Delhi hosts SCO-RATS meet:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International Institutions.   Context: At a conference hosted by New Delhi, India, Pakistan, and other members of the Shanghai Collaboration Organisation (SCO) discussed enhancing cooperation in fighting various regional security problems. The conference is being held as part of the SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS).     Background: India …

UN peacekeepers:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: Canada and allies are planning to work togather to support among United Nations General Assembly members, including China, for a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine.   Need of the hour: Countries opposing Russia’s invasion should seek a recommendation from the …

UN peacekeepers:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.     Context: UN peacekeepers and troops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have increased patrols near the site of last week’s deadly raid on internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeast Ituri province.   What’s the issue? The UN …

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL):

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The Economic Survey 2021-22 has highlighted the need for a “standardised framework for cross-border insolvency” that will help lenders of debt-ridden companies to claim and recover the corporations’ assets and liabilities on foreign shores also.   What needs to …

UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea):

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: India remained committed to promoting a free, open and rules-based order rooted in international law and undaunted by coercion, the Centre recently informed Parliament while reiterating support for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). …

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.     Context: At the recently held 20th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government, India observed that raising bilateral issues is counterproductive to the spirit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).   What’s the issue? China and Pakistan have …

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recently held a meeting with the women activists and applauded their courage and affirmed that the UN will continue to stand by the people of Afghanistan.   What is UNAMA? UNAMA was …

Why Covaxin is yet to win WHO’s emergency approval?

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Issues related to health.   Context: The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) approval for WHO pre-qualification, or Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for Bharat Biotech International Ltd’s covid-19 vaccine is moving according to procedure and the Indian government’s haste in pushing through the process is only adding to speculation about the alleged delay. …

World Bank Doing Business report:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context- What has happened? The World Bank, in mid-September, announced that it was set to discontinue publishing its Doing Business report.   Why? This announcement came on the back of an independent investigation that, reportedly, found “data irregularities” that prevailed …

The Conference on Disarmament

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The Conference on Disarmament (CD) is being held in Geneva. At the conference, India expressed deep concern over the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems that could endanger peace and security, saying the possibility of terrorists …

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The 21st meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State was held on 17 September 2021 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in hybrid format. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Emomali Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan.   About the SCO: The …

World Bank discontinues Doing Business rankings:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The World Bank Group has decided to discontinue publication of its ‘Doing Business’ rankings of country business climates after a review of data irregularities in the 2018 and 2020 reports.   What’s the issue? In August 2020, World Bank paused …

WHO pre-qualification, or Emergency Use Listing (EUL): 

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.    Context:  The World Health Organisation (WHO) may take a decision on granting Emergency Use Listing (EUL) to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin this week.  The vaccine should get international recognition with this. Post approval people wanting to travel abroad will not have difficulty.  …

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: Sri Lanka and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are working together to promote the island’s agriculture-based economy. They are now partnering to create the Smallholder Agribusiness and Resilience Project (SARP) to combat poverty, food insecurity and gender inequality. …

Eastern Economic Forum 2021:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. Eastern Economic Forum Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a video-address during the plenary session of the 6th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in Vladivostok, Russia recently. It may be recalled that the PM was the Chief Guest for the 5th EEF …

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: World leaders are planning to meet to discuss the renewal of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which expires on September 17.   Background: Taliban has launched a major nationwide offensive in the wake of the …

UN peacekeepers

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar has announced the rollout of a technological platform in partnership with the UN — ‘UNITE Aware’ — to help enhance the safety of UN peacekeepers. The platform has been used in four UN missions. This …