Wednesday, November 18, 2015

G20 Leaders' Communiqué and Meeting of the BRICS Leaders, Antalya Summit
  Turkey , 15-16 November 2015

G20 Leaders' Communiqué, Antalya Summit , 15-16 November 2015
The leaders of the G20, met in Antalya , Turkey on 15-16 November 2015 to determine further collective actions towards achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth to raise the prosperity of the people. The leaders resolved to ensure that the growth is robust and inclusive, and delivers more and better quality jobs.

In pursuing their objectives, the leaders agreed to adopt comprehensive agenda around the three pillars ofdecisive implementation of past commitments to deliver on promises, boosting investments as a powerful driver of growth and promoting inclusiveness in their actions so that the benefits of growth are shared by all.
The global economic growth is uneven and continues to fall short of expectations, despite the positive outlook in some major economies. The risks and uncertainties in financial markets remain, and geopolitical challenges are increasingly becoming a global concern. In the wake of the above concerns the leaders at the summit agreed on the following:
Strengthening the Recovery and Lifting the Potential through
Ø      Implementation of sound macroeconomic policies in a cooperative manner to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth. 
Ø      Commitment to lift collective G20 GDP by an additional 2% by 2018.
Ø      Timely and effective implementation of growth strategies that include measures to support demand and structural reforms to lift actual and potential growth, create jobs, promote inclusiveness and reduce inequalities.
Ø      Commitment to ensure that growth is inclusive, job-rich and benefits all segments of our societies. The G20 leaders are focused on promoting more and better quality jobs in line with G20 Framework on Promoting Quality Jobs and on improving and investing in skills through the G20 Skills Strategy.
Ø      Reaffirmation of a strong commitment to better coordinate efforts to reinforce trade and investment, through Adjusted Growth Strategies. Inclusive Global Value Chains (GVCs) have also been identified as important drivers of world trade.

Enhancing resilience

Ø      Strengthening the resilience of financial institutions and enhancing stability of the financial system, crucial to sustaining growth and development.
Ø      To reach a globally fair and modern international tax system, the leaders agreed to endorse the package of measures developed under the ambitious G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project.
Ø      In support of the growth and resilience agenda, the leaders remain committed to building a global culture of intolerance towards corruption through effectively implementing the 2015-2016 G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan.

Buttressing Sustainability

Ø      The leaders are committed to ensuring that their actions contribute to inclusive and sustainable growth. The 2030 Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, sets a transformative, universal and ambitious framework for global development efforts.
Ø      The leaders support key areas for sustainable development such as energy access, food security and nutrition, human resource development, quality infrastructure, financial inclusion and domestic resource mobilization. They endorse the G20 Action Plan on Food Security and Sustainable Food Systems.
Ø      The private sector has a strong role to play in development and poverty eradication. Through the  G20 Call on Inclusive Business the leaders stress the need of all stakeholders to work together in order to promote opportunities for low income people and communities to participate in markets as buyers, suppliers and consumers. 
Ø      The leaders stay focused on the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration and welcomed the Energy Ministers´ first meeting ever. Recognizing that globally over 1.1 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.9 billion rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking, the G20 leaders agreed to endorse the G20 Energy Access Action Plan.
Ø      Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The leaders recognize that 2015 is a critical year that requires effective, strong and collective action on climate change and its effects. They reaffirmed the below 2 degree Celsius goal as stated in the Lima Call for Action. They also affirmed their determination to adopt a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC that is applicable to all Parties.
Ø      The leaders  acknowledged the threats to the security of and in the use of ICTs, and committed to bridge the digital divide. They also agreed to ensure an environment in which all actors are able to enjoy the benefits of secure use of ICTs.
Meeting of the BRICS Leaders on the Margins of the G20 Summit
The BRICS leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya on 15 November 2015. During the meeting the leaders underlined the importance of strengthening BRICS strategic partnership guided by the principles of openness, solidarity, equality, mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation. The leaders also welcomed the substantive progress made this year in advancing intra BRICS cooperation. 

The leaders instructed relevant agencies of BRICS countries to engage actively in the implementation of the Strategy for the BRICS Economic Partnership adopted as well as in preparing a draft BRICS Roadmap for Trade, Economic and Investment Cooperation until 2020.

The leaders exchanged views on the main topics on the G20 Summit agenda and agreed to pursue issues of mutual interest to the BRICS countries. The leaders agreed that the global economy was still at risk and its recovery was not yet sustainable, which underlines the importance of strengthening macroeconomic policy coordination and cooperation among G20 members to avoid negative spillovers and to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

The leaders welcomed the adoption of and expressed their commitment to the implementation of the2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and acknowledged the coordination and cooperation efforts made by the BRICS countries.

The leaders also look forward to a successful outcome at COP 21 in Paris in December, and affirm their determination to adopt at the Paris Conference a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC that is applicable to all Parties. They expect the Paris agreement to be fair, balanced, durable and comprehensive, reflecting the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in light of different national circumstances.

French President Hollande invokes the unity of all cultures at UNESCO LeadersForum

Paris, 17 November On his first address to the international community since the deadly terrorist attacks that struck Paris on 13 November, the President of France, Francis Hollande, declared his commitment to freedom, human creativity and intercultural dialogue.>
The French President made his address at the Leaders forum, which on 16 and 17 November brought together Heads of State and Government from all over the world in the context of the 38th session of UNESCOⳠGeneral Conference, presided by Stanley Mutumba Simataa.
The afternoon session of the Leaders’ Forum, organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, also featured addresses by the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.
The French President, welcomed to UNESCO by the OrganizationⳠDirector-General, Irina Bokova, was accompanied by the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, and the Minister for Culture, Fleur Pellerin, and the Secretary of State in Charge of Development and the Francophonie, Annick Girardin. The French President declared: ㉠wished to be present at the General Conference because you stand for the unity of all cultures of the world. [坠And what better place to affirm the need to hold fast than here, at UNESCO, an institution which was born of a Utopia to unite the whole of humanity through science, education and culture and which found a welcoming home in Paris.伯span>
President Hollande paid tribute to UNESCOⳠcrucial role in protecting cultural heritage and cultural diversity. 㙥s, UNESCO is the moral conscience of humanity. What underpinned its foundation was the promotion of the diversity of cultures, a diversity based on the idea that culture links people to their history and to their territory; a diversity anchored in the recognition of the equal dignity of cultures, as every people has a special message to bring to the world; a diversity which rejects uniformity and promotes pluralism of opinion and belief; a diversity which makes education a driver of universal emancipation.伯span>
The French President went on to highlight the importance of UNESCOⳊConvention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, as it marks its 10th anniversary.
He also spoke of a plan of action France intends to implement following the destruction of cultural heritage sites in Iraq and Syria, and called for the creation of an international fund to support cultural properties in danger.
Earlier in the afternoon, in a message read by United States Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, Permanent Delegate of the U.S. to UNESCO, U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to the victims of the attacks in Paris and thanked UNESCO for its 㵮wavering commitment to building peace and tolerance around the world.䠈e encouraged the Organization to pursue its mandate in global citizenship education and reiterated his determination to fight violent extremism, which led to the organization of the Leaders⠓ummit on Countering Violent Extremism during the United Nations General Assembly in September this year.
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, also addressed the Leaders⠆orum this afternoon, stressing the key role of culture and intercultural dialogue in endowing the young generation with the tools needed to respond to violence and to the rejection of others. She also highlighted the pertinence of UNESCOⳠmandate, 70 years after its creation. 㼯span>UNESCO remains critical in facilitating networks of solidarity between different communities at national, regional and global levels and in providing a carefully considered understanding of the challenges faced by humanity.伯span>
Echoing this declaration, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan invited the international community to bolster its support for the Organization. ㍯re time and resources should be invested into the spread of a culture of peace. UNESCO has the appropriate mandate, genuine experience, and rich assets such as education, culture, sport, communication and science to serve as one of the most effective and shortest ways to prevent conflicts.伯span>
B-roll of President HollandeⳠspeech is available for download.
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India register third consecutive win in 8th Junior Men’s Asia Cup

Kuantan, Malaysia, 17th November, 2015: The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team sealed their quarterfinal berth today with a solid win over China. The Indian colts who registered their third consecutive win in the 8th Junior Asia Cup in Kuantan, Malaysia registered a confident win of 4-1 agaisnt China in their last group encounter. Manpreet (Jr.) fired two goals for India through Penalty Corner conversions while Harmanpreet and Ajit Pandey scored one goal apiece to ensure India’s third consecutive victory.

India started on an attacking note pressing hard on the weak Chines defense, but could only convert in the 16th minute through a penalty corner. Harmanpreet Singh was the scorer for India. The first half came to an end with India leading 1-0. India raced through to score their second goal through Ajit Pandey in the 2nd minute of the second half to give India a 2-0 lead. China struck back soon after in the 43rdminute through a penalty corner taking the score to 2-1. India thereafter increased their pace in the game to convert two goals in quick succession through Manpreet (Jr.) to ensure India’s win over China. With this win India sits atop the chart in Group B. 

“It is good that we have continued with our winning momentum. It gets tougher from here, and we all realise that we now enter the knockout zone hence every match is a new championship for us. I am glad that the boys stuck to the basics and were confident in paving through the opponents defense. We head back now to prepare for the quarterfinals and hopefully we will have enough to rejoice after that match as well,” said Harendra Singh, Coach, Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team.

The 8th Junior Asia Cup is being played from the 14th – 22nd November 2015 at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan, Malaysia. One of the elite Asian tournaments, the 8th Junior Asia Cup will see the top eight Asian hockey powerhouses playing for supremacy. India is placed in Pool A with Malaysia, Japan and China.

Shiv Naresh

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Dear Naresh, 
“The Sikh community has been ridiculed, insulted, poked fun at, and portrayed as naive idiots, foolish and an object of amusement, all “in good nature”… Little boys and girls are bullied in school… It’s not a harmless joke, if an entire community is being bullied under its weight,” says Kohli. 
Sign his petition “urging the Supreme Court to ban the websites that defame and insult the Sikh community.” 

Supreme Court of India: Ban websites that defame and insult the Sikh community! #BanSikhJokes

RPS Kohli 
New Delhi, India
I was subjected to racist ridicule as a young boy, even though I was a school topper. My two sons went through the same. It was the same joke, “12 baj gaye.”
For years now, the Sikh community has been ridiculed,insulted, poked fun at, and portrayed as naive idiots, foolish and an object of amusement, all “in good nature.”
While we are a fun loving community, and love our culture, the Bhangra, the language, we DO NOT like when “12 Baje Jokes” or “Santa Banta Jokes” are cracked at our expense. It is not about Sikhs not being able to take a joke, it’s about hurting our religious sentiments.
Bullying is not funny. Nor is making fun of my religion.
A PIL in the Supreme Court is asking for websites specialising in these jokes to be banned.  This is our time to take action.
Sign my petition urging the Supreme Court to ban the websites that defame and insult the Sikh community.
Progressive nations all over the world have become sensitive about racial or communal humour. Why is India still stuck in medieval times? Would jokes on Hindus, Muslims or Christians be considered funny or offensive? It’s time to stop casually targeting the Sikh community.
Little boys and girls are bullied in school. It is not okay to “crack a Sardar joke.” It’s not a harmless joke, if an entire community is being bullied under its weight.
Sikhs are a proud and brave community. We have occupied top positions like the President, Prime Minister, Chief of Army, Air Marshall. But it’s the Santa Banta jokes, they know us for.
This needs to stop. Sikh jokes are sick jokes.
President, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee S. Manjit SIngh GK and many other organizations like Church of North India have lent their support to this petition.
The Supreme Court will hear the case soon. If thousands of us sign this petition, we can show it to Honorable Supreme Court of India that racism is not funny. 
I along with the PIL petitioner, Harvinder Kaur and President of DSGMC would deliver your signatures to the Supreme Court.
{PIL/WritPetition/CRL/160 of 2015 titled Ms. Harvinder Chowdhury vs Union Of India through Secretary, Ministry of Telecom and I&B}.
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