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Global Partnership Summit 2017 - A joint initiative of India & Japan: A curtain raiser
New Delhi is gearing up to host the India Center Foundation (ICF) envisioned Global Partnership Summit (GPS) from?December 11-14, 2017. The summit is a joint initiative of India & Japan.
The GPS was initially started in 1998 as the India-Japan Global Partnership (IJGP), one of the most successful strategic partnerships between Asia's two leading economies, initiated with a prime focus on empowerment and holistic development. The Global Partnership Summit (GPS) has been conceived to take this over-two-decade long partnership between India and Japan to the next level.

According to Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairman, India Center Foundation (a not for profit organization), the mantra of GPS can be simply explained: 'What can India do for Japan? What can Japan do for India? What can India and Japan together do for the world?'

The formidable partnership between India and Japan can be summarized as a bond based on mutual respect, synergized strength and vision for a sustainable future.

Based on the overriding philosophy of 'Omoiyari' ? a social intelligence which allows room for compassion, being considerate and shifting focus on the power of the collective ? GPS promises to bring some of the biggest minds of the world on a single platform, in order to secure a better future.

The summit being hosted at Aerocity in New Delhi is expected to be attended by over 3000 delegates where more than 200 guest speakers shall share their knowledge, expertise and resources with global partners.

The summit will be attended by eminent personalities from the world of politics, industry heads, think-tanks, policy makers, NGOs and youth leaders.

The GPS converges the needs of today into the viability of tomorrow. The key initiatives of the GPS are:

  • Smart Knowledge & Agriculture Corridor

  • Trans Asian Buddhist Circuit

  • Healthcare Initiative

  • Renewable Energy Initiative

  • Smart Cities Initiative

  • Varanasi Kyoto Initiative

  • National Electric Vehicle Initiative

The ultimate goal of the GPS is to achieve the common objective of establishing an Alternative Development Model (ADM) framework.

What is the ADM framework?

ADM is the answer to the developmental issues we face today as a result of fast depleting resources. The current model of development started with limited aspirations (5 per cent of the world's population) and unlimited resources. However, as the aspirations began to grow rapidly, resources began to deplete alarmingly, making the present model of development unsustainable. Contrary to the current model, ADM is based on empowerment and not on the exploitation of resources. ADM lays emphasis on sustainability, environmental responsibility and energy efficiency.

Why is GPS crucial?

The world is today riddled with problems that don't seem to have a solution. For a major part of the world's population, water is scarce, food is insufficient and the demand for energy is at an all-time high. Moreover, the rift between the rich and the poor is always widening. There is an utter lack of healthcare, sanitation and education for the marginalized sections of the world's population. The GPS is an honest attempt to bring the deprived into the mainstream development narrative.

After the inaugural ceremony at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on December 11, the sessions of the summit will be held at various hotels of Aerocity, New Delhi including JW Marriott, Holiday Inn and the Pride Plaza Hotel.

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