G20 Science Ministers meeting: India said – use collective expertise, global challenges can be solved

G20 Science Ministers meeting

Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated July 6, 2023 by Diary Times

India on Wednesday called on countries to rise above differences and harness their collective expertise to tackle current global challenges like climate change, cyber security and water scarcity at the G-20 science ministers’ meeting. Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh in his opening address at the meeting said that India understands the importance of global cooperation and knowledge sharing in tackling the complex challenges of today and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken about this at every international forum. has spoken.

The Minister called upon the G-20 countries to leverage their collective knowledge, expertise and resources to foster a culture of innovation and sustainable development and ensure a prosperous future for all. He said the G-20 countries should “rise above differences” and address global challenges facing the world with the spirit of one family.

Singh said the grouping has the capability to deal with major global challenges as it did recently while combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister said that India during its presidency of G-20 is committed to drive global research and innovation for a better tomorrow.

He said that in recent times scientists and researchers have been at the forefront of cutting edge discoveries and advancements in many disciplines ranging from space exploration to artificial intelligence (AI), biotechnology to nanotechnology and have pushed the boundaries of scientific understanding and Has fostered innovation that benefits all of humanity.

Singh said that when the world is grappling with the challenges of climate change and depleting natural resources, it becomes imperative to harness renewable energy sources efficiently. He emphasized that the G-20 members should remain committed to their net zero goals and continue to work on sustainable development and renewable energy. The Union Minister expressed satisfaction that the world has seen a substantial increase in solar and wind power installations in recent years.

The minister said, ‘Our scientists are working tirelessly to discover and manufacture materials that can revolutionize the energy sector, making it cleaner, more affordable and accessible to all.’ He said that G-20 countries should harness the power of technology and innovation to advance the transition towards clean energy sources and promote eco-innovations such as smart grids, energy-efficient buildings and sustainable transport systems, as these The initiatives not only reduce the environmental impact, but also spur economic growth and generate new avenues for employment generation.

He also pointed out that the G-20 community has advanced space technologies to predict and monitor various natural hazards such as cyclones, tsunamis, landslides and forest fires. The Minister said that the products of these technologies should also be shared with countries outside G-20. Singh said the development of quantum technologies, quantum communication, cryptography and exploration of quantum algorithms are the next level of the G-20 research agenda.

We aim to enhance scientific and industrial R&D led by quantum technology to accelerate economic growth and leverage multiple economies as a leading nation supporting sustainable development, he added. Singh said scientists have made significant contributions to genetic research and biotechnology and these efforts have immense potential to improve health care outcomes and address genetic disorders.

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