Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]6th July (ANI): Federal Minister of State for Science and Technology (Independent Head) Jitendra Singh on Wednesday asked G20 countries to “beyond differences” to address global challenges facing the world and respond to global well-being as G20 members- —In the spirit of a family, notify the Ministry of Science and Technology.
India recognizes the importance of global collaboration and knowledge sharing to tackle the complex challenges of our time, Jitendra Singh said in his first speech at the G20 science ministers meeting, Narendra Prime Minister Ramodi has reiterated this many times in every meeting. international forum.
The Minister called for harnessing collective intelligence, expertise and resources to foster a culture of innovation, promote sustainable development and ensure a prosperous future for all. The minister urged G20 members to advance a far-reaching agenda to achieve excellence in inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth.
Referring to the fact that many Member States have the highest ranks in their national science systems, Jitendra Singh said this group has the potential to tackle major global challenges, as we have recently done in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic like that. He emphasized that, according to official information, during India’s presidency of the G20, we will be committed to advancing global research and innovation for a better tomorrow.
Singh said that in recent years, scientists and researchers have been at the forefront of cutting-edge discoveries and advancements across multiple disciplines, including space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and nanotechnology, and have pushed the boundaries of scientific understanding and fostered innovations that benefit humanity. Healthy innovation. Humanity as a whole.
As the world tackles the challenges of climate change and depletion of natural resources, efficient use of renewable energy is imperative, he said. He emphasized that G20 members should continue to commit to the net zero goal, sustainable development and renewable energy, and expressed satisfaction with the substantial growth in the world’s installed capacity of solar and wind power in recent years. The Minister added that our scientists have worked tirelessly to discover and create materials that could revolutionize the energy industry, making it cleaner, cheaper and accessible to all.
Singh emphasized that G20 countries must harness the power of technology and innovation to drive the transition to clean energy and promote eco-innovations such as smart grids, energy-efficient buildings and sustainable transport systems, as these initiatives not only mitigate environmental impact, but also New avenues that can boost economic growth and create job creation.
The Union Minister also pointed out that the G20 community has advanced space technology to predict and monitor various natural disasters, such as tornadoes, tsunamis, landslides, forest fires, etc. Space technology is also of great help in communication. He emphasized the need to share the products of these technologies with countries outside the G20 so they can better respond to such disasters.
India’s science minister told delegates that developing quantum technologies, exploring quantum communications, cryptography and quantum algorithms is the next phase of our G20 research agenda. Our aim is to scale up scientific and industrial R&D to accelerate quantum-led economic growth and leverage multiple economies to become leading nations in support of sustainable development, he added.
Singh said scientists have made significant contributions to genetic research and biotechnology, with researchers focused on studying the genetic basis of disease, developing personalized medicine and advancing genetic engineering techniques. These efforts have great potential to improve healthcare outcomes and address genetic diseases, he said. The minister also pointed out that since immunity is directly linked to our health and food, some systems encourage us to boost our immunity through the food we eat rather than medicine.
He emphasized that the world fintech ecosystem has achieved tremendous development. Few economies have adopted virtual currencies, and few others use virtual transactions to a large extent. He said cybersecurity has come into focus as the world is undergoing a rapid digital transformation, and called on the scientific community to develop algorithms that would be difficult for hackers to crack. We need to strengthen our cybersecurity infrastructure and develop advanced systems to protect critical digital assets and data, he added.
Singh said that during these testing times, the world has also witnessed the rise of some tech-based startups that excel in developing AI-based solutions for various fields such as healthcare, finance, agriculture and education. He added that, according to the press release, the integration of artificial intelligence and data analytics can help improve decision-making processes, increase productivity and drive innovation in different industries.
Jitendra Singh drew the attention of G20 delegates to the enormous potential of our oceans for mineral resources, energy solutions and sea food, asserting that all are committed to promoting sustainable practices in fisheries, marine research, coastal tourism and renewable energy generation . By harnessing the potential of the blue economy, we can ensure the wellbeing of our oceans while driving economic development in a sustainable and responsible manner, he said. We are also concerned about the increase in plastic and microplastics in our oceans, which is another important area of concern as it enters our food chains as multiple marine organisms consume them.
Jitendra Singh expressed concern that while some G20 members are facing water scarcity and water quality challenges, others are moving in this direction. Innovative clean water technologies such as precision irrigation, water purification systems, seawater desalination technology, and wastewater treatment technology will be further strengthened and implemented, he said.
The Minister added that as we move towards a more sustainable future, it is critical to explore innovative ways to minimize waste generation and maximize resource efficiency. We recognize the importance of adopting the principles of a circular economy in the biosphere, which focuses on reducing waste, recycling valuable materials and promoting sustainable and regenerative economic growth. We also recognize the role of research and innovation in the adoption of Environmental Lifestyles (LiFE) as accelerators that can drive progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and commit to support actions that advance this, he said.
In his concluding remarks at the G20 Research Ministerial Meeting, the Union Minister expressed satisfaction with the various topics discussed by member states during the RIIG meeting, including challenges related to energy materials and devices, solar energy utilization and photovoltaics, and green energy materials and processes; policy issues , such as the role of research, development and innovation in creating new resource-efficient, sustainable and more circular biotechnologies, products and services; understanding blue economy science and services; blue economy sectors and opportunities; observational data and information services ; Marine Ecosystem and Pollution; Blue Economy Management and Outlook; Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning; Marine Living Resources and Biodiversity;
Singh thanked the G20 delegates for their constructive and fruitful deliberations, which marked the end of a series of RIIG meetings and congresses hosted by India in the last 5-6 months, from Kolkata to Ranchi to Dibrugarh to Dharamsa Pulling down to Diu, now to the theme of Vasudhaiva-Kutumbakam or “One Planet, One Family, One Future” in Mumbai under the G20 in India. He said that we take “Research and Innovation for a Fair Society” as the theme of RIIG-2023.
The Minister thanked the members for their active participation and support for the India RIIG agenda and for their valuable input and comments on our priority areas. India is fully committed to research and innovation through international cooperation and partnerships to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2023.
India hosted a total of 5 conferences across India with priority themes: i) Materials for Sustainable Energy; ii) Circular Bioeconomy; iii) Eco-Innovation for Energy Transition; iv) Achieving Sustainable Blue Scientific challenges and opportunities for the economy, which demonstrate the importance of research and innovation for inclusive social development and growth. (Arnie)
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