Events Current Affairs - 2020

India attends 3rd Global Conference on Road Safety held in collaboration with WHO, World Bank

On February 17, 2020, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari represented India at the 3rd global Conference on Road Safety. The Conference aimed at achieving Global Goals 2030. It was held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Highlights

The conference was held in collaboration with WHO and World Bank. The conference aims at renewing the commitment of the world community towards road safety. The participated leaders will prepare ways to achieve UN Decade of Action of reducing road crashes by 2030.

The Decade of Action

The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety was proclaimed in March 2010 for the decade 2011-20. The plan included 4 pillars as follows

  • To strengthen institutional Capacity
  • To improve road safety for pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.
  • To widely use crash avoidance technologies such as anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control.
  • To encourage and develop adoption of road safety such as seat-belt wearing, helmet wearing, speeding, drinking and driving, etc.

Need

According to the United Nations, more than 1.3 million people die every year due to road traffic crashes and more than 20 to 50 million get injured.

India Sports Summit–Fitness: $10 Billion Opportunity organised in New Delhi

The ‘India Sports Summit- Fitness: $10 Billion Opportunity’ was held on 10 October 2019 in New Delhi. It was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in partnership with Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS), Sportscom, and Sportskeeda

Key Highlights of Summit

Objective: It is focused on driving objective of ‘Sports and Industry’ through various initiatives, advocating for new policies for the sector, encourage investments in the sector of sports, create roadmap in encouraging fitness programmes in school education and industry participation in the FIT INDIA Movement.

Participation: It was attended by many noted names from Sports Fraternity and governing bodies.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju’s Address: He noted that if every Indian starts paying attention to sports, every sport will become an industry. He also stressed on the need for building sports culture, creating opportunities for youth, partnerships between Ministries and corporates to leverage potential of 10 billion dollar fitness industry. He also reiterated importance of citizen involvement to fully leverage potential of fitness as an opportunity in India.