Arjun Singh To Open UNESCO Meet On MOST

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) Delegates from South Asian nations will meet in New Delhi this week in a United Nations sponsored forum aimed at MOST-- Management of Social Transformations, it was announced today.

Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh will open the two day event-- March 5-6-- to be attended by India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Regional Meeting is being co-organised among others by the HRD Ministry and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO.

Initiated in 2006 in Bhurban, Pakistan the Forum of Ministers of Social Development from South Asia is the 3rd in the series of four such forums established under MOST.

The first two were set up for Latin America and Africa and the 4th forum was set up in the Arab region.

These fora are intended to reinforce linkages between research and policy-making communities by encouraging regional cooperation and exchange of experiences and best national practices.

Delegates are expected to focus on contribution social sciences can help make in promoting Transparency, Right to information and Social Development.

A highlight will be India's ongoing experience with the Right to Information Act 2005 on which Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah will brief participants.

The main topics: -- Transparency, Right to Information and Social Development; -- Introduction to Social Science Research-Policy Linkage; -- From Research to Policy: Itinerary of an Indian Legislation, the Right to Information Act; and -- Regional Forum of Ministers of Social Development: The way Forward.

Delegates will be given a glimpse of Delhi government's initiative on Bhagidari Projects through a field visit to South Delhi.


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