Dr Joram Begi, Shri Dipankar Mahanta and Ku. Sayanti on behalf of the Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture participated in the Civil20 Inception Meeting at Nagpur where the Civil Society Organisations got together to discuss the 14 different themes presented by the respective Working Groups in these two days. Below is given the schedule of the meeting.
Day 1: 20 March, 2023
In the forenoon the Plenary Session I on Balancing Development with Environment was held, covering Working Groups on - Integrated Holistic Health: Mind, Body, and Environment; Sustainable & Resilient Communities: Climate, Environment, and Net Zero Targets; Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE); Revival of Rivers & Water Management.
The Chair for this session was Shri Satyananda Mishra, Former Chief Information Commissioner, India and the Invited Speakers were – Dr. Andy Carmone, Dr. Merle de Kreuk, Shri Jadav Payeng, Smt. Indira Khurana. Besides them the WG Coordinators viz., Dr Priya Nair, Dr Maneesha Sudheer, Dr Gajanand Dange and Smt. Vasuki Kalyanasundaram also spoke.
In the afternoon the Inaugural Ceremony was held with Mata Amritanandmayi on the Chair. The Speakers for this Inaugural Session were – Shri Kailash Satyarthi, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Ahmad Maftuchan, Alessandra Nilo, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Amb. Vijay Nambiar and Su.Nivedita R Bhide.
Day 2: 21 March, 2023
In the forenoon the Plenary Session II on Civil Society Organisations and Promotion of Human Values was held covering Working Groups on - Sewa – Sense of Service, Philanthropy and Volunteerism; Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – World is One Family; Diversity, Inclusion, Mutual Respect; Human Rights as Human Values.
The Chair for this session was Shri Shyam Parande, Secretary, Sewa International and the Invited Speakers were – Nasima Hurzuk, Swami Paratmananda and Owain James. Besides them the WG Coordinators viz., Santosh Gupta, Dr.Vikrant Tomar, Dr. Joram Begi and Dr. Durganand Jha also spoke.
In the forenoon the Plenary Session III on Role of Civil Society in Promoting Human Development was held covering Working Groups on - Gender Equality and Disability (GED); SDG 16+ and Promoting Civic Space; Participative Democracy for Governance and Development.
The Chair for this session was Su.Nivedita R Bhide, Vice-President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari and the Invited Speakers were – Gabriella Wright, Shri Bala Subramaniam and Meg Jones. Besides them the WG Coordinators viz., Prof. Bhavani Rao, Nidhi Goyal, Dr. Basavraju R Shreshta and Dr.Jyotsna Mohan also spoke.
In the afternoon the Plenary Session IV on Civil Society Organisations as Drivers of Innovation and Technology was held covering Working Groups on - Technology, Security, and Transparency; Preservation and Conservation of Traditional Arts, Crafts and Culture; Traditional and Innovative Ways of Livelihood and Employment; Education and Digital Transformation; Special Committee on Finance Issues.
The Chair for this session was Amb. Vijay Nambiar, Sherpa, C20 2023 and the Invited Speakers were – Alison Lynn Richards, Jaya Jaitly, Veronika Soboleva and Binny Buchori. Besides them the Working Group Coordinators viz., Dr Krishnashree Achuthan, Smt. Kshipra Shukla, Dr.Prema Nedungadi and Deepti George also spoke.
The Valedictory Session was chaired by Amb. Vijay Nambiar and the Speakers were Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Amb. Abhay Thakur.