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Conference on drug trafficking and national security

♣It was held in Chandigarh.

An official announcement states that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) teams from Delhi, Chennai, Guwahati, and Kolkata will burn and dispose of more than 30,000 kg of drugs during the conference.

The NCB launched its Drug Disposal campaign on June 1 and has since disposed of over 51,217 kg of drugs in 11 states.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Independence, the NCB pledged to burn 75,000 kg of drugs as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

♦Some facts about Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB):

    1. It works under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
    2. It helps in combating drug trafficking as well as use of illegal substances, in accordance with the provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.
    3. NCB was set up in 1986.
    4. It also implements following international obligations of India with respect to drug trafficking:
    • Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
    • Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and
    • United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances.

Chabahar Day Conference

♣It was held in Mumbai.

♣Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) in association with India Ports Global     observed ‘Chabahar Day’ to mark the Chabahar – Link to INSTC – Connecting Central Asian   Markets

♣Dignitaries from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan were present on the occasion.

♣The Chabahar port is a key pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific vision to connect with Eurasia with Indian Ocean Region. The port will also be part of the International North South Transport Corridor network connecting India.

♣Chabahar Port is located on the Gulf of Oman in Iran. It is at a distance of 72 km from the Gwadar Port in Pakistan. Gwadar post was developed by China

International Conference on Chemistry and Applications of Soft Materials

♣The CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, will host an International Conference on CASM 2022.

UN Ocean Conference 2022

♣It was held in Lisbon, Portugal.

♣It was co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal.

♣The overarching theme of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference is “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions”

♣The Key Agenda of the Conference:

  • Push for a moratorium on deep-sea mining of rare metals needed for a boom electric vehicle battery construction. The digging and gauging of the ocean floor by machines can alter or destroy deep-sea habitats.
  • Focus on carbon sequestration to boost the ocean’s capacity to soak up CO2, by either enhancing natural sinks such as mangroves or through geoengineering schemes.
  • A “Blue Deal” was promoted to enable the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth. It includes global trade, investment and innovation to create a sustainable and resilient ocean economy. Focus on blue food to ensure marine harvests from all sources are sustainable and socially responsible.
  • There is no comprehensive legal framework which covers the high seas. Oceans cover some 70% of the earth’s surface and provide food and livelihoods for billions of people.
  • Threats to the oceans include global warming, pollution (including plastic pollution), acidification, marine Heatwaves etc.

13th Petersburg Climate Dialogue

It was held in Berlin, Germany

It was two-day informal ministerial meet which was chaired by Germany and Egypt, they are hosts of this year’s annual climate meet (COP-27) also.

Ministers and delegations called back the need of moving towards implementation of all previous resolutions, which were made during the last meeting, with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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