TOPIC: General Studies 2
- Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
In News: Due to the ongoing Covid Pandemic, 6th Edition of the prestigious Raisina Dialogue is being held virtually from 13-16 April, 2021.
Jointly organised by: The Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation
Theme: ViralWorld: Outbreaks, Outliers and Out of Control
- WHOse Multilateralism? Reconstructing the UN and Beyond
- Securing and Diversifying Supply Chains
- Global ‘Public Bads’: Holding Actors and Nations to Account
- Infodemic: Navigating a ‘No-Truth’ World in the age of Big Brother
- The Green Stimulus: Investing Gender, Growth and Development
The event will be seeing the presence of Former PM of Sweden, Carl Bildt; Former Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Abbott and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark. The Foreign Ministers of Slovenia, Portugal, Singapore, Romania, Nigeria, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Kenya, Australia, Chile, Iran, Maldives, Bhutan, and Qatar will also be participating in the event.
The 2021 edition will have 50 sessions with the participation of 150 speakers from 50 countries and multilateral organisations. More than 2,000 attendees have pre-registered from over 80 countries and a large number of participants are likely to join the Dialogue through various social media platforms.
PM Modi’s address –
The current edition of the Raisina Dialogue was taking place at a watershed moment in human history in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic which has been ravaging the world for more than a year. The Prime Minister called upon the global community to introspect on some pertinent questions in the present context.
Emphasized that global systems should adapt themselves, in order to address the underlying causes and not just the symptoms. There is a need to humanity at the centre of our thoughts and action, and creating systems that address the problems of today and the challenges of tomorrow.
India has “walked the talk” on helping the world counter the coronavirus pandemic despite its “limited resources”. Despite rising numbers and a “second wave” of cases in India, the government has decided not to ban the export of Indian-made vaccines, most of which have been committed as commercial consignments, or as part of the COVAX global alliance. Since January 21, the government has allowed the supply of 6.51 crore doses of the two Indian-made vaccines, of which about 1.05 crore are donations or grants from the government to 90 countries worldwide.
The world was “under-prepared” for the COVID-19 pandemic. Pointing to the post-Second World War order, the United Nations and other multilateral structures that he said had been created only in order to prevent “the Third World War”, Mr. Modi said the world should have instead focused on hunger, poverty and humanitarian issues. While the humanity has not faced the Third World War, the threat of violence has not reduced in people’s lives. With a number of proxy wars and unending terror attacks, the prospect of violence is ever present.
About Raisina Dialogue
- A multilateral conference, held every year, designed on the lines of the Shangri-La Dialogue of Singapore.
- First held in 2016 and since its inception, has emerged as India’s flagship conference on geoeconomics and geopolitics
- The name Raisina Dialogue comes from Raisina Hill. It is an elevation in New Delhi, the seat of the Government of India and the Presidential Palace of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Raisina Dialogue is India’s contribution to the global efforts for discovering solutions, providing stability, and identifying opportunities to a century that has already witnessed an eventful two decades.
- 2020 theme: Navigating the Alpha Century’s; The focus was on Indo-Pacific, including the naval or military commanders from QUAD