UNESCAP Current Affairs
South Asian Regional Conference on Urban Infrastructure: New Approaches to Public and Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Municipal Finance Innovations was held in New Delhi. It was organised by National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog in partnership with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).
South Asian Regional Conference on Urban Infrastructure
The main objective of the two day conference was to discuss the key issues, perspectives and way forward in the Urban Infrastructure. It was aimed to review overall issues and assess sustainability of PPPs and urban finance in South Asia, specifically India and broadening knowledge base and engaging on international best practices.
It is first of its kind conference which saw participation of leaders from government, industry, research organisations, academia, think tanks and civil society from across South Asian region. The main components of conference included keynote and breakout sessions, panel discussions, presentation and a variety of stakeholder consultations.
National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Union Government, providing both directional and policy inputs. It is essentially an advisory body that seeks to provide critical directional and strategic inputs across spectrum of key elements of policy to the centre.
It was established in 2015 with aim to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and to enhance cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach. It had replaced Planning Commission which followed a top-down model.
Prime Minister is ex-officio chairman of NITI Aayog. The permanent members of its governing council are all the state Chief Ministers, along with Chief Ministers of Delhi and Puducherry, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar, and vice chairman nominated by the Prime Minister.
India was elected as President of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for period of two years. India got elected against Iran during voting which took place at 44th annual gathering of AIBD held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Moreover, Director General of All India Radio (AIR) F. Sheheryar was also re-elected as chair of executive board of AIBD while Sri Lanka was elected as vice-chair. Broadcasters from 26 countries in the region including India are full members of the organization.
Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)
AIDB is regional inter-governmental organisation serving countries of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in field of electronic media development. It was established in 1977 under auspices of UNESCO. It is hosted by Government of Malaysia and its secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur.
AIBD is mandated to achieve vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment in Asia-Pacific region through policy and resource development. Currently it has broadcasters from 26 full member countries, represented by 34 organisations and 67 Affiliate Members (organisations) and over 50 partners in Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, Arab States and North America.