Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare attended the 42nd session of FAO Conference virtually. conference highlighted by Indian agriculture performed well during the COVID-19 pandemic as it registered an all-time high production of foodgrains at 305 million tonne as well as in exports during 2020-21, contributing to the global food security.
About Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. It was founded in October 1945.
About FAO Conference
The Conference is the supreme governing body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Comprising all FAO Members meets in regular session every two years. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, approve the budget, and make recommendations to Members and international organizations on any matter pertaining to the purposes of FAO. The Conference also elects the Council.
About FAO Council
The Council is the executive organ of the Conference. It exercises powers delegated to it by the Conference and meets at least three times between regular Conference sessions. The Council comprises 49 Member Nations each elected by the Conference for a three-year term with one-third of the membership standing down each year.
Sources : PIB
India participate in G7 Summit on 12 to 13 June 2021 in virtual format. UK currently holds the Presidency of the G7 and has invited India, along with Australia, Republic of Korea and South Africa, as Guest Countries for the G7 Summit. The theme for the Summit is ‘Build Back Better’ and the UK has outlined four priority areas for its Presidency. These are
About G7 summit
The Group of Seven (G7) is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Its members are the world's largest IMF-advanced economies and wealthiest liberal democracies.
Sources : PIB
National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an organisation under the Ministry of Culture, GoI is collaborating with the Science Museum Group, London for an international travelling exhibition ‘Hunt for the Vaccine’. The exhibition will tell the story of the global effort to find new ways to develop vaccines at pandemic and look at vaccinations more broadly with a historical and contemporary view. The exhibition is scheduled to be inaugurated in November 2022 at Delhi and from there it will travel to other venues across India including metro cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The new exhibition with some local specific content will also showcase the efforts made by India during the COVID-19 pandemic period. It will also highlight the global issue through a series of programme & events, digital and learning resources etc. for enhanced public engagement and understanding of the vaccines.
About Science Museum Group
The Science Museum Group is a collection of British museums, welcoming over five million visitors each year to five sites:
About National Council of Science Museums
National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), a premiere institution in the field of science communication, is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Primarily engaged in popularizing Science and Technology through a network of science centres, Mobile Science Exhibitions (MSE) units that visit rural schools etc. Presently NCSM, with its Headquarters in Kolkata, administers and manages 25 science museums/centres spread across the country and is the world’s largest network of science centres and museums that functions under a single administrative umbrella with an annual reach to about 15 million people.
Sources : PIB
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in his capacity as Chairperson, Executive Board, World Health Organization (WHO) addressed the 149th Session of the WHO Executive Board Meeting through Video Conference.
About World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
About Executive Board of World Health Organization (WHO)
The Executive Board is composed of 34 technically qualified members elected for three-year terms. The annual Board meeting is held. The chairman of Executive Board is held by rotation basis for one year among regional groups.
Sources : PIB
The third edition of India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index is launched by NITI Aayog on 03 June 2021.The Index developed in collaboration with the United Nations in India. This index measures the progress at the national and sub-national level in the country’s journey towards meeting the Global Goals and targets. This edition of the index report focuses on the significance of partnerships and is titled “SDG India Index & Dashboard, 2020-21: Partnerships in The Decade of Action”.
About India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index
Implementing Agency : NITI Aayog
First Edition was launched in December 2018, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition among the States and Union Territories by ranking them on the Global Goals.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.
Sources : PIB