India-Norway Current Affairs - 2020

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Task Force Meet: India and Norway to strengthen their BLUE ECONOMY PARTNERSHIP

In January 2019, India and Norway jointly inaugurated a Task Force of Blue Economy for Sustainable Development. The third meet of the task force was held on February 18, 2020.

They also launched a new collaboration of Integrated Ocean Management and Research at the meet.

Highlights

India and Norway have been strengthening their ties making Indo-Norwegian Ocean Cooperation as a key pillar in their bilateral relationship. The task force aims at mobilizing stakeholders of India and Norway at the highest level to ensure progress across ministries and agencies.

Significance

India being the largest democracy plays a major role in sustainable development both globally and regionally. Also, 15% of Indian population residing in Norway are in the coastal region. Above all, 70% of the Norwegian Economy depends on maritime industry of the country.

The task force was set up at the India Norway Business Summit.

India Norway Business Summit

The Summit was held in New Delhi in January 2019 during the visit of Norwegian PM to India. Around 15 MoUs were signed at the summit. It includes sustainable sea food production, smart grids, energy markets, green shipping, digital solutions, etc. Green shipping is use of LNG.

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India and Norway to work towards mitigating marine plastic littering

On February 16, 2020, at the CMS COP-13, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species Conference of Parties-13, was marked by India. The Convention is to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat between February 17, 2020 and February 22, 2020.

Highlights

On the sidelines of CMS COP-13, India and Norway declared the 2020-30 decade as the “Decade of rapid action on Climate Change and Environment”.  The countries will work together towards strengthening mutual cooperation on climate and environment including ocean affairs.

The countries decided to work towards mitigating marine plastic pollution. This is to be done on the lines of Kigali Amendment of Montreal Protocol and MoU signed between India and Norway under India-Norway Ocean Dialogue (INOD). Under the MoU India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative was adopted.

Kigali Amendment

In October 2016, the Montreal Protocol was signed by more than 170 countries in order to protect ozone layer and climate. The Kigali Amendment to the protocol aims to phase down the Hydrofluorocarbons.

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