Mumbai will host the G-20 Research and Innovation Initiative Gathering (RIIG) Summit and Research Ministers’ Meeting during 4th to 5th July, according to an official statement issued today.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh will chair the G-20 Research Ministers’ Meeting on 5th July which will be attended by 107 foreign delegates including Research Ministers from 29 members of G20, invited guest countries and international organizations.
The RIIG Summit is taking place tomorrow and will be chaired by the Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar.
India has taken forward the Research and Innovation Initiative (RIIG) during its Presidency in 2023 under the theme “Research and Innovation for Equitable Society”. A total of 5 RIIG meetings were hosted by India this year under the theme.
The RIIG inception meeting was held at Kolkata. This was followed by four thematic conferences on Materials for Sustainable Energy, Circular Bioeconomy, Eco-Innovations for Energy Transition and Sustainable Blue-economy’.
The RIIG meetings provide a platform for stakeholders at all levels to share ideas and create new partnerships to elevate research and innovation as a tool to achieve socio-economic equity.
The series of meetings culminating in the Research Ministers’ Meeting which sums up the earlier deliberations will enhance cooperation amongst G-20 member countries, with a focus on addressing aspects of achieving socio-economic equity through ‘Scientific Research and Innovation’.
The Ministerial Declaration of the G-20 science engagements will be discussed and adopted at the two-day RIIG Summit and Research Ministers’ meeting, starting tomorrow in Mumbai.
The adoption of the Ministerial declaration marks the culmination of the G-20 RIIG engagements that took place in the series of meetings held in different parts of India during India’s G-20 Presidency in 2023.
On July 6, G-20 delegates attending the RIIG Summit and Research Ministers’ Meeting will visit IIT Bombay to see the research and innovation facilities at the premier institute.
The G-20 is an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union (EU) that works to address major issues related to the global economy, such as international financial stability, climate change mitigation and sustainable development. It comprises most of the world’s largest economies, including both industrialized and developing nations.