Ambition on Melting Ice(AMI) Group: COP27: 18 countries join group on cryosphere loss, see it as major contributor to sea-level rise

Source: The post is based on the article “COP27: 18 countries join group on cryosphere loss, see it as major contributor to sea-level rise” published in Down To Earth on 26th November. What is the News? At COP 27, a broad coalition of 18 governments — led by the two polar and mountain nations of… Continue reading Ambition on Melting Ice(AMI) Group: COP27: 18 countries join group on cryosphere loss, see it as major contributor to sea-level rise

India wins the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term

Source: The post is based on the article “India wins the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term” published in PIB on 25th November. What is the News? India wins the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25… Continue reading India wins the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term

Global Shield Against Climate Risks: COP27: Climate vulnerable countries, G7 launch plan for quick loss and damage funding

Source: The post is based on the article “COP27: Climate vulnerable countries, G7 launch plan for quick loss and damage funding” published in Down To Earth on 17th November 2022. What is the News? The Global Shield Against Climate Risks has been launched at COP27 in Egypt. What is Global Shield Against Climate Risks? Launched… Continue reading Global Shield Against Climate Risks: COP27: Climate vulnerable countries, G7 launch plan for quick loss and damage funding

Nine countries join alliance to boost offshore windpower

Source: The post is based on the article “Nine countries join alliance to boost offshore windpower” published in Economic Times on 10th November 2022. What is the News? Nine countries including Britain, Germany, the United States and Japan have joined the Global Offshore Wind Alliance(GOWA). What is Global Offshore Wind Alliance(GOWA)? Global Offshore Wind Alliance(GOWA)… Continue reading Nine countries join alliance to boost offshore windpower

What is the Mangrove Alliance for Climate, which India joined at COP27?

Source: The post is based on the article “What is the Mangrove Alliance for Climate, which India joined at COP27?” published in Indian Express on 11th November 2022. What is the News? At the 27th Session of Conference of Parties(COP27), Mangrove Alliance for Climate(MAC) was launched with India as a partner. What is the Mangrove… Continue reading What is the Mangrove Alliance for Climate, which India joined at COP27?

Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change speaks at the Middle East Green Initiative Summit 2022 at COP 27 Egypt

Source: The post is based on the article “Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change speaks at the Middle East Green Initiative Summit 2022 at COP 27 Egypt” published in PIB on 7th November 2022.  What is the News? The Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change has addressed the Middle East Green… Continue reading Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change speaks at the Middle East Green Initiative Summit 2022 at COP 27 Egypt

Goa hosts Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation(CANSO) Asia Pacific Conference

Source: The post is based on the article “Goa hosts Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation(CANSO) Asia Pacific Conference” published in PIB on 2nd November 2022. What is the News? Goa is hosting the three day Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation(CANSO) Conference. The theme of the conference is “Think Global, Collaborate Regional, Accomplish Local”. What is… Continue reading Goa hosts Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation(CANSO) Asia Pacific Conference

Suspension of Black Sea Grain initiative expected to further exacerbate food security, fuel, fertilizer supply challenges: India

Source: The post is based on the article “Suspension of Black Sea Grain initiative expected to further exacerbate food security, fuel, fertilizer supply challenges: India” published in Indian Express on 1st November 2022. What is the News? India has said the suspension of the Black Sea Grain initiative is expected to further exacerbate food security,… Continue reading Suspension of Black Sea Grain initiative expected to further exacerbate food security, fuel, fertilizer supply challenges: India

In a first, UNSC’s Counter Terrorism Committee to meet in India this week

Source: The post is based on the article “In a first, UNSC’s Counter Terrorism Committee to meet in India this week” published in Indian Express on 27th October 2022 What is the News? India is hosting a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee(CTC). What is Counter-Terrorism Committee(CTC)? The Counter-Terrorism Committee(CTC)… Continue reading In a first, UNSC’s Counter Terrorism Committee to meet in India this week

CICA: At Kazakhstan meeting, India terms Pakistan epicentre of terrorism

Source: The post is based on the article “At Kazakhstan meeting, India terms Pakistan epicentre of terrorism” published in The Hindu on 14th October 2022. What is the News? Minister of State for External Affairs has recently rejected Pakistan’s statement on the Kashmir issue at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in… Continue reading CICA: At Kazakhstan meeting, India terms Pakistan epicentre of terrorism

The Interpol General Assembly meeting in Delhi

Source: The post is based on the article “The Interpol General Assembly meeting in Delhi” published in The Hindu on 14th October 2022. What is the News? The General Assembly of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) is meeting in Delhi for four days. This is the second time since 1997 the 195-member-strong body is holding such a… Continue reading The Interpol General Assembly meeting in Delhi

PM addresses United Nations World Geospatial International Congress

Source: The post is based on the following articles “PM addresses United Nations World Geospatial International Congress” published in the PIB on 11th October 2022. “India’s geospatial economy is expected to cross Rs 63,000 crore by 2025 at a growth rate of 12.8% and to provide employment to more than 10 lakh people” published in… Continue reading PM addresses United Nations World Geospatial International Congress

G4 countries highlight ‘urgent need’ for reform in the U.N. Security Council

Source: The post is based on the article “G4 countries highlight ‘urgent need’ for reform in the U.N. Security Council” published in The Hindu on 24th September 2022. What is the News? India’s External Affairs Minister met with his counterparts from Germany, Brazil and Japan under The Group of Four(G4) banner. What is the Group… Continue reading G4 countries highlight ‘urgent need’ for reform in the U.N. Security Council

AIBD Unanimously extends India’s Presidency for one more year

Source: The post is based on the article “AIBD Unanimously extends India’s Presidency for one more year” published in PIB on 20th September 2022. What is the News? The 47th Asia-pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD) Annual Gathering meeting was held in New Delhi. At this meeting, the member countries have decided to extend India’s… Continue reading AIBD Unanimously extends India’s Presidency for one more year

Explained | Will the future of the Commonwealth change?

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained | Will the future of the Commonwealth change?” published in The Hindu on 20th September 2022. What is the News? The death of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom marks not only the end of an era for the British monarchy but also a turning… Continue reading Explained | Will the future of the Commonwealth change?

Green Fins Hub: UNEP launches new worldwide digital platform to encourage sustainable marine tourism

Source: The post is based on the article “UNEP launches new worldwide digital platform to encourage sustainable marine tourism” published in Down To Earth on 16th September 2022. What is the News? The United Nations Environmental Programme(UNEP), along with UK-based charity Reef-World Foundation has launched the Green Fins Hub. What is Green Fins Hub? The… Continue reading Green Fins Hub: UNEP launches new worldwide digital platform to encourage sustainable marine tourism

Union Minister takes part in the first in-person Ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Forum in Los Angeles

Source: The post is based on the article “Union Minister takes part in the first in-person Ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Forum in Los Angeles” published in PIB on 10th September 2022. What is the News? The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry attended the first in-person Ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Forum… Continue reading Union Minister takes part in the first in-person Ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Forum in Los Angeles

IRENA and Industry Leaders Launch the Alliance for Industry Decarbonization

Source: The post is based on the article “IRENA and Industry Leaders Launch the Alliance for Industry Decarbonization” published in IRENA on 1st September 2022. What is the News? The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)and 13 companies across all industry sectors have launched the Global Alliance for Industry Decarbonization. What is the Global Alliance for… Continue reading IRENA and Industry Leaders Launch the Alliance for Industry Decarbonization

PM virtually addresses Plenary Session of 7th Eastern Economic Forum

Source: The post is based on the article “PM virtually addresses Plenary Session of 7th Eastern Economic Forum” published in AIR on 7th September 2022 What is the News? The Prime Minister of India has virtually addressed the Plenary Session of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum. What are the key highlights from the PM’s address… Continue reading PM virtually addresses Plenary Session of 7th Eastern Economic Forum

Supply Chain Ministerial Forum: India adopts joint statement on cooperation on global supply chains

Source: The post is based on the article “India adopts joint statement on cooperation on global supply chains” published in Economic Times on 22nd July 2022. What is the News? The US State Department released a Joint Statement of the 2022 Supply Chain Ministerial Forum, focusing on the global challenge which includes – the COVID-19… Continue reading Supply Chain Ministerial Forum: India adopts joint statement on cooperation on global supply chains

Explained: What are rare earth elements, and why is India keen to join a global alliance to ensure their supply?

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: What are rare earth elements, and why is India keen to join a global alliance to ensure their supply?” published in Indian Express on 4th August 2022. What is the News? India is working through its diplomatic channels to fetch an entry into the Mineral Security… Continue reading Explained: What are rare earth elements, and why is India keen to join a global alliance to ensure their supply?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and its stature in the modern world

Source: The post is based on the article “The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and its stature in the modern world” published in The Hindu on 19th July 2022. What is the News? Iran and Belarus could soon become the newest members of the China and Russia-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO). What is Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO)? Click Here… Continue reading The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and its stature in the modern world

Explained: Interpol’s ICSE initiative on child sex abuse, now joined by the CBI

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: Interpol’s ICSE initiative on child sex abuse, now joined by the CBI” published in Indian Express on 11th July 2022. What is the News? India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has joined Interpol’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) Initiative. What is the International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE)… Continue reading Explained: Interpol’s ICSE initiative on child sex abuse, now joined by the CBI

Explained: What is the US-led ‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’ initiative to counter China?

What is the News? The US and its allies — Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United Kingdom — have launched the ‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’ Initiative. What is the Partners in the Blue Pacific(PBP) initiative? Launched by: US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United Kingdom  Purpose: It is an “informal mechanism” to… Continue reading Explained: What is the US-led ‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’ initiative to counter China?

India-ASEAN conclave: Foreign ministers agree on unified response to global issues

What is the News? The Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers Meeting was held in New Delhi. What is the Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers Meeting? Chaired by: The meeting was co-chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister and Singapore Foreign Minister. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Ministers of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Lao PDR,… Continue reading India-ASEAN conclave: Foreign ministers agree on unified response to global issues

India, Israel, US, UAE are I2U2, summit next month

What is the News? The US President will host a virtual summit of I2U2 Grouping in July,2022. What is I2U2? I2U2 is the grouping formed by four nations-India, Israel, UAE and the US. The countries share various common global issues including food security crisis and defense. When is the first summit of I2U2? The first… Continue reading India, Israel, US, UAE are I2U2, summit next month

Explained | What is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation?

What is the News? The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretariat has condemned and denounced the comments on Prophet Muhammed made by two national spokespersons of the Indian political party. In response, a spokesperson at the Ministry of External Affairs stated that India rejected the OIC Secretariat’s unwarranted and narrow-minded comments. What is the Organization… Continue reading Explained | What is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation?

India is poised to play a leadership role in global digital revolution: Union Minister at World Summit of Information Society(WSIS) 2022

What is the News? The Minister of State for Communications has attended the opening ceremony of the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) 2022 held in Geneva, Switzerland. What is the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) 2022? ​​The World Summit on the Information Society(WSIS) 2022 represents the world’s largest annual gathering of Information… Continue reading India is poised to play a leadership role in global digital revolution: Union Minister at World Summit of Information Society(WSIS) 2022

India joins First Movers Coalition to decarbonise carbon-heavy sectors

What is the News? India has joined a public-private partnership initiative called First Movers Coalition. What is the First Movers Coalition? Launched by: President of the USA and the World Economic Forum(WEF) at COP26. Aim: To decarbonise the heavy industry and long-distance transport sectors that are responsible for 30 percent of global emissions. Target Sectors:… Continue reading India joins First Movers Coalition to decarbonise carbon-heavy sectors

India to join Biden’s new trade initiative for Indo-Pacific region

What is the News? The US President has launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). The negotiations will begin shortly and these are expected to centre around four main pillars, including trade, supply chain resiliency, clean energy and decarbonisation, and taxes and anti-corruption measures. Indian PM has mentioned that India will work together with… Continue reading India to join Biden’s new trade initiative for Indo-Pacific region

Explained: What is the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework?

What is the News? The United States President is expected to launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). What is the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)? In October 2021, the US administration announced the development of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework(IPEF). Pillars: The IPEF is built on four modules: 1) fair and resilient trade (including digital, labour, environmental… Continue reading Explained: What is the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework?

India signs Host Country Agreement with the International Telecommunication Union for establishment of Area Office & Innovation Center at New Delhi

What is the news? India’s Union Minister of Communications and Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has signed the Host Country Agreement (HCA) for the establishment of an Area Office & Innovation Center of ITU in New Delhi. What is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)? International Telecommunication Union(ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency… Continue reading India signs Host Country Agreement with the International Telecommunication Union for establishment of Area Office & Innovation Center at New Delhi

AUKUS Security Alliance – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction A week before the meeting of Quad leaders in Washington DC, the US administration announced a new trilateral security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, between Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. (AUKUS). As part of this, Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines with help from the U.K. and the US within 18 months. There is… Continue reading AUKUS Security Alliance – Explained, pointwise

Way forward for India at UNSC

Synopsis: As India assumes UNSC membership for the 8th time as one of the 10 non-permanent members, it should integrate UNSC functions with national objectives while adjusting to changed realities.  Introduction   Dynamics at UNSC have changed completely since the cold war, while India’s attitude has changed from the reactive to the proactive.  India needs to align its goals of national objectives at UNSC with the present dynamics at… Continue reading Way forward for India at UNSC

15th East Asia Summit

News: India’s External Affairs Minister has represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit(EAS). Facts: The summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of Vietnam. During the summit, countries adopted the Ha Noi Declaration and discussed ways to strengthen the EAS platform and make it more responsive to emerging challenges. Additional Facts: East Asia Summit:… Continue reading 15th East Asia Summit

206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

News: The 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) will be held from 1st to 4th November 2020. Facts: Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU): It was established in 1889 as a global organization of national parliaments. Aim: To promote parliamentary dialogue worldwide and works for peace and cooperation among the people. Members: It consists of… Continue reading 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

IBSA

News: External Affairs Minister of India has chaired the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Foreign Ministers meet. Facts: The countries called for accelerated and comprehensive reforms of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). They also agreed to extend their support to the African Union in accordance with the Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration. Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte… Continue reading IBSA

WHO South East Asia Region (SEAR)

News: The 73rd session of WHO South East Asia Region was held under the Chairmanship of Minister of Health, Thailand. Facts: WHO South East Asia Region (SEAR): It was established at the First World Health Assembly in 1948. Objective: To address persisting and emerging epidemiological and demographic challenges in the South East Asia Region. Member… Continue reading WHO South East Asia Region (SEAR)

BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC): It is a regional organization founded in 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration. Aim: To create an enabling environment for economic development; accelerate social progress and promote collaboration on matters of common interest in the region. Members: It comprises seven Member States: five deriving from… Continue reading BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

News: After 35 years, India has assumed the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization(ILO). International Labour Organization(ILO): Established in: 1919 Aim: To promote social and economic justice through setting up of international labour standards. Members: 187 member states Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Significance: It is the first affiliated specialized agency of the United… Continue reading International Labour Organization (ILO)

G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group

News: Union Minister has addressed the 1st ever Ministerial Meeting of G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group. Facts: G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group: It was set up in June 2010 at the Toronto Summit of G-20. Objective: To prepare comprehensive recommendations for consideration by leaders on how the G20 could continue to make practical and valuable contributions to… Continue reading G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group

India’s UN journey and its role

What are the different phases of India’s journey in UN? Phase 1- Before the end of the Cold War in 1989- The Indian leadership learned that the UN could not be relied upon to impartially resolve vital security disputes. The UN only to focus on common causes such as anti-colonialism, anti-racism, nuclear disarmament, environment conservation… Continue reading India’s UN journey and its role

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 during the G7 Summit in Paris. Its Secretariat is located at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris. The objectives of the FATF are to (a) set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures… Continue reading Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

UN Reforms

Source- Live Mint Context- UN  reforms are urgently required. India’s absence from UN decision-making structures and lack of genuine reforms might force India to look for alternatives. What are the current issues of the UN? Ineffectiveness of UN-The UN has been unable to respond effectively to the once-in-a-century global crisis triggered by the coronavirus. A… Continue reading UN Reforms

About Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) 

Quad is an informal strategic forum among the like-minded democracies across the Indian and the Pacific Ocean aimed to ensure and support a “free, open and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region. It comprises of the USA, India, Japan and Australia. It is rooted in the formation of “core group”, in response to Tsunami in 2004. The idea was… Continue reading About Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) 

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP was created in 1961 as an experiment to provide food aid through the UN system and in 1965, it was enshrined as a fully-fledged UN programme. It launched its 1st development program in Sudan. Headquarters: Rome, Italy Since then, WFP has been forefront at the conflict-ridden countries like for humanitarian assistance to the hungry and… Continue reading World Food Programme (WFP)