IISc to be G20 science working group’s secretariat | India News

BENGALURU: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Monday said it will be the secretariat for S20 — one of the working groups created under the G20, the intergovernmental forum, which will be presided over by India in 2023.
Stating that the S20 (Science 20) summit is emblematic of India’s journey in forging a new path for advancement, IISc said with its intellectual heritage and current prowess in science and engineering, combined with a tradition of innovation with sustainability, India now has an opportunity to become a leader in disruptive science for development.
The G20 forum comprises 19 countries and the European Union. It consists of both industrialised and developing countries and its main focus has been the governance of the global economy. Over the years, however, G20 has been working towards addressing other related global challenges as well, such as climate change mitigation and sustainable development. Towards this end, it has set up several working groups, one of which is Science 20 or S20.
The S20’s theme for 2023 will be ‘disruptive science for innovative and sustainable development’. Within this broad theme, deliberations — to be held in different parts of India (Agartala, Lakshadweep and Bhopal) — will focus on three sets of issues.
The issues are: Universal holistic health, clean energy for a greener future, and connecting science to society and culture. The consultations will also include an inception meeting in Puducherry and a summit meeting in Coimbatore, IISc said.
Stating that the role of S20 in furthering the agenda of G20 was crucial, IISc said science will have to play a key role to achieve economic growth required to pull millions of people out of poverty while ensuring that development is inclusive and sustainable.
“But scientific advancements alone are not enough, it said, adding that meaningful development requires the cooperation of member nations so that experiences and breakthroughs in science and technology can be shared with each other. S20 is, therefore, an ideal platform to achieve this goal,” IISc said.

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