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2020-21 International Conferences and Summits

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The list of important summits and conferences are given below:

1. Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) 2020

  • The 37th meeting started on 12th November 2020.
  • It is a virtual meeting that is presided by Viet Nam Prime Minister against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Theme – Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN

Read more about ASEAN in the linked article.

2. BRICS Summit 2020

  • It is the 12 BRICS Summit
  • It was held virtually due to the outbreak of COVID-19 on 17th November 2020.
  • It was scheduled to take place in July 2020 in Saint Petersburg (Russia.)
  • Theme – BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth

Read more about BRICS at the linked article.

3. G-20 Leaders’ Summit 2020-2021

  • G20 Leaders’ Summit 2020 was held virtually on 20th and 21st November 2020 and was presided by Saudi Arabia.
  • Theme: Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All
  • G20 Leaders’ Summit 2021 is scheduled to take place in Italy.

Learn more about G20 and list of its summits in the articles linked below:

4. G7 Summit 2020

  • The G7 Summit 2020 was scheduled to take place in the US from 10th to 12th June 2020, however, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, it has been cancelled.

Read more about G7 in the linked article.

5. Southasian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC Summit 2020)

  • The last SAARC summit was held in 2014. Subsequent SAARC summits have been cancelled.
  • On 24th September 2020, foreign ministers of SAARC countries met at an informal meeting on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA.)

Read more about SAARC at the linked article.

6. India Science Congress 2020

  • It took place between 3rd and 7th January 2020 at Bengaluru (Karnataka.)
  • It was the 107th Indian Science Congress.
  • The theme was  ‘Science & Technology: Rural Development’

7. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit 2020

  • The SCO Summit 2020 was held virtually on 10th November 2020. Read RSTV Big Picture’s take on SCO Summit 2020 in the linked article.
  • It was chaired by Russia.
  • Theme – Reformed Multilateralism

Read in detail about the SCO in the linked article.

8. East Asia Summit 2020

  • The 15th East Asia Summit was held virtually on 10th November 2020.
  • It was chaired by Veit Nam Prime Minister.

Read in detail about the East Asia Summit (EAS) in the linked article.

9. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2020

  • It was held virtually on 21st November.
  • It was chaired by the Malaysian Prime Minister.
  • Theme – “Optimising Human Potential Towards a Resilient Future of Shared Prosperity: Pivot. Prioritise. Progress”.

Read in detail about APEC in the linked article.

10. BIMSTEC Summit 2020

  • The 5th BIMSTEC Summit that was scheduled to take place in December 2020 has been cancelled. It will take place in January 2021.

Read BIMSTEC-related topics from the links provided below:

11. Nuclear Security Conference 2020

  • It took place from 10th-14th February at Vienna, Austria.

Read more about Nuclear Security Summit in the linked article.

12. OPEC Summit 2020

  • 179th OPEC Conference (2020) was held virtually on 6th June 2020.

Learn more about OPEC in the linked article.

13. NATO Summit 2020

  • The latest meeting of NATO took place on 3rd and 4th December 2019 in United Kingdom (UK.)
  • Theme – 70 Years of NATO.

Learn more about NATO at the linked article.

14. Earth Hour 2020

  • It took place digitally on 28th March 2020.
  • The theme was, ‘Climate Action and Sustainable Development.’

15. NAM Summit 2020

  • It held online on 4th May 2020.
  • It was chaired by Azerbaijan’s President.
  • Theme – “United against COVID-19”

Read in detail about Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) in the linked article.

16. CHOGM Summit 2020-21 (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting)

  • It was scheduled for 26th and 27th June 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
  • CHOGM Summit 2021 will now take place on 21st June 2021. Rwanda will chair the CHOGM Summit 2021.

17. Indo-Africa Summit 2020

  • It was a virtual summit that was held in February 2020.

Read about India-Africa Relations in the linked article.

18. COP25 – UNFCCC (2020)

  • The 25th COP to UNFCCC met on 2nd to 3rd December 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
  • Chile presided over COP25.


Courtesy – Byjus


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