G20 Culture Track

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    • As Part of India’s G20 Presidency, the Government is planning to host five key meetings focusing on the “culture track” at Khajuraho, Bhubaneswar, Hampi and Agra.

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    • The cities have been chosen mainly for well-known monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Taj Mahal and Agra Fort (UP), the Hindu and Jain temples of Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), the Konark Sun Temple around 65 km from Bhubaneswar (Odisha), and the sites at Hampi (Karnataka). 
    • For the culture track, a G20 Secretariat has been set up in the Ministry of Culture, which will hire a professional agency “for research, documentation and coordination work for the G20 work-stream of culture
    • Relevance of G 20 presidency : It provides a fantastic opportunity for India to shape the global agenda on culture across multiple work streams and engagement areas. These include: 
      • protection and restitution of cultural property;
      • advancement of traditional cultural practices for sustainable living; 
      • promotion of cultural and creative industries for livelihood generation; and 
      • preservation and dissemination of culture by leveraging technology.”

    G20 

    • It is a strategic multilateral platform connecting the world’s major developed and emerging economies.
    • It holds a strategic role in securing future global economic growth and prosperity. 
    • Together, the G20 members represent more than 80 percent of world GDP, 75 percent of international trade and 60 percent of the world population. 
    • Starting in 1999 as a meeting for the finance minister and central bank governors, the G20 has evolved into a yearly summit involving the Head of State and Government. 

    Source:IE