G20 ECSWG meeting to be held on March 27 in Gujarat

Aspects pertaining to branding, security, venue management, cultural events showcasing Gujarat’s traditions and other logistic arrangements were deliberated…reports Asian Lite News

The Second Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting will be held at Gandhinagar from March 27 to 29.

According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the Second ECSWG will commence with a side event on water resources management wherein presentations on Best Practices in Water Resources Management by G20 member countries will take place. “This will be followed by an excursion and site visit to Adalaj Vav which demonstrates the ancient water management practices of India and India’s long-standing tradition of conserving its water resources in a beautiful ambience,” the ministry said.

The ministry said that this will be followed by a site visit to ‘Sabarmati siphon and escape on Narmada main canal’, which demonstrates India’s engineering prowess as the Narmada river’s waters flow through a huge tunnel built under the bed of the river and continue on the other side. Delegates will also visit Sabarmati Riverfront, to witness the wastewater management practices like the use of treated water from the sewage treatment plants to replenish the river.

Over the subsequent two days, technical discussions on India ECSWG themes- Accelerating Ecosystem Restoration and Enriching Biodiversity; Promoting a Sustainable and Climate Resilient Blue Economy; and Encouraging Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy will take place.

Delegates will also get a glimpse of Gujarat’s vibrant cultural traditions through its dances and music performances, specially curated for the delegates.

To review the preparedness for the Second ECSWG meeting, a meeting was held today between the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Leena Nandan and Chief Secretary to Government of Gujarat, Raj Kumar. Secretary, MoEF&CC also held discussions with Head of structures/arrangement for G20 Summit meetings, Smt. Mona Khandhar. During the meeting, Addl Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Arunkumar Solanki; PCCF& HoFF, S K Chaturvedi, and PPCF(WL), Nityananad Srivastava from Forest department were also present.

Aspects pertaining to branding, security, venue management, cultural events showcasing Gujarat’s traditions and other logistic arrangements were deliberated.

The State Government assured full preparedness for a warm welcome to all G-20 delegates and to ensure that the event is a grand success.

India shall be holding the Presidency of G20 for one year, till 30th November 2023. The forum will bring together the G20 member countries, guest countries and international organisations invited by India. Through the Sherpa Track, 13 Working Groups and 2 initiatives will meet under India’s Presidency to discuss priorities and provide recommendations.

Environment and Climate Sustainability is one of the working groups under the Sherpa track. Four Meetings of the Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) are scheduled to be held at Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Mumbai and Chennai. These meetings will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

The first G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting concluded in Bengaluru on a positive note with all G20 countries expressing support on the themes outlined by MoEF&CC for India’s Presidency. (ANI)

Mizoram To Host G20 Meeting From March 1-3

Mizoram will host a G20 meeting here from March 1-3, where business delegates and diplomats from across the world are expected to participate, Chief Minister Zoramthanga said on Tuesday.

Around 85 local startups will also take part in the event at the Mizoram University (MZU) on the western outskirts of Aizawl, he said.

“The G20 meeting will bring together several policymakers, business leaders, along with representatives of multilateral organisations,” Zoramthanga told a press conference here.

The chief minister said 48 business delegates and 17 diplomats from 17 countries, including the US, Germany, China, France and Japan would participate in the meeting.

The event will focus on opportunities for business partnerships in areas like urban planning, infrastructure, startups, skill development, handloom and handicraft, he said.

Zoramthanga said the G20 meeting would provide a platform to project Mizoram as an important investment destination, besides giving the delegates a sneak peek into the culture, heritage and tourism potential of the state.

As part of the programme, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will facilitate Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) meetings, he added. India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1 last year.

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