Page-28 of Current Affairs - May, 2022

WEF’s Alliance of CEO Climate Action Leaders- India

The India chapter of the Alliance of CEO Climate Action Leaders has been launched on the 23rd of May 2022 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to boost India’s decarbonization and climate action efforts.

Who is a part of this alliance?

This alliance has brought together CEOs from the leading businesses of India. This alliance is a part of the WEF’s Climate Action Platform and will be looking to build upon the learnings from global projects like the First Movers Coalition and the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. The Indian chapter of the Alliance will be bringing together the businesses, government, and various other key stakeholders to achieve India’s target of net zero by 2070.

The alliance is a collaboration between which organizations?

This Alliance is a collaboration between the Indian think-tank Observer Research Foundation and the management consultancy Kearney.

What is the aim of this alliance?

This alliance will be serving as a high-level platform with the aim of supporting business leaders of the country to plan and implement programmes through which climate targets, including the net-zero economic growth, can be achieved. The Alliance will also be taking collaborative and decisive steps to scale up efforts to meet the net-zero targets of the country.

What is the World Economic Forum?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in the year 1971 and it brings together decision-makers from across the globe to work on various projects so as to make a real difference in society. The WEF is generally known for its annual meeting that is held in Davos, Switzerland. In this meeting, The meeting is attended by around 3,000 paying members as well as selected participants like business leaders, investors, economists, political leaders, and journalists. Around 500 sessions are held for a period of up to five days to discuss various global issues.

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75th Edition of the World Health Assembly

From 22nd to 28th May 2022, the 75th World Health Assembly is being held in Geneva, Switzerland. This is the first in-person Health Assembly since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

What is the theme of this year’s health assembly?

“Health for peace, peace for health” is the theme for this year’s assembly. The COVID-19 pandemic along with other health emergencies has showcased the WHO’s role in coordinating all forms of response to put a check on such events. A key theme of the Health assembly is to strengthen the preparedness mechanism for responding to health emergencies.

What programs are being held at this event?

A series of strategic roundtable meetings are being held at the 75th World Health Assembly. During these meetings, the delegates of the World Health Assembly, representatives of various civil societies, partner agencies, and experts from WHO will be discussing future and current public health issues that are of global importance.

What were the important decisions taken?

On the first day of the 75th World Health Assembly, the member states agreed to adopt policies that will be improving the financing model of the World Health Organization. The Sustainable Financing Working Group is made up of the member states of WHO and was set up in January 2021 and chaired by Björn Kümmel, from Germany recommended the improvement of the financial model.

What is the World Health Assembly?

The World Health Organization’s decision-making body is the World Health Assembly. This assembly is attended by delegations representing all the member countries of WHO. It focuses on a specific health agenda that is prepared by the Executive Board. The World Health Assembly’s main functions are to govern the policies of the World Health Organization, appoint WHO’s Director-General, review as well as approve the programme budget, and supervise the various financial policies. In Geneva, Switzerland, the Health Assembly is held every year.

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