Contents:

  1. North East Sustainable Development Goals Conclave 2020
  2. Animal Culture Linked to Conservation for the first time at UN Wildlife Conference in India
  3. “Historical Gastronomica – The Indus Dining Experience”
  4. Cabinet approves Updating European Union Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD):  MoU signed between SEBI and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), United Kingdom

NORTH EAST SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS CONCLAVE 2020

  • Will take place in Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati
  • NITI Aayog is organizing “Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conclave 2020: Partnerships, Cooperation and Development of North Eastern States
  • In association with the North Eastern Council, Government of Assam, Tata Trusts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RISD)
  • Include sessions pertaining to SDG localisation in the northeast, economic prosperity and sustainable livelihoods, climate adaptive agriculture, health and nutrition, education, skill development and entrepreneurship, connectivity and infrastructure development & inequality and exclusion.
  • Each of the sessions, chaired by a renowned domain specialist, are expected to take stock of progress and discuss and deliberate on the way forward for the region in the aforesaid areas.
  • NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national level

ANIMAL CULTURE LINKED TO CONSERVATION FOR THE FIRST TIME AT UN WILDLIFE CONFERENCE IN INDIA

  • Animal culture, the learning of non-human species through socially transmitted behaviors, is being linked to conservation action for the first time
  • There is evidence that whales, dolphins, elephants and primates acquire some of their knowledge and skills through social learning
  • To consider conservation measures for the Eastern Tropical Pacific Sperm Whale and the nut-cracking Chimpanzee two such proposals will be presented to delegates at the ongoing 13th Conference of Parties meeting to the Convention of Migratory Species at Gandhinagar(CMS COP 13)
  • Recent evidence of genetic mixing among these whales suggests that the species may recolonize forgotten migration destinations once the population recovers from the impact of whaling

The Convention on the Conservation on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has been spearheading efforts to use scientific knowledge on animal culture, to better protect endangered wildlife


“HISTORICAL GASTRONOMICA – THE INDUS DINING EXPERIENCE”

  • The National Museum, New Delhi is hosting a unique exhibition on India’s ancient food history
  • The National Museum houses an impressive collection of Indus valley Civilization artefacts
  • The exhibition demonstrates how the first humans evolved due to food habits, learnt to distinguish edible from non-edible substance, food processing techniques and related architecture of the Harappans.
  • It shows how Climate Change defined and continues to define Food Security. Genomic data from diverse present-day South Asians reveal that there is a continuity in our ancestral lineage linking us to the Iranian agriculturalists and South Asian hunter-gathers.
     

CABINET APPROVES UPDATING EUROPEAN UNION ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND MANAGERS DIRECTIVE (AIFMD):  MOU SIGNED BETWEEN SEBI AND FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY (FCA), UNITED KINGDOM

  • The UK exited the EU on 31st January 2020. FCA, UK had submitted to SEBI that no transitional measures would be available if the amended MoU is not signed before the date when the UK exits the European Union (Brexit), and requested SEBI to sign an updated MoU as early as possible
  • In accordance with the requirement of establishing adequate supervisory cooperation arrangements between EU and non-EU authorities under the European Union Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), a bilateral MoU was signed by SEBI with securities regulators of 27 member States of EU / European Economic Area, including Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), United Kingdom on 28th July 2014.
  • In the context of UK’s proposed withdrawal from EU, FCA brought to the notice of SEBI that the existing MoU between SEBI and FCA relating to AIFMD, which is currently anchored on EU law, will no longer apply directly in the UK
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