Deliberations of the G20 Second Culture Group (CWG) meeting begin in Bhubaneswar

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The G-20 second Culture Working Group meeting kicked off in Bhubaneswar, Odisha today. The Minister for Culture, Tourism, and DoNER, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai graced the inaugural session of the meeting.
The G-20 second Culture Working Group meeting kicked off in Bhubaneswar, Odisha today. The Minister for Culture, Tourism, and DoNER, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai graced the inaugural session of the meeting.
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Deliberations of the G20 Second Culture Group (CWG) meeting begin in Bhubaneswar

Union Minister Shri G. Kishan Reddy and Shri Nityanand Rai grace the inaugural session

Culture plays an important role in global policy-making: Shri G. Kishan Reddy

India bears the responsibility of firmly integrating and embedding culture work stream within the G20 system: Shri G. Kishan Reddy

Culture is the key to maintaining relations among countries and communities, increasing understanding, and creating a permanent and inclusive future: Shri Nityanand Rai

By PIB Delhi

The delegate-level deliberations of the G-20 second Culture Working Group meeting kicked off in Bhubaneswar, Odisha today. The Minister for Culture, Tourism, and DoNER, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai graced the inaugural session of the meeting.

Addressing the delegates, Shri G. Kishan Reddy said,  “ Culture plays an important role in global policymaking, as it leads to more inclusive and sustainable solutions to address contemporary challenges”. He also added “In this light, the G20 Culture working group plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration and promoting dialogue among members. We are committed to promoting cultural dialogue, encouraging shared learning, and strengthening cooperation among members, while also giving due consideration to the unique cultural contexts and heritage of each nation”.

The Minister further said, by pursuing a collective vision, we aim to create a more equitable and culturally aware global policy landscape that acknowledges the immense value of cultural diversity. The role of culture in promoting social cohesion, fostering intercultural dialogue, and promoting mutual understanding cannot be overstated.

“The ancient Indian philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (The world is a family) beautifully connects with the concept of unity in diversity, as it promotes the idea that despite our differences in culture, religion, language, or ethnicity, we are all a part of one global family”, he opined.

Highlighting the importance of Cultural exchange, the Minister said that it can contribute to sustainable development by promoting local economies, preserving cultural heritage, and supporting community development. He added that it is our duty to build upon the foundation laid by previous presidencies, to ensure that culture remains a key focus in the G20 agenda.

Shri Kishan Reddy further said that local traditions and knowledge can teach about caring for the environment and using resources wisely. “People who have lived close to nature for many years know how important it is to live in balance with the environment. By incorporating their knowledge and practices into modern sustainable development strategies, we can create a more resilient and sustainable future.”, he flagged.

Emphasizing culture as a vital component in creating a pro-planet society, he said the G20 Culture Working Group can significantly advance the current efforts to put culture at the center of global policymaking. “By working towards this goal, we can foster a more inclusive, equitable, and environment-friendly global community”, he added.

Addressing the delegates, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai underlined the co-timing of India’s G-20 presidency and the beginning of its journey of “Amrit Kaal” and said India is moving towards making itself a futuristic, prosperous, inclusive, and developed nation by the time it completes 100 years of its independence.

Referring to the Prime Minister’s vision of only one world instead of any First World or Third World, the Minister said India envisions the collective effort of the entire world to ensure a better future. “This meeting is not just a diplomatic meeting, but a new responsibility of India- a country that has generated unforeseen inquisitiveness across the globe to be known and to be understood.”, he added.

Stressing the unifying and cooperative strength of India’s diversity, Shri Rai said as a member of the G-20 culture working group India has the unique opportunity and responsibility of harnessing the transformative power of culture.

Speaking at the inaugural session, the Secretary, of the Ministry of Culture, Shri Govind Mohan described the theme of G-20 as exuding a powerful message of pursuing just and equitable growth for all globally.

Delegates from the G20 members, guest nations, and international organizations participated in the deliberation on two priority areas as outlined by the CWG over three sessions today.

A set of cultural experiences have been curated for the delegates through the course of their visit. These include a visit to heritage sites like the Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Udayagiri Caves. The delegates will also experience special dance performances native to the State of Odisha such as Tribal (Singari), Sambalpuri, Odissi, and Gotipua dance.

As a part of the 2nd G20 Culture Working Group Meeting, an exhibition titled ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ has been organised at Kala Bhoomi – Odisha Crafts Museum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The exhibition’s theme focuses on the second priority outlined by the Culture Working Group – ‘Harnessing Living Heritage for a Sustainable Future’. The exhibition will be open to the public from 16th-22nd May 2023.

The Culture Working Group is working with delegates of the G20 members, guest nations, and international organisations through an inclusive process of in-depth discussions. These deliberations aim to identify critical areas for collaborative action and to further develop tangible recommendations and best practices for Sustainable Development.

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