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1st G20 Sustainable Finance Group meeting kicks off in Guwahati

GUWAHATI:

The first-ever G20 meeting kicked off at Hotel Radisson Blu in Guwahati on February 2, with Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurating the two-day event, which will deliberate on sustainable financing solutions.

As many as 100 delegates, including 95 foreign delegates took part in the event.

Among the foreign delegates, there are two representatives from the USA, one from Mexico, two from Canada, two from Argentina, three from Brazil, five from European Union

Two from Saudi Arabia, one from Singapore, two from Germany, one from the Republic of Korea, two from UAE, two from South Africa, six from China, two from Switzerland, two from Nigeria, one from Turkey, three from Italy, three from France, five from Indonesia, one from Australia, three from Japan, four from Russia, two from UK, one from Spain and one delegate from Netherlands are taking part in the vent.

In addition to this, high officials of IMF, two from NDB, two from the Bank for International Settlement, one from the International Finance Corporation, two from Coalition Disaster Resilience Infrastructure, three from AIIB, five from UNDP, one from GI Hub, one from OFCD, one from European Investment Bank, and a high official from ADB are taking part in the event.

Addressing the inaugural function, Sonowal said: “As the world continues to battle the fragilities of our fundamental global systems exposed more so by COVID-19, India’s G20 Presidency has come at a crucial midpoint of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. It is most opportune for our nation to catalyse a fundamental mindset mindset shift and benefit humanity by acting collectively and together.”

“The vision of our PM is to act for a better tomorrow. We, who live in & around our nature, must own & bear primary responsibility for humanity, peace, stability & prosperity for all. Therefore, accelerating progress on SDGs along with a focus on green development and swift climate action lies at the core of India’s G20 Priorities,” Sonowal said.

“The vision is to position AYUSH traditional healthcare systems as the preferred systems of living and practice for attaining a healthy India. Our ministry is undertaking tremendous efforts in contributing to the SDGs related to health, nutrition, and wellbeing. India has been able to create a unique eco-system for Holistic Healthcare, combining the best of modern medicine, traditional medicine, and wellness treatments, he said.

He said the aim is to channel India’s ancient wisdom and traditional knowledge and capitalize on it to pave the way for a sustainable future.

“The Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit, 2022 echoed the resolve of the country to curb single-use plastic with dedicated efforts to minimize carbon footprints,” he also said.

Estimated use of more than 1 lakh plastic bottles, 15000 plastic bags and 50 thousand plastic cutleries were avoided during the events leading to an estimated reduction of 119437.5 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), he further said.

“In addition, various strategies and efforts are being made to implement and include the preliminary knowledge of Ayurveda and Yoga in the school syllabus. Further, India as a WHO member state, and host of the new WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, is committed to continuing leadership and support for the fruition of achieving the goals mentioned in TM strategy 2014-23, and the inclusion of Traditional Medicine in implementation of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-3) as proposed,” he added.

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