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World Productivity Congress in India after 45 years of gap

The World Productivity Congress has been conducted by the World Confederation of Productivity Science since 1969. It was last held in India in 1974. The Congress is held under the theme

Theme: Industry 4.0-Innovation and Productivity

Highlights

The 19th World Productivity Congress to be held in Bengaluru aims at catalyzing government approaches in enhancing productivity. It is to be held between May 6, 2020 and May 8, 2020.

Purpose

The Congress will act as a platform to shape future productivity growth. It will also help India and other attending stakeholders to learn innovative approaches that are essential to support the growing population. It is expected that the world population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100 according to the United Nations.

Significance

According to the World Economic Forum, India will become the third largest economy in the world after US and China by 2030. Also, in the next few years India is expected to grow at 7% though it is facing a slowdown currently. This huge market potential of India makes it an ideal choice for the 19th world productivity congress.

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Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO held in New Delhi

On January 30, 2020, the Indian Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) was chaired by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”. UNESCO is United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Along with the UNESCO commission, the event was also attended by the sub commissions namely Social Sciences, Culture, Education, Natural Sciences and Culture.

Highlights

After the reconstitution of the commission, it has met for the first time. The sub commissions will aid in achieving the objectives of UNESCO in India. This will help in strengthening India’s image globally. The meeting also stressed on achieving 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

One of the SDG, Quality Education is to be achieved through New Education Policy.

India and UNESCO

India is a founding member of UNESCO. The UNESCO office in India is a cluster office for 11 countries. They are Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, India and Mongolia.

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