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First G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting held in Bengaluru

Published on February 15, 2023
Current context: The First G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting was held in Bengaluru, Karnataka under India's G20 Presidency.
First G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting held in Bengaluru

  • The meeting was led by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, and had participation from delegates 29 countries.
  • The G20 countries are committed to working towards the objectives of arresting land degradation, accelerating ecosystem restoration and enriching biodiversity, promoting a sustainable and climate-resilient blue economy, and encouraging resource efficiency and a circular economy.
  • Discussions were held on creating circular economies in various sectors, including steel and biowaste. The ECSWG will also work in close collaboration with other G20 key working groups to address matters of environment, sustainability, and climate change.
  • A session focusing on the theme of 'Sustainable and Climate Resilient Blue Economy' was held, covering issues such as marine litter, conservation and enhancement of coastal and marine ecosystems, and marine spatial planning.
  • India presented the inception report of the technical study on 'Accelerating the transition to Sustainable and Climate Resilient Blue Economy,' covering all G20 countries and provided inputs for the development of high-level principles on 'Sustainable and Climate Resilient Blue Economy.'
  • The Indian Presidency plans to convene an Ocean 20 dialogue to facilitate a detailed discussion on important aspects of the Blue Economy. The Indian Presidency also announced a coordinated beach cleaning event to be conducted on May 21, 2023, on the side-lines of the Ocean 20 dialogue.

Question:

Q.1 Where was First G20 (Group of Twenty) Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting held?
a. Guwahati
b. Indore
c. Chennai
d. Bengaluru
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