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Recent News: QUAD summit happened in Japan. This was the 4th summit.

Meeting Highlights

Q-CHAMP- Quad Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Package with ‘mitigation’ and ‘adaptation’ as its two themes

Will focus on green shipping, clean energy cooperation in clean hydrogen and methane emissions from the natural gas sector; and climate and disaster-resilient infrastructure.

It will also cover new cooperation in clean fuel ammonia, CCUS- Carbon capture, utilization and storage/Carbon Recycling, cooperation, and capacity-building support to advance high integrity carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA)

It will offer a near-real-time, integrated, and cost-effective maritime domain awareness picture, and allow tracking of ‘dark shipping’ and other tactical-level activities

The Indian Navy’s information fusion centre in Gurugram is s likely to be a key part of the IPMDA

Quad Fellowship Program

It will be offered by the Quad to students from four countries. It is a philanthropic initiative led by the Schmidt Futures to annually provide 25 students from each Quad country with financial support to do their master’s and doctoral degrees at Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) universities in the US.

50bn in Infrastructure Investment 

The leaders also committed to deepening cooperation on infrastructure by addressing debt issues and extending more than $50bn in infrastructure assistance and investment in the Indo-Pacific over the next 5 years. 

Quad Partnership on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)

A Quad Partnership on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) for the Indo-Pacific was also announced by the Leaders to enable more effective and timely responses to disasters in the region. They agreed to provide countries in the region with resources on earth observation data through a Quad satellite data portal to help track climate events, disaster preparedness, and sustainable use of marine resources.

The next Summit will be hosted by Australia in 2023.

Background

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) is the informal strategic dialogue between India, the USA, Japan, and Australia. The four nations share a common objective to ensure and support a “free, open, and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region.

The idea of Quad was first mooted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007. In November 2017, India, the US, Australia, and Japan gave shape to the long-pending “Quad” Coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence.

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