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6th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development begins in New Delhi

The sixth edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) began in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

The three days conference seeks to address issues ranging from crowded city centres to peripheral expansion, metropolitan based urban population growth, megacities and urban corridors etc.

Key Facts
  • In this conference ministers and senior officials from 68 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to deliberate on challenges of urban planning and management.
  • It will adopt Delhi Declaration and implementation plan for aligning urban development strategies of member countries with New Urban Agenda adopted at Quito, Eucador.
  • During the conference, five working groups will deliberate on different sub-themes like Integrated Planning, Management and Governance Structures.
  • They will also be ensuring sustainable and natural disaster resilient urban development including climate change.
  • The conference assumes significance considering that Asia Pacific Region accounts for 60% of the world population and 55% of global urban population. 

About New Urban Agenda

  • It was adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (also known as “Habitat III” conference) held in Quito, Ecuador.
  • It sets the global vision of sustainable urbanization for the next 20 years. It is a set of 175 commitments that countries need to adhere to tackle challenges of urbanization.
  • It is considered as roadmap for building cities that can serve as engines of prosperity and centres of social and cultural well-being while protecting the environment.
  • It provides guidance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and provides the underpinning for actions to address climate change.

About APMCHUD

APMCHUD is an intergovernmental mechanism for collaboration and cooperation in the field of housing and development among Asia Pacific countries. It was established under the aegis and support of UN-Habitat. It is consultative mechanism on the promotion of sustainable development of housing and urban development in Asia-Pacific region.

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President Pranab Mukherjee launches 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign  

President Pranab Mukherjee launched a ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The campaign was conceptualized by Nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and was organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Key Facts

  • The campaign aims to mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world.
  • Its prime objective is to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children over the next 5 years.
  • It also seeks to promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated.
  • It will strive to inspire 100 million children to speak and act for the numerous other unfortunate children living in terrible conditions to build a child-friendly world.
Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit
  • The launch of the campaign also brought curtains to the two-day ‘Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit’ held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • This summit had brought together collective leadership of around 25 Nobel laureates and leaders on a single platform for creating a child-friendly world.
  • It even had channelized world leaders, thinkers, representatives of UN, award winning youth/child leaders and eminent persons from academia, business, cinema, sports and civil society.

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2016 India International Science Festival held in New Delhi  

The 2016 India International Science festival (IISF) has started at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Campus in New Delhi.

It was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The theme of the science festival is “Science for the masses”.

Key Facts
  • IISF-2016 has been organised by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA).
  • The main aim is to promote the science and technology developed by the Indian research labs and to inculcate the scientific temper among masses.
  • It also aims to encourage and develop scientific temper and attitude, promote exchange of knowledge and ideas among young minds.
  • It will showcase recent developments and contributions of India in science and technology involving all our scientific departments.
  • It will also showcase India’s S&T prowess, technological developments, history of Indian Science and science education involving more than 10000 young researchers, academicians and top level Indian scientists.
Background 

The IISF as a major science event was conceptualized in 2016 and was organized for first time IISF at IIT, Delhi in December, 2015. It was visited by more than 4 lakh people and was a great success. It had won the distinction of Guinness Book of World Record for successful conduct of Largest Practical Science Lesson by 2000 school students.

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