The First G20 Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group meeting under India’s G20 Presidency will begin today at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr P K Mishra and Minister of State for Communication Devusinh Chauhan, will inaugurate the meeting.
Addressing the media at Gandhinagar, Member Secretary of National Disaster Management Authority Kamal Kishore said that five priority areas have been identified for the meeting which include an early warning for all, resilient infrastructure and improving the National system for financing Disaster Risk Reduction. Around 100 delegates from the G20 member countries, invitee countries and from nine International organisations are participating in the three day event.
During the meeting, two side events are planned on ‘Early Warning system and Disaster Resilient Infrastructure’. On the third day of the meeting, the participating delegates will be taken on a field visit to Smritivan Earthquake Memorial and Museum at Bhuj. The event also provides an opportunity to the delegates to get a glimpse of cultural heritage of Gujarat.
The second G20 Sherpa meeting under India's G20 Presidency will begin today at the picturesque Kumarakom village in Kerala's Kottayam district. Over 120 delegates, drawn from G20 member nations, representatives of nine invitee countries and various international and regional organizations will attend the four-day event, chaired by India's G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant.
The multilateral discussions at the meeting will focus on G20's economic and developmental priorities as well as contemporary global challenges. A range of cross-cutting issues of global concern, and the work being done under the 13 working groups under the Sherpa track will form part of the deliberations during the meet.
Two high-level side events on Digital Public Infrastructure and Green Development will also be held today. The Kumarakom meet will take forward the outcomes of various Sherpa Track and Finance Track meetings and form the basis of the Leader's Declaration, slated to be adopted at the New Delhi Summit in September later this year. (AIR NEWS)