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By ASHOK P MISRA

Uttarakhand’s Ramnagar is all set to host the G20 Chief Science Advisors’ Conference to be held on 28-30 March. The Chief Science Advisors will ‘deliberate upon and develop collaborative frameworks for some of the common pressing global science and technology (S&T) policy issues’.

Prof Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, while introducing the event at a curtain raiser, has highlighted that ‘evidence driven science advice will build synergy among various sectors, and serve as a catalytic tool to achieve solutions to some of the complex, multidimensional and trans-disciplinary issues’.

It must be recalled that the Group of Twenty (G20), ‘being the premier forum for international economic cooperation, plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues’. Science and Technology has not just played a major role in building economies around the world over the centuries, its share in shaping the future has also increased manifold. What is required in the present is to achieve a composite insight by understanding the relative status of local economies around the world, so that a collective effort becomes possible to address specific challenges in every part of the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s obvious intention is that, under India’s Presidency, the G20 gains a fresh perspective while, at the same time, the country is marketed in all its multifarious aspects. It should come as no surprise that Uttarakhand, too, is taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the G20 meetings to introduce itself to the best minds of the invited nations and make a lasting impression for future benefit.

The gathered scientific experts, too, will hopefully communicate to the state a sense of the larger picture that may not be so easily visible to the leadership of a small state like Uttarakhand. In terms of the impact of climate change on economies, and the state’s own crucial role in maintaining much of India’s environmental health, there will hopefully be valuable exchanges among the delegates, both, on the official platform, and during informal discussions. Every effort should be made at the same time to communicate the conclusions arrived at to the media for dissemination among the local people and scientific community. This would bring about the desired connect between global priorities and regional requirements. It is expected that the meet will be successful and fruitful, with the delegates receiving the best of Uttarakhandi hospitality.