech Summit held in New Delhi:

  • The 11th Annual MedTech Summit was recently held in New Delhi.
  • Department of Biotechnology and IIT Delhi have implemented a Bio Design Programme to develop affordable and innovative medical devices to fulfill the clinical needs.

Nepal to host International Conference on Climate Change:

  • Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari will inaugurate an international Conference to raise awareness on climate change and its adverse consequences on the people in the Hindu Kush mountain range.
  • The 4 day-long conference aims to provide a platform to over 200 delegates including scientists, environmental experts and policy makers to develop solutions for maintaining a sustainable climate.

AROGYA 2017:

  • AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik has inaugurated the first International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness sector- AROGYA 2017 in New Delhi.
  • The theme was-‘Enhancing the global potential of AYUSH’.
  • It was jointly organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Union Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council.

India to host South-East Asia Connectivity Summit:

  • India will host the South-East Asia Connectivity Summit on December 11-12.
  • It will be a part of India’s Act East Policy and will be very crucial as it comes ahead of the visit of the leaders of the 10 members of ASEAN.
  • ASEAN members are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

7th International Ground Water Conference held in New Delhi:

  • The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvination has organized the 7th edition of International Ground Water Conference in New Delhi from 11th to 13th December 2017.
  • The theme of the conference was- ‘Ground water vision 2030- Water Security, Challenges and Climate Change Adaptation’

5-member committee to select editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV:

  • Prasar Bharti Chairrman A Surya Prakash will head a 5-member committee constituted by the Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to select candidate for the post of editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV.
  • Other members of the committee are- Swapan Das Gupta, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, PPK Ramacharyulu and Rahul Srivastava.
  • Arun Jaitley Panel to oversee PSU Bank Mergers:
  • The Union Government has constituted a panel headed by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to consider and oversee the mergers among the country’s 21 state-run banks.
  • The other members of the panel are Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal.

9th BRICS summit held in Xiamen, China:

  • With the theme- ‘Stronger Partnership for Brighter Future’, the 9th edition of BRICS summit was held in Xiamen, China.
  • China has hosted the summit for the second time, first time in 2011.
  • Four documents were signed during the summit:
  • Strategic Framework for Custom Cooperation
  • Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation
  • Economic and Trade Cooperation
  • MoU between BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank on strategic cooperation
  • Xiamen Declaration was adopted by the leaders at the end of summit:
  • BRICS members have agreed for comprehensive partnership with emerging markets with flexible trade practices and cooperation with non BRICS countries through BRICS Plus Cooperation. These countries are: Thailand, Mexico, Egypt, Kenya and Kajikistan.
  • There was also a consensus on the establishment ofBRICS local currency bond markets.
  • Apart from focusing on counter-terrorism coalition, the member nations also discussed other crucial agendas like research, development and innovation in the field of Information, Communication and Technology, effective use of fossil fuels and cooperation on energy.

12th G-20 Summit concluded in Germany:

  • The 12th edition of the G-20 Summit was organized in the Hamburg city of Germany with the adoption of Hamburg Action Plan.
  • Theme of summit was 'shaping an interconnected world'.
  • Key Highlights of the Summit:
  • Climate Change
  • Sharing the benefits of globalization
  • Sustainable Livelihood
  • Global Health
  • Next G-20 Summit 2018 will be held in Buneous Aires (Capital of Argentina)

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) 2017 meeting:

  • The meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation was held in Astana.
  • President of the Republic of KazakhstanNursultan Nazarbayev chaired the Meeting.
  • During the meet, India & Pakistan became full members of SCO. Beijing, China is the HQ of SCO.
  • It was founded in Shanghai in 2001.
  • The next meeting will be held in 2018 in China.

Indian Ocean Conference:

  • The two days conference will start in Colombo from 31st August.
  • Delhi based think tank Foundation will host the conference in collaboration with RSIS and NIFS, the two research and study centers of Singapore and Sri Lanka.
  • The Theme of the conference is: Peace, Progress and Prosperity.
  • This will be the second such conference. The first was held in Singapore last year.

17th meeting of FSDC held in New Delhi:

  • The 17th meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council was recently held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  • Highlights of the meeting:
  • Macro-economic stability: FSDC claimed that India has macro-economic stability due to improvements in its macro-economic fundamentals, structural reforms and long term positive results of Demonetization.
  • CERT-Fin and FDMC: It also discussed the development and progress made in setting up of Computer Emergency Response Team in the financial sector (CERT-Fin) and Financial Data Management System (FSDC).

NITI Aayog has hosted Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017:

  • The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has hosted the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 (GES 2017) in Hyderabad from 28th to 30th November 2017.
  • The theme for this year was be- “Women First, Prosperity for All”.
  • This will be the first time GES being organized in South Asia.
  • GES 2017 will help the Indian Entrepreneurs to establish new partnerships, procure funding and create innovative products that will transform the society for better future.
  • Digital Economy and Financial Technology, Health Care and Life Sciences, Energy and Infrastructure and Media and Entertainment will be the four primary focus areas of GES 2017.

International Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations-IV:

  • The Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) has hosted an international conference on “Dialogue of Civilizations-IV” from 8th to 15th October 2017 in New Delhi, Gandhinagar and Dholavira.
  • The conference has discussed the importance of the five ancient, literate civilizations of the world i.e. Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia, China and Mesoamerica.

Indian-ASEAN Youth Summit in Bhopal:

  • To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Indian-ASEAN Youth Summit was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • This year’s theme was- “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.

Canada will be the Partner Country for 2017 Technology Summit:

  • Canada has been chosen as the partner country for the 23rd edition of the Technology Summit from 14th -15th November 2017 in New Delhi.
  • The summit is India’s largest technology conference which will be jointly organized by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

4th ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus to be held in Philippines:

  • Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will represent India in the 4th edition of ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus (ADMM)-Plus which will be hosted by Philippines.
  • The representatives of the ASEAN countries will be expected to discuss different measures to enhance defence and security cooperation.

Second World Congress on Marxism to be held in Beijing:

  • The second edition of the World Congress on Marxism will be held in Beijing, China in May 2018.
  • The theme of the conference will be: “Marxism and the current world and China”.

First International Conference on Consumer Protection held in New Delhi:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the First International Conference on Consumer Protection on empowering consumers in new markets for South, South East and East Asian Countries in New Delhi.
  • The theme of the conference was- “Empowering Consumers in New Markets”.

14th SAARCLAW Conference held in Colombo:

  • The 14th edition of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARCLAW) Conference was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • The Conference has been organized to provide platform to legal professionals to discuss the critical issues of mutual interests and emerging legal trends in the South Asian Countries.

11th Indo-US Trade Policy Forum Meeting held in Washington DC:

  • The 11th edition of Indo-US Trade Policy Forum meeting was recently held in Washington DC.
  • The important issues discussed were: Bilateral Trade, areas of mutual cooperation, agriculture, non-agricultural goods and services and Intellectual Property Rights.

India to host UN Wildlife Summit in 2020:

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that India is going to host the next Summit on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals Conference of Parties 13 (CMS COP-13) in 2020.
  • CMS COP is also known as the Global Wildlife Conference.
  • The 12th COP to CMS was recently held in Manila, Philippines in October 2017.

      

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