G-20 RIIG Conference underway in Dibrugarh, Assam

G-20 Research and Innovation Initiative Gathering (RIIG) Conference is underway in Dibrugarh, Assam. This G20 RIIG Conference will deliberate on ways to create a circular bio-economy to ensure resource efficiency, sustainability, and reduction in carbon emissions. In his inaugural speech as the Chair of the G20 Research and Innovation Initiative conference,  Dr. S Chandrasekhar, Secretary, the Department of Science and Technology said that integration of circular economy and bio-economy is necessary for sustainable economic growth. He added that circular economy and bio-economy are inter-related and instead of looking at them as separate entities, we should aim for mutually beneficial complementary collaboration between them.

The conference comes at a time when sustainable and circular bio-economy is a priority for many countries. It is increasingly recognized as an important approach for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The focus areas include challenges and opportunities in agriculture, de-carbonization of industry, and bio-energy and bioresource management. Deliberations will also focus on regulatory environments, public and private sector collaboration, and the role of Research, Development & Innovation in creating new, circular bio-based technologies, products, and services.

The conference brings together national authorities and experts responsible for planning, setting up new, and managing existing programs on sustainable bio-economy. 103 delegates from G20 member countries, 9 guest countries, and International organizations, along with invited participants from the scientific community are participating in the conference. The outcomes of the conference will be important for policymakers, researchers, and businesses as they seek to find sustainable and effective ways to manage the world’s resources.


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