Global Trends Report on Forced Displacements Released by UNHCR

What is the News? The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released the Global Trends Report on Forced Displacements. About Global Trends Report: The Global Trends Report is an annual report. UNHCR publishes this report. Purpose: The report counts and tracks the numbers of refugees, internally displaced people. It also tracks people who have… Continue reading Global Trends Report on Forced Displacements Released by UNHCR

“Global Peace Index 2021” Released

What is the News? The 15th edition of Global Peace Index 2021 has been released. About Global Peace Index: The Global Peace Index is released by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), an international think tank. Aim: The index presents the most comprehensive analysis of trends in peace. It ranks countries according to their levels… Continue reading “Global Peace Index 2021” Released

“World Competitiveness Index 2021”: India maintained 43rd position

What is the news? World Competitiveness Index 2021 has been released by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). About World Competitiveness Index The World Competitiveness Index is an annual report published since 1989. Released by: The index is released by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). Aim: The index ranks 64 economies. It assesses the… Continue reading “World Competitiveness Index 2021”: India maintained 43rd position

UNESCO Science Report Finds India’s investment in Research Unsatisfactory

What is the News? The UNESCO Science Report(USR) has been released. About UNESCO Science Report(USR): UNESCO Science Report is a global monitoring report. It is published every five years by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Objective: The report monitors trends in science governance worldwide to identify which development path countries are following. Latest… Continue reading UNESCO Science Report Finds India’s investment in Research Unsatisfactory

NATO Summit 2021 – Countries Agreed to Step Up Defense

What is the News? The NATO Summit was held recently in Brussels. During the summit, countries agreed to step up their collective defence against threats from all directions. Key Outcomes of NATO Summit NATO summit concluded on the following points:- It will respond to Russia’s increasing nuclear arsenal. Further, It called on Iran to stop… Continue reading NATO Summit 2021 – Countries Agreed to Step Up Defense

“World Giving Index 2021” – 10th Edition Released

What is the News? The 10th edition of the World Giving Index (WGI) 2021 has been released. About World Giving Index(WGI): The World Giving Index(WGI) is published by the Charities Aid Foundation(CAF). Parameters: The index provides combined insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. It looks at three aspects of giving behavior… Continue reading “World Giving Index 2021” – 10th Edition Released

G7 Summit Presents a Template for Indian Engagement With the West

Synopsis: The recent meeting of G7 countries was attended by India as a guest country. The meeting provided a template for Indian engagement with the West based on shared democratic values and mutual cooperation. Background: The recent summit of G7 countries took place in Cornwall, England from 11-13th June 2021. India, Australia, South Korea, and… Continue reading G7 Summit Presents a Template for Indian Engagement With the West

“SIPRI Yearbook 2021”: China, India, Pakistan expanding “nuclear arsenal”

What is the News? Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) has released the SIPRI Yearbook 2021. The report assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. What are the key findings of the SIPRI Yearbook 2021? Nine Nuclear-Armed States- the US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea together possessed an… Continue reading “SIPRI Yearbook 2021”: China, India, Pakistan expanding “nuclear arsenal”

G7 accommodates Indian stand on the need for “Internet shutdown”

What is the News? The G7 countries statement on the Internet Shutdown was amended after India objected to the original language criticising “Internet shutdowns”. Internet Shutdowns all over the world: According to a report by digital rights and privacy organisation Access Now, of the total 155 internet shutdowns globally in 2020, India alone accounted for… Continue reading G7 accommodates Indian stand on the need for “Internet shutdown”

Key Outcomes of the G7 Summit

What is the News? The 47th Group of Seven(G7) summit has concluded in Cornwall, UK. India also virtually participated in the summit as a guest country. What are the key outcomes of the summit? On Covid-19 Pandemic: The G7 countries have pledged to donate 1 billion vaccine doses to poorer countries by the end of… Continue reading Key Outcomes of the G7 Summit

“Small Island Developing States” faced most GDP loss in 2020: UN report

What is the News? The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD) has released a report titled “Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures”. The report highlights the numerous challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Key Findings of the Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures Report: Small island developing states(SIDS) faced thrice as much fall… Continue reading “Small Island Developing States” faced most GDP loss in 2020: UN report

G7 countries (Group of 7)- Issues and Prospects – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The meeting of G7 countries is going on in Cornwall, England. The expectation from this meeting is to draw out a framework that is inclusive and resilient in nature. The new Cornwall Consensus should be able to overcome the lacunas of the current Washington consensus. The Washington consensus supports the notion of free market… Continue reading G7 countries (Group of 7)- Issues and Prospects – Explained, Pointwise

“G7 summit” takes place in the UK: Indian PM will participate virtually

What is the News? Indian Prime Minister will participate in the Outreach Sessions of the G7 Summit in virtual format. What is G7? The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation of the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies. They are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. The European Union… Continue reading “G7 summit” takes place in the UK: Indian PM will participate virtually

“Global Liveability Index” 2021 Released by EIU

What is the News? Economist Intelligence Unit(EIU) has released the Global Liveability Index 2021. About Global Liveability Index: The index assesses the locations that provide the best and the worst living conditions around the world. It assesses 140 cities around the world. Parameters: The index takes into account more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors. These… Continue reading “Global Liveability Index” 2021 Released by EIU

“Child Labour: Global estimates 2020” report released by ILO

What is the news? “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward” report has been released by International Labour Organization and UNICEF. What is Child labour? As per ILO, Child labour is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to their physical… Continue reading “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020” report released by ILO

How is the “UN Secretary-General” appointed?

What is the news? Secretary-General António Guterres has been formally approved for a second term by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He will have a term of five more years starting January 1, 2022. The recommendation will now go to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) which is expected to make the appointment. Process of… Continue reading How is the “UN Secretary-General” appointed?

“Operation Pangea” of Interpol targets counterfeit and illicit health products

What is the News? Interpol has conducted Operation Pangea XIV to target the sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines and medical products. About Operation Pangea: Operation Pangea is an international effort to target the online sale of counterfeit and illicit health products. It also aims to raise public awareness of the potential dangers of buying… Continue reading “Operation Pangea” of Interpol targets counterfeit and illicit health products

“Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons” and “Chemical Weapons Convention”

What is the news? The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has informed the United Nations(UN) Security Council (UNSC) that in 17 cases, chemical weapons were likely or definitely used by Syria. About Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW): OPCW is an intergovernmental organization and the implementing body for the Chemical… Continue reading “Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons” and “Chemical Weapons Convention”

World Bank’s “Global Economic Prospects Report” predicts India’s growth as 8.3%

What is the News? The World Bank has released the Global Economic Prospects Report. About the Global Economic Prospects Report: Global Economic Prospects is a World Bank Group flagship report. It is issued twice a year, in January and June. Aim: To examine global economic developments and prospects with a special focus on emerging markets… Continue reading World Bank’s “Global Economic Prospects Report” predicts India’s growth as 8.3%

China hosts “ASEAN foreign ministers meeting”

What is the news? China is hosting ASEAN foreign ministers meeting this year. This year (2021) also marks the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations between China and the 10-member ASEAN countries. Association of Southeast Asian Nations Read Also :-India and East Asia Relations Key Focus of the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting: The meeting will… Continue reading China hosts “ASEAN foreign ministers meeting”

NTPC joins “UN’s CEO Water Mandate” to work on water conservation

What is the News? India’s largest power utility, NTPC Ltd has become a signatory of UN’s CEO Water Mandate. About UN’s CEO Water Mandate: UN’s CEO Water Mandate is a UN Global Compact initiative to demonstrate the commitment and efforts of companies towards better water and sanitation agendas as part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).… Continue reading NTPC joins “UN’s CEO Water Mandate” to work on water conservation

INTERPOL launches “I-Familia” to identify missing persons

What is the News? Interpol has launched a new global database named “I-Familia”. About I-Familia: I-Familia is a global database launched to identify missing persons through family DNA. It will help the police to solve cases in member countries. Interpol applies cutting-edge scientific research and uses the DNA of relatives to identify missing persons or… Continue reading INTERPOL launches “I-Familia” to identify missing persons

ILO releases “World Employment and Social Outlook” report

What is the News? The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released the annual World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021 (WESO) report. About the World Employment and Social Outlook report: The report analyses key labour market issues including unemployment, labour underutilisation, working poverty, income inequality, labour income share and factors that exclude people from decent… Continue reading ILO releases “World Employment and Social Outlook” report

World Health Assembly Adopts New Resolution to End Malaria

What is the News? The 74th World Health Assembly(WHA) has adopted a new resolution to end malaria. It will accelerate efforts towards this aim. About the Resolution to End Malaria: The resolution is led by the United States of America and Zambia. The aim of the resolution is to urge the Member States to step up… Continue reading World Health Assembly Adopts New Resolution to End Malaria

Jan 30 Declared World “Neglected Tropical Diseases” Day by WHA

What is the News? The 74th World Health Assembly has declared January 30 as ‘World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day. About World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day: The first World Neglected Tropical Diseases(NTD) Day was celebrated informally in 2020. UAE moved the proposal to recognize this day as ‘World NTD Day’ Significance: World NTD Day… Continue reading Jan 30 Declared World “Neglected Tropical Diseases” Day by WHA

WHO report on “Origin of Covid-19”: India seeks more studies on virus

What is the News? India has welcomed the global study on the origin of Covid-19 convened by the World Health Organisation(WHO). However, India demanded initiating further studies in order to reach robust conclusions. WHO report on Origin of Covid-19: The report had listed “four pathways” or possible options that led to the Covid-19 pandemic: A… Continue reading WHO report on “Origin of Covid-19”: India seeks more studies on virus

“One Health High-Level Expert Panel” – A WHO panel to investigate zoonotic diseases

What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) has formed a One Health High-Level Expert Panel. About One Health High-Level Expert Panel: Purpose: The panel has been formed to study the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases. Such as H5N1, avian influenza, MERS, Ebola, Zika and possibly the novel coronavirus disease(COVID-19). Mandate of the Panel:… Continue reading “One Health High-Level Expert Panel” – A WHO panel to investigate zoonotic diseases

Union Minister virtually Chairs 74th “World Health Assembly”

What is the News? As the Chairman of WHO Executive Board, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare of India has virtually chaired the 74th World Health Assembly. WHO Decision Making Bodies: The World Health Organisation(WHO) is governed by two decision-making bodies — the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board. About World Health Assembly:… Continue reading Union Minister virtually Chairs 74th “World Health Assembly”

“Global Health Summit 2021” adopted “Rome Declaration”

What is the News? The Virtual Global Health Summit 2021 is being held in Rome, Italy. About Global Health Summit 2021: Global Health Summit was organised by Italy in its role as president of the G20 in partnership with the European Commission. Purpose: The summit seeks to empower and enable stakeholders to address the challenges… Continue reading “Global Health Summit 2021” adopted “Rome Declaration”

Lithuania quits China’s “17+1 cooperation forum”

What is the News? Lithuania has pulled out of China’s 17+1 cooperation forum with central and eastern European states. About 17+1 cooperation forum: The 17+1 cooperation forum is a China-led initiative founded in the year 2012. Aim: The aim is to expand cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European(CEE) member countries. This is… Continue reading Lithuania quits China’s “17+1 cooperation forum”

“BRICS Astronomy Working Group” Proposes Networking of Existing Telescopes

What is the News? India virtually hosted the 7th meeting of the BRICS Astronomy Working Group (BAWG) under the Science, Technology, and Innovation track of the BRICS 2021. Note: India has assumed the BRICS Presidency from January 2021. About BRICS Astronomy Working Group(BAWG): Astronomy was established as one of five thematic science areas within BRICS… Continue reading “BRICS Astronomy Working Group” Proposes Networking of Existing Telescopes

World Bank’s “Migration and Development Brief”: India is the top receiver of remittances

What is the News? The World Bank has released a report titled “Migration and Development Brief, 2020”. Key Findings of the Migration and Development Brief:  Findings Related to India: Firstly, India has received the highest amount of remittances in 2020. This was followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines, Egypt, Pakistan, France and Bangladesh. Secondly, India’s… Continue reading World Bank’s “Migration and Development Brief”: India is the top receiver of remittances

Shakuntala Haraksingh of Indian descent wins “World Food Prize”

What is the News? Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh, a global nutrition expert of Indian descent has won the prestigious 2021 World Food Prize. She was awarded for her research in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. About World Food Prize: Firstly, the World Food Prize is an international honor recognizing the achievements of… Continue reading Shakuntala Haraksingh of Indian descent wins “World Food Prize”

US joins “Christchurch Call to Action” against online extremism

What is the News? The United States has announced that it will be joining “Christchurch Call to Action” against online extremism. About Christchurch Call to Action: Christchurch Call to Action was launched during the Online Extremism Summit in Paris, France in 2019. The summit was co-chaired by New Zealand and France. Objective: The Christchurch Call… Continue reading US joins “Christchurch Call to Action” against online extremism

India participates in the “3rd Arctic Science Ministerial”

What is the News? India is participating in the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) meeting. About Arctic Science Ministerial(ASM): Arctic Science Ministerial(ASM) is a global platform for discussing research and cooperation in the Arctic region. The USA and Germany held the first two Arctic Science Ministerial(ASM) meetings in 2016 and in 2018 respectively. 3rd Arctic… Continue reading India participates in the “3rd Arctic Science Ministerial”

GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

What is the News? Global Network Against Food Crises(GNAFC) has released the “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”. Key Findings: Firstly, more than 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity in 2020. This is an increase of 20 million as compared to 2019. Secondly, two-thirds of the people in acute food crisis levels were in… Continue reading GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

India’s Oil Imports From OPEC Down To 20-Year Low

What is the News? The share of India’s oil imports from OPEC countries dropped to its lowest in at least 20 years in the fiscal year ending March 2021. India’s Oil Imports: India’s overall oil imports fell by nearly 12% in the Fiscal Year 2021 compared to the previous fiscal year. Of all those imports,… Continue reading India’s Oil Imports From OPEC Down To 20-Year Low

“Global Electric Vehicles Outlook 2021” released by IEA

What is the News? International Energy Agency(IEA) has released a report titled “Global Electric Vehicle Outlook Report,2021”. The Global EV Outlook(GEVO) is an annual report published by IEA. The report looks at the latest EV trends. Apart from that, it also looks at the drivers for road transport sector electrification around the world. Key Findings… Continue reading “Global Electric Vehicles Outlook 2021” released by IEA

“Immunisation Agenda 2030 or IA2030” launched on World Immunisation Week.

What is the News? Global agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, GAVI and others have launched the Immunisation Agenda 2030 or IA2030 during World Immunisation Week. World Immunisation Week: It is celebrated every year in the last week of April. It aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all… Continue reading “Immunisation Agenda 2030 or IA2030” launched on World Immunisation Week.

Saudi Arabia joins “Net Zero Producers Forum” on climate change

What is the News? Saudi Arabia has announced that it will be joining Canada, the US, Qatar and Norway in the formation of the Net Zero Producers Forum. About Net Zero Producers Forum: The Net Zero Producers Forum has been formed for the oil and gas producing countries. The Forum aims to discuss the ways… Continue reading Saudi Arabia joins “Net Zero Producers Forum” on climate change

Migrants Workers, Who Returned to Cities Earned five-fold : Study

What is the News?  Yale University tracked 5,000 migrants workers across north and central India from April 2020 to February 2021. Recently, it released the findings of the survey. The survey was conducted over the phone by researchers from Yale and the Inclusion Economics India Centre. Bihar and Chhattisgarh are “source states”. What are the… Continue reading Migrants Workers, Who Returned to Cities Earned five-fold : Study

“Supply Chain Resilience Initiative or SCRI” launched by India, Japan and Australia

What is the News? India, Japan, and Australia have launched the SCRI or Supply Chain Resilience Initiative in a virtual Trilateral Ministerial Meeting. What do you mean by Supply Chain Resilience? It is the capability of the supply chain of a country to handle any kind of disruption and function normally in difficult times. One approach… Continue reading “Supply Chain Resilience Initiative or SCRI” launched by India, Japan and Australia

“Chandlers Good Governance Index” 2021 Released

What is the News?  The Chandler Good Government Index(CGGI) 2021 has been released. About Chandler Good Government Index(CGGI): The Chandler Institute of Governance(CIG) publishes the Chandler Good Government Index(CGGI) . It is an international non-profit organization, with headquarter in Singapore. Objective: The index measures the effectiveness and capabilities of 104 governments around the world in… Continue reading “Chandlers Good Governance Index” 2021 Released

India is 3rd Highest Military Spender in 2020: SIPRI

What is the News? Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) released a report titled “Trends in World Military Expenditure Report, 2020”. The report provides data related to the military expenditure by countries in 2020. Note: SIPRI is an independent international institute established in 1966 in Stockholm, Sweden. Its functions are to research into conflict, armaments, arms control, and disarmament.… Continue reading India is 3rd Highest Military Spender in 2020: SIPRI

“GloLitter Partnerships Project” – 30 countries join the initiative to tackle marine litter

What is the News? Around 30 Countries from across the oceans have joined the GloLitter Partnerships Project to tackle marine plastic litter. GloLitter Partnerships Project: GloLitter Partnerships Project was launched by the International Maritime Organization(IMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO). The Government of Norway provided initial funding for the project. Aim:… Continue reading “GloLitter Partnerships Project” – 30 countries join the initiative to tackle marine litter

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons or OPCW

What is the News? India’s Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) GC Murmu selected as an external auditor to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons(OPCW). His term will be for 3 years, starting in 2021. India was also selected as a member of the Executive Council of the OPCW. It is representing Asia Group for… Continue reading Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons or OPCW

“UN-ECOSOC” -India Elected to 3 Key Bodies

What is the News? India has been elected to three key bodies of the UN ECOSOC (United Nations’ Economic and Social Council). These bodies are the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Executive Board of UN Women, Executive Board of the World Food Programme. United Nations Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) UN- ECOSOC was established… Continue reading “UN-ECOSOC” -India Elected to 3 Key Bodies

India hosted the 5th session of “Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs”

What is the News? The fifth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) has been virtually inaugurated. About Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs(CCSCH): The Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs(CCSCH) was established in 2013. It was established with the support of more than a hundred countries under the… Continue reading India hosted the 5th session of “Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs”

“E-2025 initiative” – WHO Identifies 25 countries with potential to be malaria-free by 2025

What is the News? WHO has launched the E-2025 initiative. Under this initiative WHO Identifies 25 countries with the potential to be malaria-free by 2025. Malaria: It is a disease caused by Plasmodium parasites. It transmits to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. World Malaria Day: World Malaria Day is observed on… Continue reading “E-2025 initiative” – WHO Identifies 25 countries with potential to be malaria-free by 2025