Defending champions Netherlands defeat Canada 2-0

Raipur, 2nd Dec 2015: Defending champions the Netherlands became the first team to qualify semi-finals of the Hero Hockey World League Final 2015, but were given a stern test by a Canada team that produced their best performance of the event in Raipur, India. 

Canada’s Red Caribous made life extremely difficult for the European champions, who eventually emerge victorious with a 2-0 triumph thanks to goals from Constantijn Jonker coupled with a late strike from Roel Bovendeert. The Canadians had numerous chances of their own, but could not find a way past Netherlands goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak.

The Netherlands will face the winner of tonights quarter final meeting between Australia or Germany in the semi-finals, while Canada will play in the 7-8 classification game.

“The Canadians did very well out there, and I am very happy with the win because they had some good opportunities and our goalie was amazing today”, said Netherlands star Seve van As. “They are a tough team and they deserve to be here at the Hero Hockey World League Final, so I am really happy that we won.”

Canada goalkeeper Antoni Kindler said: “We are definitely more pleased with the performance today than in the last couple of games, but ahead of the match we talked about giving ourselves the best possible chance of winning this one. We had a lot of belief out there but we didn’t take our chances and ultimately that is what cost us. It is definitely work in progress, and we are looking forward to building towards the Rio Olympics.”  

Hero Man of the Match: Mark Pearson (CAN)

India marches towards Smart and Sustainable Development

On 350th anniversary of Saint Gobain : Smart Green Summit

Naresh Kumar Sagar's photo.
Naresh Kumar Sagar's photo.
Naresh Kumar Sagar's photo.
Naresh Kumar Sagar's photo.
Naresh Kumar Sagar's photo.

India marches towards Smart and Sustainable Development

Delhi – December 02, 2015: Delhi saw eminent speakers and thought leaders come together for a series of strategic discussions to converse about the various aspects of creating a Sustainable Habitat. Smart Green Summit and Awards 2015, an ET Edge initiative brought together leaders such as Shri. Anant Geete, (Honourable Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India), Babul Supriyo  (Minister of State for Urban Development), Mr. Anand Mahajan, (General Delegate for India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, Saint-Gobain) and international speakers namely J. Mayer H, Dr. Nigel Oseland, James Edwards and Peter Griffins, among others.

The celebration comes at the onset of 350th anniversary of Saint Gobain and its success story. “Saint-Gobain believes that it can play an important role in shaping the future by designing, manufacturing and distributing building and high-performance materials, which provide innovative solutions to meet the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. On our 350th anniversary, we aim to strengthen this commitment even further by becoming the reference for sustainable habitat in India and doubling our business in the country in the next few years.” says Mr. Anand Mahajan, General Delegate for India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, Saint-Gobain.

The event was a platform to discuss a more “disruptive” form of innovation needed to bring about significant and systemic change. Shri. Anant Geete, (Honourable Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India) said, “The world today is alert about environmental factors and sustainable development. Just like Narendra Modi enlightened at the Climate Change Summit, I would reiterate that we need to understand our responsibility towards environmental changes today and work towards development keeping sustainability in mind. This will help us transform into a developed and Green nation.”

Present at the event, Mr. Babul Supriyo, Hon’ble Minister of State for Urban Development said, “When it comes down to what we can do, we need to become more aware of how we can participate in making our cities smart enough to support the plethora of people moving into urban areas. We have 4041 cities in India, and they are full because rural areas haven’t been taken care of as they should have. With a lot of our cities being ancient, history doesn’t favour you in present times. It actually hurts you more.”

Delivering comfort in a sustainable way through design is an essential element today. Simon Griffiths, (Executive Principal, Aedas) elaborated, “There are always going to be gaps and holes that need to be filled when it comes to planning a city. To develop a city sustainably will take time. We can start to add layers to the city, whether old or new, but maybe the right way of city planning is not to expand outwards, but to consolidate. Rather than consolidate, densify current cities.”

Speaking about the event, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President, Times Conferences Limited, said “Smart Green 2015 is a platform that addresses the most pertinent need of the hour. Sustainability and innovation is an initiative to be taken with utmost priority and what’s imperative is for it to be taken up in a novel manner. With changing patterns of behaviour, we spend more time indoors than outdoors. Consequently, it is important to create a design which is conducive to our senses and takes heed of our surroundings.” The Summit, in the second half also honoured organizations and individuals who have been championing the cause of a sustainable habitat and addressing it through their work.

Smart Green Summit 2015 closed this evening, Mr. Y.C Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC received the Jury Smart Green Award (Lifetime Achievement).

Below is the quote which I would request you to carry this along with the news tomorrow. Attached is the picture of him receiving the Jury Smart Green Leader Award (Lifetime Achievement) along with other images from the summit.

“Team ITC has been hard at work to realise the vision we set out for ourselves almost 2 decades ago. These 2 decades have seen us become a global exemplar in sustainability, which is much more than just being green. If we continue with the way we are, we consume more than what the planet can bear, we are on a track that is not sustainable. We must create a business model that sees us create riches for business and for the environment. “


About ET Edge: Times Conferences Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, roundtables and case studies. The forums would ensure that senior decision makers are.


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Assistant Manager | Communicate India



a series of monthly screenings
in collaboration with the India International Centre
Curated by Rajiv Mehrotra

16th (Wed) December, 2015, 6:30 pm

Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi – 110003

A film by Alan Stivelman, 90 minutes

A young man is twenty-five years old and is looking for the reason of his existence, the meaning of life. A camera and a notebook filled with questions are the only items he needs to set off on a journey to the Andes range. With Placido, an Andean paqo (priest), he will be taken on an introspective journey such as has never been documented before.

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16th (Wed) to 31st (Thu) December, 2015
09: am – 09:00 pm

ATRIUM, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003
in collaboration with the Visual Arts Gallery

A N   E X H I B I T I O N   O F   P H O T O G R A P H S
by   T E N Z I N   C H O E J O R

His Holiness The Dalai Lama turned 80 this year. The exhibition of photographs by a talented Tibetan photographer portraits His Holiness in Dharamsala where he resides, and in his travels around India, the land of the Buddha’s birth. He has often described himself and the Tibetans as the Chelas of India, their Guru. It is today the other way around. The photographs celebrate one of the most respected and loved public figure of our times for his inclusive message of compassion.

TENZIN CHOEJOR was born in Lhasa, Tibet, studied in Upper TCV, (Tibetan Children’s Village) Dharamsala after coming to India in 1987.  He completed his Bachelor’s in Political Science in 2002 and Masters in Mass Communications in 2005 from MCC (Madras Christian College), Chennai. In July 2005, he joined the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and since then has been working as the official photographer for His Holiness and as webmaster of
30th (Wed) December, 2015, 02:00 pm onwards

Auditorium, India International Centre
Max Mueller Road, New Delhi – 110003

in association with the India International Centre presents


(Curated by Rajiv Mehrotra)

Rajiv Mehrotra, 48 Min, 02:00 pm

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks to Rajiv Mehrotra about his gratitude to the people of India, about his life and how to be happy.

Z A Hamdani, 26 Min, 02:50 pm

The film explores  the unique world of this minority community of Tibetan Muslims, their lives and its challenges in exile.

T Wangchuk & T Dorjee, 30 Min, 03:20 pm

A telling of the remarkable story of an exiled community who have embraced democracy and are engaged in a rigorous discourse on ’Genuine Autonomy’ or an ‘Independent Tibet’.

N Tuli & A Abbas, 37 Min, 03:55 pm

An exploration of the quiet struggle by the Tibetans in Exile in India to keep their culture and identity alive.

Dev Agarwal, 52 Min, 04:40 pm

A travelogue as experienced by a multi-faith group of diverse youth on a journey that explores and understands different faiths.

Dev Agarwal, 52 Min, 05:35 pm

This travelogue tells the story of a group of young Indians as they discover and embrace, for a month, the life of the Tibetan people in ‘Little Lhasa’ or McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh.

Gaurav Saxena, 52 Min, 06:35 pm
followed by Q&A with the Director

HH The Dalai Lama has often called India as the ‘Guru’ of the Tibetan people. Most people think the situation is the other way around. The film explores the special relationship The Dalai Lama and the Tibetans share with India

Benoy K Behl, 30 Min, 07:40 pm
followed by Q&A with the Director

Tibetan Buddhism is deeply rooted in Nalanda and other ancient and medieval universities of India. These were great centers of research and education, where a science of the mind was studied with great logic and precision. The film explores these Indian roots of Tibetan Buddhism.


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FMArun: GDP growth better this fiscal


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that GDP in the current fiscal will be better than the 7.3 per cent growth rate recorded in the last financial year. Talking to reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Jaitley said manufacturing sector recorded a significant growth of 9.3 per cent in the September quarter despite an adverse global situation. He, however, expressed confidence that private sector investments would pick up faster in coming quarters.

Finance Minister was responding to the GDP growth rate which came in at 7.4 per cent for July-September, higher than 7 per cent in the April-June quarter. Mr Jaitley said the country has been facing a large number of domestic and global challenges, and slowly private investments have started to pick up. Finance Minister said foreign direct investment, particularly in greenfield projects, has grown and public investments too have gained traction. The data released by Central Statistics Office, CSO had showed that manufacturing sector grew 9.3 per cent in July-September as against 7.9 per cent in the year-ago period.

RBI keeps key rates unchanged


Reserve Bank kept the key policy rates unchanged in its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review today.The repo rate, at which RBI lends money to banks, stayed at 6.75 per cent, while the reverse repo rate, at which RBI borrows money from banks, was at 5.75 percent.
The cash reserve ratio, which is the amount of deposits lenders need to keep with RBI, also remained unchanged at 4 per cent. The statuary liquidity ratio, or the percentage of deposits that lenders have to maintain in the form of gold or government bonds, was retained at 21.5 per cent. The marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate at 7.75 per cent.
The GDP forecast was unchanged at 7.4 per cent with a moderate downward bias, with the apex bank saying that the economy has showed signs of early recovery.

The apex bank also assessed that the inflation target for January next year at 6 per cent was within reach.It has called for better supply management of food items to contain inflation arising from Rabi crop shortfall.RBI also said that it will shortly announce methodology for determining the base rate taking into account the marginal cost of funds, a move aimed at ensuring that banks pass on policy rate cuts to borrowers.

On the policy review, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said that all steps are being taken to broaden and open up the economy further, but in a steady manner and not like a big bang. He said, they will use the space for further accommodation, when available, while keeping the economy anchored to the projected disinflation path that should take inflation down to 5 per cent by March 2017.

Mr Rajan said, RBI will monitor developments on the commodity prices, including food and oil and external developments in its future policy formulations. He also said that RBI will closely watch the impact of the 7th Pay Commission on inflation for future policy deliberations.

The RBI Governor also said that Inflation is expected to broadly follow the path set out in the September review with risks slightly on the downside. He also expressed anguish at the banks’ reluctance to pass on the benefits of the earlier rate cut actions to the borrowers.

RBI had cut repo rate by 50 basis points in the last policy review. In all, the central bank has cut 125 basis points this year in a bid to spur economic growth. The sixth bi-monthly monetary policy will be announced on 2nd February next year.


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Argentina defeat Germany 3-1


Raipur, 30th Nov 2015: Gonzalo Peillat scored a double for the third match in succession as Argentina defeated Olympic champions Germany 3-1, guaranteeing a second place finish in Pool B at the Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 in Raipur, India.

Finishing second in the Pool means that Argentina will face the team that finishes third in Pool A in the quarter-finals. Germany finished third in Pool B, and will take on the second place finisher from Pool A.

Los Leones took the lead thanks to Peillat’s 17th minute penalty corner before Niklas Wellen restored parity ahead of half time.

There was a moment of drama in the third quarter when Argentina’s Joaquin Menini was brought down by Germany goalkeeper Nico Jacobi, who was subsequently yellow carded. Remarkably, the resulting penalty stroke was brilliantly saved by substitute keeper Andreas Späck, who dived to his right to deny Juan Gilardi.

Two goals in two fourth quarter minutes settled the contest, with Matias Paredes pouncing from close range ahead of another Peillat penalty corner.

Speaking after the match, Germany’s Oliver Korn said: “We are quite disappointed. It is always tough to play against Argentina. We didn’t defend so well today. For us it doesn’t matter who we play in the quarter-final, we just want to win the next game, but more importantly use the matches to develop as a team and get better.”

Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi, who played his 200th international match today, said: “We are very proud of this game. After the result against the Netherlands the other day our goal was to make a similar game against a tough German team, and I think we played very smart, very solid and were very effective in the circle. Today was a special day for me, and I really enjoyed the game.”

Hero Man of the Match: Gonzalo Peillat (ARG)



Voler app for iOS brings the car of your choice at your doorsteps

Ties up with one of the best payment solutions gateways Citrus for smooth payments


Mumbai, 30th November, 2015:  Voler, one of India’s finest self-drive car rental enterprise today  announced the release of Voler app for iOS. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and allows users to find and book from a wide range of cars on the go. Voler app users can find the car location,  select their ride, and either pick it up from the nearest location or book a doorstep delivery within minutes.  To enhance the experience further, the startup has tied up with one of the best payment solutions gateways Citrus for smooth payments.


Voler app is first of its kind app which has in-built delivery option embedded in it. The app will soon allow users to view full checklist, rate customer experience, provide 24*7 roadside assistance and lock/unlock the cars.


Worldwatch Institute at UN Climate Change Negotiations

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Worldwatch Institute at UN Climate Change Negotiations

Washington, D.C.—- Worldwatch will contribute to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starting in Paris, France today by advising governmental delegations, participating in high-level consultations, and speaking at conferences for the general public (

“The Paris climate summit has all the ingredients to make history: an almost universal understanding of the urgency to act, an agreement on the final document within reach, and governments worldwide determined to act,” says Alexander Ochs, Director of Climate and Energy and Worldwatch’s head of delegation.
“A quarter century after the world embarked on protecting the atmosphere, we are closer than ever to making real change happen. Paris can alter the way we generate and consume energy; manufacture goods; produce our food and treat our forests and peatlands; run our transport systems; respond to the ecosystem changes already underway; and, maybe most importantly, work together across borders when confronted with problems of global scale,” says Ochs. “Let’s seize this opportunity!”
Worldwatch will be among the international civil society organizations at the COP21 that will lead in debates and discussions about solutions to climate change.
“It is time for society to come together and act,” says Ed Groark, Chairman of the Worldwatch Institute. “The world can no longer afford to squabble while dramatic changes in the global climate already shift the social and environmental systems on which we universally rely. There is enormous public momentum behind the negotiations in Paris. The COP must become a watershed event that sets the course for governments, businesses, and social societies in how we treat our environment and each other for decades to come.”
Alexander Ochs can be reached directly throughout the conference at +49 170 665 0165. 
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Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. Worldwatch delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs (
From INDC Design to NDC Implementation—- Integrated Climate Projects as a Vehicle for Effective and Sustainable Climate Impact | Workshop of the International Climate Initiative (ICI)
December 5, 2015 | 14:00 — 15:30 | Hotel Hyatt Regency, Charles de Gaulle, 351 avenue du Bois de la Pie
Working group III: Sectoral approaches to INDC implementation
Input: Alexander Ochs, Director, Climate and Energy
To illuminate how international cooperation efforts can most appropriately support partner countries, the meeting addresses barriers related to Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) implementation: (1) financing of INDCs, (2) sectoral approaches for INDC implementation, and (3) the role of co-benefits for INDC implementation. Note: This event is not open to the public.
Meeting of the Sectoral Leads of the Low-Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS-GP)
December 7, 2015
Chairman of the Energy Working Group: Alexander Ochs, Director, Climate and Energy
Alexander Ochs will present the ambitious 2016 program of the Energy Working Group to other sectoral leads of the Low-Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership. Note: This event is not open to the public.
Advancing Low Carbon Development in the West African Region
December 8, 2015 | 14:00 — 15:30 | Salle 1 of the Africa Pavilion | COP 21
Panelist: Alexander Ochs, Director, Climate and Energy
The Ministers of Environment of Senegal and Gambia will co-chair a panel of experts to discuss the developmental challenges in the West African region in the face of a changing climate and the imperatives and benefits for low-carbon development. Learn about trends and lessons in the region as well as the necessary tools than can drive low carbon development.
Meat —- The Big Omission from the Talks on Emissions
December 9, 2015 | 15:00 — 16:30 | Observer Room 04 | COP 21
Speaker: Wanqing Zhou, Research Associate, Food and Agriculture
Leading experts and government officials will discuss the climate impacts of meat and dairy consumption, public awareness about these impacts, and potential policy and behavior change solutions. The focus will be on action post-Paris as well as on new research and work in Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Unsustainable Meat: The Impacts of Industrial Livestock and Feedstock Production on Climate and the People
December 10, 2015 | 10:00 — 11:30 | The Netherlands Climate Pavilion | COP 21
Speaker: Wanqing Zhou, Research Associate, Food and Agriculture
Small farmers, representatives from affected communities, and social participants impacted by industrial livestock and feedstock production will present testimonies, photographs, and creative campaigns to contribute to the discussion of agroecology and food sovereignty as solutions to the climate crisis.
Before and during the COP21 Paris Conference, the Worldwatch Institute is publishing a series of blogs featuring developments and expectations from the negotiations as well as from various regions. Please check in for updates. Among the posts already published:


Opening of 10th session of Intangible Heritage Committee in Windhoek


Windhoek, 30 November—The 10th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage chaired by Trudie Amulungu of Namibia, opened on 29 November in Windhoek with the participation of 500 delegates from some 100 countries.


Key speakers at the opening ceremony included Laura Mcleod-Katjirua, Governor of Namibia’s Khomas Region, Awad Ali Saleh, Chairperson of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Stanley Simataa, President of UNESCO’s General Conference, and Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture of Namibia.


Elemotho, the Namibian musician, performed at the ceremony, which also included a dance performance and poetry reading.


“UNESCO has over the years rightly placed great emphasis on the protection of humanity’s intangible heritage. Central to UNESCO’s mission is the recognition that whatever human beings have created, built and invented over the centuries is the collective heritage of all humankind, for which we have to assume collective responsibility. The destruction, abuse, violation and defiling of any item diminishes us all and should be avoided at all costs,” said the Namibian Minister of Education, Arts and Culture. […] Like the land we live on and the life that it supports, we protect what we value. For intangible culture to be kept alive, it must remain relevant in the context of the current generation, who must in turn, maintain its relevance going forward.” Ms Hanse-Himarwa said.


UNESCO General Conference President Stanley Simataa for his part highlighted the major role intangible cultural heritage could play in implementing the 2030 sustainable development agenda: “Indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices embedded in our cultures, are powerful tools to address the pressing challenges facing humanity today. These challenges include poverty and hunger in all their dimensions, climate change and natural disasters, loss of biodiversity, social marginalization and economic inequalities.”

In a video message to participants, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, described Namibia as “a great champion of the 2003 Convention” for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and thanked its government for hosting the meeting. “This is a strong signal for Africa, UNESCO’s global priority. This is a strong signal for intangible heritage,” she said.

During its session, which ends on 4 December, the Committee will review six nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, as well as 34 nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The 24 members of the Committee will also examine a range of 12 ethical principles to be considered in safeguarding intangible heritage. Their goal is to prevent disrespect and misappropriation—be it moral, legal or commercial—of intangible cultural heritage. They recognize the importance of ensuring the free and informed prior consent of local communities, respecting the rights of those concerned to full and equitable participation in any process, project or activity that may affect them, and acknowledging the crucial role of communities in maintaining and managing their culture and heritage.

The List in Need of Urgent Safeguarding features intangible heritage elements whose viability is at risk and whose safeguarding is regarded as a matter of urgency. It numbers 38 elements to date and enables States Parties to the Convention to mobilize international cooperation and assistance to ensure the transmission of these cultural practices with the participation of the communities concerned.

The following elements are nominated for inscription on the List in Need of Urgent Safeguarding this year:

  • Colombia – Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena region
  • Egypt – Traditional hand puppetry
  • Mongolia – Coaxing ritual for camels
  • Portugal – Manufacture of cowbells
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia—Glasoechko, male two-part singing in Dolni Polog
  • Uganda – Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoples

The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity numbers 314 elements to date. It aims to enhance the visibility of communities’ traditions and knowledge without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity.

This year’s nominations for the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity are:

  • Afghanistan – Attan
  • Algeria – Sbuâ, annual pilgrimage to the zawiya of Sidi El Hadj Belkacem in Gourara
  • Andorra; Spain; France – Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees
  • Argentina – Filete porteño in Buenos Aires, a traditional painting technique
  • Armenia – Kochari, traditional group dance
  • Austria – Classical horsemanship and the High School of the Spanish Riding School Vienna
  • Azerbaijan – Copper craftsmanship of Lahij
  • Bangladesh – Jatra traditional performing arts
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – Konjic woodcarving
  • Bulgaria – Surova folk feast in Pernik region
  • Bulgaria; The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Republic of Moldova; Romania – Cultural practices associated to the first of March
  • Cambodia; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Viet Nam – Tugging rituals and games
  • Colombia; Ecuador – Marimba music, traditional chants and dances from Colombia’s South Pacific region and Equador’s Esmeraldas Province
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – Tradition of kimchi-making
  • Dominican Republic – Son
  • Ethiopia – Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama people
  • Greece – Tinian marble craftsmanship
  • Indonesia – Three genres of traditional dance in Bali
  • Italy – Celebration of the Celestine Pardon
  • Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan – Aitysh/Aitys, art of improvisation
  • Kyrgyzstan – Kok-boru, traditional horse game
  • Namibia – Oshituthi shomagongo, marula fruit festival
  • Nigeria – Eyo masquerade festival
  • Peru – Wititi dance of the Colca Valley
  • Romania – Lad’s dances in Romania
  • Saudi Arabia – Alardah Alnajdiyah, dance, drumming and poetry in Saudi Arabia
  • Slovakia – Bagpipe culture
  • Tajikistan – Art of Chakan embroidery in Kulob
  • Turkmenistan – Epic art of Gorogly
  • United Arab Emirates; Oman – Al-Razfa, a traditional performing art
  • United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia; Oman; Qatar – Majlis, a cultural and social space
  • United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia; Oman; Qatar – Arabic coffee, a symbol of generosity
  • Uzbekistan – Ropewalking
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) – Traditional knowledge and technologies relating to the growing and processing of the Curagua




An information kit on the session contains facts and figures, frequently asked questions, information on proposed candidates and suggested contacts for interviews is available here:

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Police fire tear gas, use pepper spray to disperse protesters in Paris

 French Capital Paris, police fired tear gas and used pepper spray to disperse protesters pleading for world leaders to curb global warming. In yesterday’s demonstration ahead of UN summit on climate change, several thousand protesters had formed a human chain in the city. Riot police took action after a group of protesters pelted officers with bottles and candles. Around 100 people were arrested who marched in the Capital in defiance of a recent ban on public demonstrations after terror attacks in the city.

Earlier in the day, in a bid to circumvent security measures implemented after the November 13 attacks, thousands of shoes were placed in the city’s sprawling central plaza to represent citizens urging a climate agreement. Organisers of the display said that the Vatican donated a pair of shoes bearing the name of Pope Francis.

100 people rescued from Singapore-bound sinking boat


Nearly  100 people were rescued when a Singapore-bound boat hit a floating object and started to sink near the Indonesian island of Batam. Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority today said they received a report last night that the ferry hit the object after leaving Batam, one of the popular resort islands about 40 minute ride from Singapore. It said Ferry operator Batamfast called out two other ferries that rescued all 90 passengers and seven crew and took them back to the terminal in Batam. All the passengers are accounted for.