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India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 held in New Delhi

The India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 was held from April 16-17, 2018, in New Delhi. The title of conference was ‘Securing Global Supply Chains through Government-Industry Partnerships towards Effective Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540’

Key Facts

The Wiesbaden Process was initiated by Government of Germany in 2012 to strengthen implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540 through Government-Industry partnerships. India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 was hosted by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in cooperation with Government of Germany and UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was industry partner.

Representatives from Government and Industry of 39 countries, as well as experts from UNSC 1540 Committee and UN Office for Disarmament Affairs had participated in tconference. The Conference provided opportunity to participants to share experiences on their export control systems and identify legal and technical assistance, action plans & challenges in national implementation of UNSC 1540.

UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)

It establishes legally binding obligations on all states to adopt and enforce appropriate and effective measures to prevent to proliferation to non-state actors of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their delivery systems. It requires states to implement appropriate laws and effective measures to prevent non-state actors such as terrorists, from obtaining access to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). India has established legally backed robust export control system to implement UNSC 1540 as part of its long standing commitment to international non-proliferation.

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India, Germany inks MoU for Sustainable Urban Development programme & Smart Cities in India

India and Germany have inked MoU for “Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India.

The Agreement was signed between Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, India on behalf of Government of Germany.

Key Facts

The objective of programme is to develop and apply concepts for sustainable urban development about provision of urban basic services and housing in selected cities and Smart Cities in India. It will also develop and apply concepts for provision of Urban basic services & housing in Smart Cities Technical cooperation to support approaches in integrated planning, affordable housing and basic services. The technical cooperation measure will support approaches for sustainable urban development in area of integrated planning, provision of affordable housing and basic services with particular focus on water, waste water and solid waste management and mobility.

Sustainable Urban Development Programme – Smart Cities in India’ project

The project is supported by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by MoUHA and GIZ India. It seeks to support India to achieve set target of promoting sustainable urban development under national urban missions and programmes such as Smart Cities Mission, linking with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 11 ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.  The project will continue for duration of three years (starting from 2018 till December 2020) with German contribution to up to 8 million Euros.

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