Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated July 11, 2023 by Diary Times
The culture of the country tells the history of the country and connects the people with it. Culture has a special contribution in the development of any society, in its upliftment. Culture helps in creating unity in the country. At the same time, culture also plays an important role in policy-making.
What is the specialty of the meeting?
In this sequence, the G20 Culture Working Group meeting is being held at Hampi, a world heritage site in Karnataka. This meeting of the third Culture Working Group has been organized from 9 to 12 July. The third meeting is also special because the draft of the final meeting to be held in Kashi on August 26 will be decided here.
Today (Monday) 10 July 2023 is the second day of the G20 Culture Working Group meeting. During this, Union Minister Prahlad Joshi formally inaugurated the meeting. Representatives of G20 member countries, guest countries and international organizations are participating in this three-day meeting, in which thirty representatives of nineteen G20 member countries, 16 representatives of nine guest countries and six representatives of four international organizations are participating.
India sets four priorities for this group
It may be noted that India has set four priorities for the Culture Working Group, which include cultural traditions, promotion of living heritage, promotion of cultural and creative industries, and use of technology in the preservation and promotion of culture. At the same time, an exhibition named “Woven Narratives” has also been organized as part of the G20 CWG meeting. The theme of the exhibition focuses on the third priority outlined by the CWG – promoting the cultural and creative industries and the creative economy.
From the point of view of India, our culture is very old.
Union Minister Prahlad Joshi has said regarding this meeting being held in Hampi, it is a very big heritage centre. Hampi was also the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Culture stream is new in G20. From the point of view of India, our culture is very old. We have a history of thousands of years.
He said, this meeting is being conducted by the Ministry of Culture. A special effort has been made to build a consensus with this. Due to this, today we have come very close to making a consensus. Especially for this, Union Minister Prahlad Joshi also dedicated thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of Culture.
Culture is not just part of our identity
He hoped for a future where culture would not just be a part of our identity but a driving force for sustainable development, social inclusion and global harmony.
Cultural Heritage Pillar of the Past and Road to the Future
He said that the four priority areas are the cornerstone of our vision of an inclusive and sustainable future. Each of these priorities reflects a world that is culturally diverse yet unified, a world where cultural heritage is both a pillar of the past and a path to the future. He pointed out that the journey towards that future would not have been possible without the valuable contributions of respected G20 member states and others.
Shared cultural heritage is the thread that connects us all
He said that the draft prepared during the consultations would be helpful in shaping our shared future. Through collective wisdom and shared responsibilities, we can turn the challenges we face into opportunities for cultural progress on a global scale. He said that the shared cultural heritage is the thread that connects all of us. He urged the members that the strength of our shared cultural heritage should guide our decisions and actions.