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4th G20 CWG meeting in Varanasi to continue discussions on Draft declaration

August 25, 2023 1:30 PM IST

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G20 Culture Working Group meeting commended the exceptional feat achieved by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar south pole, underscoring India’s growing prowess in the in the realm of space exploration. G20 members also congratulated India for its successful mission to the Moon.

The 4th meeting of the G20 Culture Working Group started in Varanasi on Thursday with delegates deliberating on the draft of the ministerial declaration ahead of the Culture Ministers’ Meeting on August 26.

Union Culture Secretary and Chair of the G20 Culture Working Group Govind Mohan highlighted the uniting power of culture by expressing that the universal canvas of culture epitomizes the shared human journey, fortifying our sense of global kinship.

After the discussion, delegates visited Sarnath, Where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, sanctified as Maha Dharma Chakra Parivartan. The glistening pillar was established here by Emperor Ashoka and it marks the foundation of the Buddhist Sangha. Delegates also had a guided tour of the Sarnath museum.

The delegates also experienced an immersive cultural performance showcasing India’s rich music traditions – “Waves of Music” which had four exciting presentations underlining Hindustani Classical Music.

The first two Culture Working Group meetings have enabled the CWG to build a working dynamic across the Membership, which was enriched by the outcomes of the Global Thematic Webinars. The 3rd Culture Working Group in Hampi was a pivotal moment that shaped the trajectory of the CWG’s work and solidified the commitment to collective action and the shaping of the working documents.

The meeting resumed today with the delegates from the G20 members, invitee countries and international organisations continuing the discussions over the Draft of the Culture Ministers Declaration for the upcoming Culture Ministers’ Meeting on 26th August 2023.

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