Showing posts with label CURRENT AFFAIRS 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CURRENT AFFAIRS 2012. Show all posts

Sunday, December 30, 2012


BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summits
  • 4th BRICS Summit 2012 – New Delhi, India
  • 5th BRICS Summit 2013 – Durban, South Africa
G-8 Annual Summits
Group of Eight (G8) CountriesFrance, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Russia.
  • 37th G8 Meeting 2011 – Deauville, France
  • 38th G8 Meeting 2012 – David camp, USA
  • 39th G8 Summit 2013 – County Fermanagh, UK
  • 40th G8 Summit 2014 – Russia
G-20 Summits
  • 7th G 20 Meeting 2012 – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • 8th G 20 Meeting 2013 – Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 9th G 20 Meeting 2014 – Brisbane, Australia
SAARC Summits
SAARC – South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
  • 17th SAARC Summit 2011– Addu, Maldives
  • 18th SAARC Summit 2013 – Kathmandu,Nepal
ASEAN Summits
ASEANAssociation of South East Asian Nation
  • 19th ASEAN Summit 2011 (November) – Bali, Indonesia
  • 20th ASEAN Summit 2012 (April) – Phnom penh, Cambodia
  • 21th ASEAN Summit 2012 (November)– Phnom penh, Cambodia
ASEAN-India Summit
  • 9th ASEAN-India Summit 2011 – Bali, Indonesia
  • 10th ASEAN-India Summit 2012 – Phnom penh, Cambodia
East Asia Summit (EAS)
EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings.
  • 6th East Asia Summit 2011 – Bali, Indonesia
  • 7th East Asia Summit 2012 – Phnom penh, Cambodia
IBSA Summits
IBSA Dialogue Forum - India, Brazil, South Africa.
  • 5th IBSA Summit 2011 – Pretoria, South Africa
  • 6th IBSA Summit 2013 – India
APEC Summits
APEC – Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • 23rd APEC summit 2011 – Honolulu, USA
  • 24th APEC Summit 2012 – Vladivostok,Russia
  • 25th APEC Summit 2013 – Medan/Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 26th APEC Summit 2014 – China
  • 27th APEC Summit 2015 – Philippines
  • 28th APEC Summit 2016 – Lima, Peru
OPEC Seminars
OPECOrganization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
  • 4th OPEC International Seminar 2009 – Vienna, Austria
  • 5th OPEC International Seminar 2012 – Vienna, Austria
NAM Summits
NAM – Non-aligned Movement
  • 16th NAM Summit 2012 – Tehran, Iran
  • 17th NAM Summit 2015 – Caracas,Venezuela
SCO Meetings
SCOShanghai Cooperation Organization
  • SCO Meeting 2011 – Astana, Kazakhstan
  • SCO Meeting 2012 – Beijing, China
  • SCO Meeting 2013 – Kyrgyzstan
NATO (North Atlantic treaty organization) international conference on Afghanistan will be held in Chicago (USA)

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meetings
Annual meeting of the board of governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held every year.
  • ADB Annual Meeting 2012 – Manila, Philippines
  • ADB Annual Meeting 2013 – New Delhi, India
WTO Ministerial Conferences
  • 8th WTO Ministerial Conferences 2011 – Geneva, Switzerland
  • 9th WTO Ministerial Conferences 2013 (Expected) -Bali, Indonesia
Other Important Summits
  • United Nations framework convention on Climate, 2011 – Durban, South Africa
  • 10th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change – New Delhi, India
  • Arab summit 2012 – Baghdad, Iraq
  • Nuclear security summit 2012 – Seoul, South Korea
  • 12th Annual summit of European Union and India – New Delhi, India
  • G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Friends of Syria Meeting – Istanbul,Turkey
  • 5th Ministerial level India-UK Economic Financial Dialogue – New Delhi
  • United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 – Rio de janeiro,Brazil
  • 17th National youth Festival – Mangalore, Karnataka
  • World Economic Forum – Davos, Switzerland
  • World Polio Summit 2012 – New Delhi, India
  • India, Russia Inter-Governmental Commission meet 2012 – New Delhi, India
  • The sixth conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians held in Islamabad on 4th November 2012.
  • E-9 countries review meeting held in New Delhi on 9th and 10th November 2012.The E-9 countries are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria and Mexico.
  • The 8th meeting of the India-UK Joint Working Group (JWG) on counter terrorism was held on 20 November 2012 in New Delhi.
  • The 3rd Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit organized by East West Institute, a New York based think-and-do tank, kick-started in the New Delhi on 30th October 2012.
  • South Korea will host the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2014.
  • The XI Conference of Parties (CoP-11) on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) being hosted by India at Hyderabad starts on 1st October 2012.
  • The 9th World Hindi Conference to be held in Johannesburg ,South Africa from 22-24 September 2012.The first world Hindi Conference was held in Nagapur from 10-12 January 1975.
  • The APEC Russia 2012 Summit is the 24th annual gathering of APEC leaders of 21 countries.Leaders from the member economics are currently meeting on Russky Island off the Coast of Vladivostok, Russia from September 2-9 ,2012 .
  • The world’s largest meeting on HIV/AIDS opened on 22nd July in Washington.
  • The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Summit held in HICC, Novotel Hyderabad. The summit was held between 22 August 2012 to 25 August 2012.
  • 7th ASEAN education Ministers meeting on July 4 with the 1st Asean plus three education Minister Meeting and the 1st East Asia Summit Education Minister meeting from July4-5 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • A One day International conference in Kabul took place on June 14,2012 to discuss ways to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan and boost regional cooperation.
  • 101 st session of International Labour Conference organized by International Labour Organization(ILO), concluded on June 14 ,2012 in Geneva.
  • The Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments took place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012
  • India To Host Alternative International AIDS conference
  • World Agriculture Congress mega event will be hosted by the Hyderabad city for the first time in the country.
  • The 6th Summit of the Americas was held At Cartagena, Colombia on 14 and 15 April 2012.
  • The Russia, India and China (RIC) trilateral conference was held in Mascow on 13 April 2012.
  • The seventh meeting of the India-Russia Joint Working Group was held in New Delhi on 11 April 2012.
  • Two-days national agricultural conference held at New Delhi.
  • The international exhibition-cum conference ” Indian Aviation 2012 held at Hyderabad from 14-18 March 2012.
  • The 23rd Arab summit was held on 29 March 2012 Baghdad, half of the Arab world’s 22 heads of states had to meet for the summit in former president Saddam Hussain’s palace, but only few leaders gathered.
  • India, the independence accreditation agency organized its 1st world summit on Accreditation from 25 -28 March 2012 in New Delhi.
  • The I’st World summit on Accreditation is going to be held in March 2012 at New Delhi.
  • A seven days Turkey World Trade Bridge International Business Summit is going to be organized by the confederation of Businessman and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) and the Indo-Turkish Business Association (ITBA) from 3 June to 10 June 2012 in Istanbul.
  • AIMA’s second Knowledge summit was held in Bangalore on 7March 2012.
  • The 9th three day International conference & exhibition was hosted by the society of Petroleum Geophysicists (SPG),which was inaugurated on 16 feb 2012 in Hyderabad.
  • The 44Th session of Indian Labour conference was held on 14 and 15 Feb 2012, under the chairmanship of Shri Mallikajun Kharge, Union minister of Labour and Employment.
  • The Association of South East Nations (Asean ) summit had held in New Delhi on 12 Feb 2012 with the theme of India and Asean partners for peace, progress and stability.
  • The 12th India – EU summit was held in New Delhi on 10 Feb 2012.
  • The 4th ” International Conference on Luminescence and its Application’s” (ICLA) 2012 conference had been organised by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies on 8 Feb2012 in Hyderabad.
  • The 15th National conference on e-Governance conference had been inaugurated by the chief minister of Odisha M.Naveen Patnaik on 8 Feb 2012
  • The 10th International Kimberlite conference meeting was held from 6 to 11 Feb 2012 at Bangalore (GSI).
  • The 58th annual meeting of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS) was held from 8 to 12 Feb 2012 in Kolkata
  • The national conference on Governance’ was held on 29 Jan 2012 at the NCUI auditorium in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated 15th Global Sanskrit Meetings in New Delhi on 4 January 2012.
  • 99th Science Congress Conferences were inaugarated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Bhuvaneswar, Odisha on 3 January 2012. 


  • Israeli Scientist Daniel Hillel has won World Food Prize 2012 .
  • ITC conferred world business & development award 2012.
  • Life Time Achievement Award for Ratan Tata by Rockefeller Foundation
  • Vijay Kumar conferred Himachal Gaurav award
  • Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Puraskar for DR Mehra,
  • Ashoke Sen wins Yuri Milner Prize.
  • Sachin Tendulkar was presented the Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award.
  • Ondaatje Prize 2012 for Rahul Bhattacharya.
  • Sudarshan Pattnaik won the Copenhagen Sand Art Championship-2012.
  • Binayak Sen and Bulu Imam honored with the International Peace Award by the Gandhi Foundation at the House of Lords.
  • Shalini Singh won Prem Bhatia award
  • Kulandei Francis won Magsaysay award.
  • Miss China Wenxia Yu won the title of Miss World 2012
  • Mamta Kalia gets Sita puraskar.
  • Shiv Bhatia gets Rashtriya Ekta Puraskar.
  • Mr. Baba Kalyani was conferred an honorary ‘Doctor of Science’ (honoris causa) by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at the 58th Annual Convocation of IIT Kharagpur.
  • Paraguay’s Highest Civilisation Award ‘National Order of Merito de Comuneros’ for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • Lifetime achievement award for Waheeda Rehman at Mumbai Film Festival.
  • Bangladesh honours Jagjivan Ram as 1971 war hero.
  • Hilary Mantel wins Booker Prize for 2012.
  • Gulzar gets Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration 2012.
  • C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Sunil Gavaskar.
  • Sharmila Tagore was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Member of Order of Australia – Sachin Tendulkar
  • IT giant Infosys founder, N.R. Narayan Murthy honoured with Hoover Medal for promoting science at Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Washington.
  • Aishwarya Rai was honoured with French Civilian Award
  • Dr Madhav Chavan has won the WISE Prize, which has been likened to a “Nobel prize for education”.
  • Urdu Scholar Gopi Chand Narang Awarded Moortidevi Award for 2010
  • Chinese movie ‘11 Flowers’, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai has won the prestigious NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award at the 18th Kolkata International Film festival (KIFF).
  • President of the Republic of Liberia Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf got the Indira Gandhi peace prize for 2012 for her Excellency, Peace,Disarmament and Development.
  • “Andhey Ghorey Da Daan” a Punjabi film directed by Gurvinder Singh and produced by National Film Development Cooperation was bagged the Golden Peacock award of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI.
ICC Awards 2012
  • Emerging Player of the Year – Sunil Narine
  • LG People’s Choice Award – Kumar Sangakkara
  • ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli
  • ICC Test Cricketer of the Year -Kumar Sangakkara
  • ICC Cricketer of the Year – Kumar Sangakkara
IIFA Awards 2012
13th IIFA Awards 2012 schedule from 7th Jun to 9th Jun, 2012 as held in the beautiful city of Singapore . The list of winners has just been announced and as expected, Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan have once again won the Best Actor and Best Actress award respectively. The Best movie and director too have been predictable this year, as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which swept the IIFA 2012 technical awards, has won in both categories.
Winners of IIFA Awards 2012
Best Actor – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
Best Actress – Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture)
Best Movie – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Director – Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Best Story – Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Best Music – A R Rahman ( Rockstar)

84th Academy Awards

The 84th Academy Awards Ceremony/ Oscars was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science ( AMPAS). The ceremony which took place at the Hollywood Highland center in Hollywood, California on 26 Feb 2012 honoured the best film and performances of 2011. The ceremony was hosted by Billy Cristal who hosted this ceremony for the ninth time. Best Motion Picture: The Artist ,Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Best Actor : Jean Dujardin, The Artist ,Foreign Language Film : A separation , Original Screenplay: Woody Allen Best Actress : Meryl Streep, Iron Lady , Adapted screenplay:Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Best Supporting Actor :Christopher Plummer, Beginners, Cinematography : Hugo. Art direction: Hugo Best Supporting Actress :Octavia Spencer, The Help .Original Score : The Artist. Visual Effects: Hugo Film Editing: The girl with the dragon tattoo. Sound mixing:Hugo. Sound Editing: Hugo. Costume Design:The Artist Original Song: Man or Muppet, from Muppets. Make Up: The Iron Lady . Live Action Short Film:The Shore Animated Feature Film: Rango. Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Documentary Features: Undefeated. Documentary Short: Saving Face.

Nobel Prize 2012 Winners
  • Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 – Serge Haroche and David Wineland
  • Nobel Peace Prize for 2012: European Union
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012: Robert J Lefkowitz and Brian K Kobilka
  • Nobel Prize in Literature 2012: Chinese author Mo Yan
  • Nobel Prize in Economy 2012: Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley
  • Nobel Prize in Medicine 2012: John Gurdon, Shinya Yamanaka

NDC approves 12th Five Year Plan

Country's apex policy making body NDC has approved the strategy to achieve average growth rate of 8 pc during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), generate 50 million new jobs and increase investments in infrastructure sector.

The document has pegged the aggregate Plan resources at Rs 37.16 lakh crore during the five year period starting 2012-13.

Moving away from previous practice of presenting single growth projection, the Planning Commission has come out with three different economic scenarios for 12th Five-Year Plan. As per the "aspirational" scenario one of strong inclusive growth India's economic growth will be average 8 percent in the five years. The document also cautions that in scenario of policy logjam, the GDP growth could slow down to 5-5.5 percent.

The document proposes to bring down poverty by 10 percentage points by the end of the 12th Plan.

As regard the infrastructure sector, efforts would be made to increase investment in this sector to 9 percent of the GDP by the end of the Plan period.

The other targets include increasing green cover by one million hectare every year and adding 30,000 MW of renewable energy generation capacity in the Plan period.

It also seeks to reduce emission intensity of the GDP in line with the target of 20-25 reduction by 2020 over 2005 levels.

Although the document envisages 6.7 percent growth rate in the current fiscal, it has been projected at 5.7-5.9 percent in 2012-13 by the Finance Ministry.

The strategy for the full Plan would aim at raising agriculture output to 4 percent and manufacturing sector growth to 10 percent. It also wants all the states to set higher targets of growth than what was achieved in the 11th Five Year Plan.

13th India-Russia Annual Summit

The President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Vladmir V.Putin, paid an official visit to India for the Annual Summit between two countries.

During the meet the Prime Minister of India and the President of the Russian Federation stressed the importance of further enhancing the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries. The two leaders reviewed the progress made in all important areas of cooperation, including in sectors such as energy, trade, high technology and military-technical cooperation.

India and Russia moved to strengthen their economic ties by inking a pact on a Kremlin-backed $2 billion investment fund and agreeing to open talks on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement that will also involve Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Following documents were signed during the meet:

a) Protocol on Foreign Office Consultations 2013-14: The Protocol is an instrument to continue the tradition of close political consultations between the two Foreign Offices. The current Protocol outlines seventeen different broad themes for such exchanges. The bi-annual Protocol mechanism enables frequent contacts and promotes broad-based understanding between the various wings of the two Foreign Offices.
b) Memorandum on Cooperation in Science & Technology: The Memorandum shall facilitate deepening cooperation in the field of innovation and S&T, through implementation of joint programs or projects involving educational, R&D and industrial institutions. It also stipulates formation of a Working Group to implement the provisions of this MoC.
c) Cultural Exchange Programme for the Years 2013 – 15: The document envisages enhancing bilateral cultural contacts through exchanges in performing arts, films, archives, museums and conservation, literature and language and through organization of reciprocal Festivals. It is in continuation to the previous CEP 2009-12. It also aims to preserve and promote the legacy of the Roerich Estate in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), an important icon of cultural cooperation between the two countries.
d) Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Direct Investment between Russia and India: MoU envisages investments upto US$ 2 billion in important bilateral projects or companies, privatization and other opportunities. RDIF is a US$ 10 billion sovereign-backed Russian private equity fund established by the Russian Government to co-invest alongside global institutional investors. Since its inception in 2011, it has led investments totaling US$ 1.5 billion in Russian companies together with some of the largest asset managers in the world.
e) Memorandum of Understanding for Satellite based navigation services: The MoU envisages a pilot project to assess the usage of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS – the Russian equivalent of GPS) using the capabilities of BSNL/MTNL ground infrastructure. Success of the pilot project may provide insights for wider applicability of GLONASS signals in the future in areas such as disaster management, telephony and long-distance communications.
f) Contract for Delivery of 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters: An order for procurement of 59 Mi-17 v5 MLH was agreed to in Feb 2010, which was subsequently increased to 71. The current contract is in context of the order.
g) Contract for Delivery of 42 technological kits for SU-30MKI aircraft licensed production: The Protocol-II on licensed manufacturing of additional 42 SU-30MKI aircraft units was signed during Annual Summit 2011. The current contract is a follow up to this Protocol.

However, there was no substantial progress on issues of discord-delay in commissioning aircraft carrier Gorshkov, stalemate on clinical trials in Russia, applicability of the Nuclear Limited Liability Act to six new reactors to be put up by Russia at Kudankulam, inability of Russian companies Sistema and Severstal to move ahead with their investment plans in India and the tax imposed on Imperial Energy, an Indian company operating in Russia.

Monday, December 24, 2012


  • New President of India- Pranab Mukherjee
  • Re-elected Vice President- Hamid Ansari
  • Secretary in National Commission for Women - Ajit Saran
  • New Indian envoy to Israel – Jaideep Sarkar
  • New Indian envoy to Canada – Nirmal Kumar Verma
  • New MSME secretary - Vivek Rae
  • New chairman of ICC Cricket Committee - Anil Kumble
  • Junior pistol chief coach - Jaspal Rana
  • India’s ambassador to Brazil - Ashok Kumar
  • New Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau – Rajiv Mehta
  • New FMC (Forward Markets Commission) Chairman – Ramesh Abhishek
  • New Director on the Central Board of Directors of the RBI - Y C Deveshwar
  • New President of Indian Newspaper Society – Tilak Kumar
  • New Secretary Gen of Rajya Sabha – Shumsher K Sheriff
  • New Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulation – Shailesh Gupta
  • New President of Indian Boxing Federation – Abhishek Matoria
  • New Economic affairs secretary-Arvind Mayaram
  • New Chief Economic Advisor- Raghuram Rajan
  • New Clearing Corporation of India Ltd (CCIL)Chairperson - Shyamala Gopinath
  • Re-appoint Deputy Governer of RBI: K C Chakrabarty
  • New CBDT Chairperson- Poonam Kishore Saxena
  • New Union Railway Minister- Pawan Kumar Bansal
  • New Aviation Secretary- K N Srivastava
  • New Election Commissioner- S Nasim Ahmad Zaidi
  • New Chief Election Commissioner-VS Sampath
  • New secretary to the Prez of India- Omita Paul
  • Head of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Committee - Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
  • New CMD of Oriental Bank of Commerce- SL Bansal
  • New Executive Director of PNB- S R Bansal
  • New CEO of Prasar Bharti – Jawhar Sircar
  •  New Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh- Virabhadra Singh

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Uttarakhand tops in “Environmental Performance Index (EPI)”

Uttarakhand (scored 0.8123) topped the list of best-performing States and Union territories in terms of environmental performance. As per the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) released by Planning Commission:
· Uttarakhand is followed by Himachal Pradesh (0.7316), Chandigarh (0.7270), Sikkim (0.7149), and Andhra Pradesh (0.7147).
· Best states in terms of air quality: Mizoram, Kerala, Goa, Sikkim, Tripura, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar (all with average score of 1)
· Paradoxically, except for Uttarakhand, all the States meet the prescribed national ambient air quality standard in respect of the sulphur dioxide of 20 micrograms per cubic metre.
· More than 10 States do not meet the national standard of 30 microgram per cubic metre for Nitrogen dioxide.
· Except for Goa, Kerala, and Mizoram, no State meets the 60 microgram per cubic metre national standard for particulate matter.
· Himachal Pradesh is the only state with 100 % sewage treatment capacity, in the remaining States it ranges from 0 (13 States) to less than 20 % (8 States) and more than 50 per cent in 4 States.
· Total fecal coliform count is as much as 92 % in most of the States.
· States leading in forest conservation and expansion of green cover are Chandigarh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.
Environmental well-being is one of the considerations for transfer of funds to the States under the Gadgil formula.
Indicators taken under consideration to arrive at water quality:
· Sewage disposal
· water quality of rivers
· dissolved oxygen
· total coliform count
· percentage of water exploitation
The indicators considered for measuring the ambient air quality performance:
· sulphur dioxide
· nitrogen oxide
· particulate matter

Monday, November 26, 2012

Third International Agronomy Congress

The third International Agronomy Congress on Agriculture Diversification, Climate Change Management and Livelihoods (26-30 November) was inaugurated on November 26.
The Indian Society of Agronomy and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research jointly organizes the 3rd International Agronomy Congress . The primary objective is to take stock of technology capital available to address the issue of agriculture diversification, climate change management and livelihoods and draw future research strategies to address the emerging matrix of agriculture problems in holistic manner. Around 1000 delegates from 24 countries are participating in the Congress. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tenth ASEAN-India Summit Concluded at Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The tenth ASEAN-India Summit that was held at Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia concluded on 19 November 2012. The summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia- Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN Sen and attended by the leaders of the ten Member states of ASEAN and the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

During the summit the discussions were held on identifying the future course of action on the ASEAN-India relations. Success was achieved in deciding the convening of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit scheduled to be held on 20 December to 21 December 2012 at New Delhi, India, the summit will be held to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations.  
During the 10th Anniversary of the ASEAN-India summit, 20th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations was also observed at the same venue of Peach Place, Phnom Penh. The ASEAN-India Summit for the first time was observed in the year 2002 at Phnom Penh.

Marked Commemorative Activities

1.    The meeting between Heads of Space Agencies
2.    Ministerial level meetings in tourism, environment, agriculture, new and renewable energy,
3.    The sending of the Sail Training Ship “Sudarshini” on an expedition to ASEAN countries

Some other commemorative activities on which discussions were held included 2nd ASEAN-India Business Fair and Business Conclave, and the ASEAN-India Car Rally, these would be held during the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.

Decisions were also made on implementing the Plan of Action and the ASEAN-India Partnership for Progress, Peace and shared Prosperity (2010-2015). These implementations would be followed by the ministers of the ASEAN members and India to contribute in deepening the dialogue relations between the two sides.

Excellent works of the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in production of a good and concise report was also commended at the summit. Recommendations for further advancements of the partnership to next levels were also evaluated. Security, peace and stability of the region, along with strengthening of the maritime cooperation via existing mechanism of were recognized and stressed upon. Strict management of the recommendations would bring back security, peace and stability in the region at the time when security challenges like sea piracy, vessel accidents, oil spills, terrorism and natural disasters are becoming a threat and challenge to the security of the region.

Trade between ASEAN and India in 2011

The trade between the ASEAN and India grew by 43 percent in the year 2011 that amounted to 74.9 billion US dollar that also surpassed the bilateral trade target of 70 billion US dollar. Target for achieving the 100 billion US dollar mark by 2015 for ASEAN-India trade was also identified and set at the summit.

Foreign Ministers of all the member nations and India would be working ahead to settle down thing and conclude the ASEAN-India Trade in Services and Investment Agreements before the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in December in India.

Before this the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh in April 2012 welcomed the adoption of the Declaration on Drug- Free ASEAN 2015 by the ASEAN Leaders at the 20th ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh.

India Agreed On

Both the parties adopted of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration at the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, on 18 November 2012. The two parties also emphasized to contribute supports on realization of the ASEAN Community based on the decided rules of law, democracy, promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. India will be supporting the ASEAN Community building efforts by Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) in which India will play a role in establishment of the Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) and Centres for English Language Training (CELTs) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam.

India made a commitment of supporting the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) and connectivity with the wider East Asia Region for establishment of the linkage between the ASEAN and South Asia.

The announcement also cleared that India-Myanmar-Thailand highway that is backed by the U.S., which would be operational by 2016 and would act as the Gateway for North East India to South-East Asia. The same announcement also cleared the fact of the alternative route that would connect the central or North Myanmar with Guwahati and Hanoi, on which the discussions were made during the trilateral meet between, India, U.S. and Japan. Both the parties, ASEAN and India looked forward for better connectivity of the region via highways and made decisions on early construction of new India-Myanmar-Laos-Viet Nam-Cambodia Highway. It also decided about the extension of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway to Laos and Cambodia.

Concerns towards Climate Change and Environment

Both the parties during the Tenth ASEAN-India Summit that concluded at Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia agreed to work together to respond to the issues of climate change and its impact. They also agreed on strengthening steps to respond to natural disasters that has always remained a issue of concern in the region, like fllod and earth quakes.

Twenty first ASEAN Summit concluded in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The 21st ASEAN Summit Phnom Penh was held on 18 November 2012 at Peace Palace, Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia- Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen was the Chairperson for the 21st ASEAN Summit Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The head of states of the ASEAN members and the Secretary-General of ASEAN participated in the 21st ASEAN Summit and discussed about things like progress of the Implementation of ASEAN Charter and Roadmap for an ASEAN community.

Issues Discussed

1.    Follow-up to the 20th ASEAN Summit
2.    The Progress Report on the Implementation of Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity
3.    Signed Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
4.    Exchange of View on Regional and International Issues

A Leaders’ Statement on the establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was also issued during the summit.

Document Signed and Adopted

1.    Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
2.    ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD)
3.    Concept Paper on the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC)
4.    ASEAN Leaders’ Joint Statement on the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC)

H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh- the candidate from the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam was appointed as the upcoming Secretary General for ASEAN for the next five year term by the ASEAN Head of States. The nomination was done on the basis of alphabetical rotation plan for next five year that would start from January 2013 and end in December 2018.


ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) was created on 8 August 1967 at Bangkok, Thailand after ASEAN Declaration (also called Bangkok Declaration) was signed between the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand. With time 5 more South Asian countries joined the group namely Brunei Darussalam joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999. Today, ASEAN is a 10-member group by now.  The group was formed with a basic idea of promoting social progress, economic growth and cultural development between the member nations and talk on the differences in a peaceful manner.

The Seventh East Asia Summit concluded in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The seventh East Asia Summit (EAS) was held at Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 19 November 2012. Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen chaired the meeting. The Leaders of East Asia Summit adopted a joint declaration for the 7th East Asia Summit following the regional responses to control Malaria and address the resistance to anti-malarial medicines.

The Phnom Penh Declaration of the East Asia Summit Development Initiative was also taken on this occasion. Discussions and exchange of views on different regional and international issues was also done between the leaders of the member-nations.

Apart from the 10 members of the ASEAN representatives from eight different countries namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and United States of America also participated in the summit.

Issues Discussed

The leaders of the East India Summit discussed on a variety of issues to seek mutual cooperation for growth and to decide the future direction of the member nations.

Priority Areas

1.    Environment and energy
2.    Education
3.    Finance
4.    Global health issues and pandemic diseases
5.    Natural disaster mitigation
6.    ASEAN connectivity

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and the largest city of the country. It is located on the bank of River Mekong. Phnom Penh is the centre for all types of economic and industrial activities in the nation.

Other summits that concluded at Peace Palace

1.    4th ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting Peace Palace, 19 November 2012
2.    15th ASEAN-ROK Summit Peace Palace, 19 November 2012
3.    ASEAN Plus Three Commemorative Summit Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 19 November 2012
4.    15TH ASEAN-JAPAN SUMMIT Phnom Penh, 19 November 2012
5.    15TH ASEAN-China Summit Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 19 November 2012
6.    7th East Asia Summit (EAS) Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 20 November 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Heads of International Offices

Mr Ban Ki Moon-Secretary General, United Nation Organisation
Ms Asha Rose Migiro-First Dy Secretary General UNO
Dr Jim Yong Kim-President World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Ms Christine Lagarde-Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Ms Irina Bokova-Director General, UNESCO
Dr Supachai Pantchpakdi-Secretary General, UNCTAD
Mr Hisoshi Owada-President, International Court of Justice
Mr Haruhika Kuroda-President, Asian Development Bank
Mr Kamlesh Sharma-Secretary General, Commonwealth
Mr Pascal Lamy-Director General, WTO
Mr Sharad Pawar-President International Cricket Council
Mr Harshwardhan Singh-Dy Director General WTO
Mr Yukia Amano-Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Mr Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik-Chairman, SAARC
Ms Ahmed Saleem-Secretary General, SAARC
Mr Salil Sethi-Secretary General Amensty International
Ms Helen Clerk-Director General of UNDP
Mr Klaus Schwed-Chairman, WEF (World Economic Forum)

Heads of National Offices

Mr Mohd Hamid Ansari- Chairman, Rajya Sabha
Mr PJ Kurian- Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha
Dr Manmohan Singh-Chairman, Planning Commission
Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia- Dy Chairman, Planning Commission
Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde- Leader of the house in Lok Sabha
Ms Sushma Swaraj- Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha
Mr Arun Jaitley- Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha
Mr V Sampath-Chief Election Commissioner
Mr Syed Nasim Ahmed Zaidi-Election Commissioner
Mr Harisanker Brahma-Election Commissioner
Mr Pradeep Kumar- Chief Vigilance Commissioner
Mr Ranjan Mathai- Foreign Secretary
Mr Vinod Rai- Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Justice S Ratnavel Pandian- Chairman, National Commission of Backward Classes
Mr Rahul Khullar- Chairman, Telephone Regulatory Authority of India
Mr Ranjit Sinha- CBI Director
Mr Kunwar Singh-Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
Mr Wajahat Habibullah- Chairperson National Commission for Minorities
Mr DP Aggarwal- Chairman, UPSC
Mr SC Sinha- Director General National Investigation Agency
Mr Sukhadeo Thorat- Chairman, UGC (University Grant Commission)
Mr K Radhakrishanan-Chairman, Space Commission and ISRO
Mr Srikumar Bannerjee-Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Sec. Deptt of Atomic Energy
Mr BK Mishra- Chairman, SSC
Mr KG Balakrishan- Chairman, Human Rights Commission
Dr C Chandramouli- Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner
Mr Prakash Chandra Tripathi- Chairperson, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
Mr Jandhyala Harinarayan- Chairman, Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA)
Mr UK Sinha- Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
Mr Pratip Chaudhary- Chairman, State Bank of India
Mr DK Mehrotra- Chairman LIC
Mr Hardeep Puri- India’s Permanent Representative in UNO
Mr Nirupam Sen- Spl Sr Advisor to President of UN General Assembly
Ms Mamta Sharma-Chairperson of National Commission for Women
Mr Vijay L Kelkar- Chairman, 13th Finance Commission
Mr Ashok Chawla- Chairman, Competition Commission of India
Ms Leela Samson-Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification
Mr Raj Kumar Dhoop- President, ASSOCHAM
Mr N Chandrasekaran- Chairman, NASSCOM
Mr KC Verma- Director General RAW
Ms Nandita Das-Chairperson, Children Film Society of India
Mr S Banerjee-Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
Mr Satyanand Mishra-Chief Information Commissioner
Prof Krishan Kumar-Director, NCERT
Mr Adi Godrej- President, CII
Mr RV Kanoria- President, FICCI
Mr Sam Pitroda- Chairman, National Knowledge Commission
Mr Mamohan Setti- Chairman, National Film Development Corporation
Ms Mrinal Pande- Chairperson, Prasar Bharati
Mr Ratan Tata- Chairman, Investment Commission
Mr VK Sarswat- Scientific Advisor to PM and Head DRDO
Mr Jawhar Sircar- Chairman, Prasar Bharati
Mr Alok Mishra- Chairman, Indian Banks Association

Monday, November 12, 2012

Barack Obama won the U.S. Presidential Elections 2012

Barack Obama, the leader of Democratic Party on 7 November 2012 was re-elected as the President of USA. Obama defeated the Republican Challenger, Mitt Romney in the U.S. Presidential Elections 2012 by winning over 332 votes as compared to the 206 votes of Mitt Romney of all the votes declared by the Electoral College declared.  Obama was successful in getting around 74000 more votes than the competitor, Mitt Romney out of the eight million votes casted during the Presidential Elections.

The elections were conducted on 6th November 2012 and this was the 57th quadrennial presidential election for the United States. The two, Obama and Romney won 50 percent and 48.1 percent of votes respectively. 53 members in the Senate were from Democratic Party, whereas 45 are from Republican Party. In the House of Representatives, the lead went in the way of Republican Party with 232 seats and the Democratic Party was successful in securing 191 seats. Mitt Romney tied with the President Obama at 49 percent of the Popular Votes.

The Republican Party has lost four Presidential elections of the six Presidential contests and the two won by them was just with narrow margins. At the same time, President Obama, by being back has proved that in the period of austerity and crisis also, an incumbent can survive.

Swing States

President Obama was successful in winning over the eight of the nine swing states including Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada. He only lost from the seat of North Carolina.


Ami Bera- the third Indian-American in the U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. Ami Bera is third Indian-American ever to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The 45 years old Bera took a lead of 184 votes against Dan Lungren, the Republican rival from the seventh Congressional District of California. Before Bera, two Indians to be elected for the US House of Representatives include Dalip Singh Saund in the 1950s and Bobby Jindal was the House member before being elected to be the Governor of Louisiana from 2005 to 2008.

Except Dr. Bera, five more Indian-Americans namely Dr. Syed Taj, Dr. Manan Trivedi, Upendra Chivukula and Jack Uppala and Ricky Gill, were candidates, who lost from their seats in the US elections. Except Ricky Gill all the other four were from Democratic Party.

Dr. Syed Taj, who was a representative from Democratic Party, is the younger brother of Syed Shahbuddin and he basically belongs from Bihar. He lost in the tough fight against his opponent K Bentivolio from the seat of Michigan's 11th Congressional District.

Tulsi Gabbard-First Hindu-American to be in the House

Tulsi-Gabbard is the first Hindu-American to enter the U.S. House of Representatives. She defeated the Republican rival K. Crowley from the Hawaii seat in the one-sided contest. Tulsi doesn’t belong to the Indian Heritage and is not an Indian. She is a daughter to the Catholic Father Mike Gabbard, who at present is serving as the Senator from the Hawaii State and her mother Carol Porter Gabbard, who is a Hindu is an educator and a business owner in Hawaii.

Basic Facts

•    Before Obama, Bill Clinton was the Democratic Party Representative to serve White House for continuous two terms after World War II.

•    Obama is the first President after the wars to be re-elected in the office with an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent in the country.

•    Obama in the last Presidential Elections of 2008 won 349 votes, which was higher than the votes he secured in the Presidential Elections of 2012.

History of US elections of 223 years: In the 223 years history of US Presidential Elections only eight Presidents contesting elections being in the White House lost the elections.

Friday, November 9, 2012


UN organizations

  • Food and Agriculture Organization
    • Director-General - José Graziano da Silva, Brazil (2012–present)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
    • Director-General - Yukiya Amano, Japan (2009–present)
  • International Civil Aviation Organization
    • President of the Council - Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, Mexico (2006–present)
    • Secretary-General - Raymond Benjamin, France (2009–present)
  • International Labour Organization
    • Director-General - Guy Ryder, UK (MAY 2012–present)
  • United Nations
    • Secretary-General - Ban Ki Moon, South Korea (2007–present)
    • President of the General Assembly - Nassir Al-Nasser, Qatar (2011–2012)
    • Security Council members - China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States (permanent members); Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal, South Africa (elected for 2011–2012); Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, Togo (elected for 2012–2013)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
    • Executive Director - Anthony Lake, United States (2010–present)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    • Director-General - Irina Bokova, Bulgaria (2009–present)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    • High Commissioner - Navanethem Pillay, South Africa (2008–present)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
    • High Commissioner - António Guterres, Portugal (2005–present)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    • Director-general - Kandeh Yumkella, Sierra Leone (2005–present)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
    • Executive Director - Josette Sheeran, United States (2007–present)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Director-General - Margaret Chan, China (acting) (2007–present)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
    • President - Alexander Bedritsky, Russia (2003–present)
    • Secretary-General - Michel Jarraud, France (2004–present)
  • World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
    • Secretary-General - Taleb Rifai, Jordan (2010–present)

Political and economic organizations

  • African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) -
    • Secretary-General - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Ghana (2010–present)
  • African Union -
    • Chairperson -
      1. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea (2011–2012)
      2. Yayi Boni, Benin, (2012–present)
    • Chairperson of the Commission -
      1. Jean Ping, Gabon (2008–2012)
      2. Erastus Mwencha, Kenya (2012–present)
    • President of the Pan-African Parliament - Idriss Ndele Moussa, Chad (2009–present)
  • Andean Community -
    • Secretary-General - Adalid Contreras Baspineiro (Bolivia), (2010–present)
  • Arab League -
    • Secretary-General - Nabil Elaraby, Egypt (2011–present)
  • Arab Maghreb Union
    • Secretary-General - Habib Ben Yahia, Tunisia (2006–present)
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
    • Executive Director - Muhamad Noor, Malaysia (2010–present)
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -
    • Secretary-General - Surin Pitsuwan, Thailand (2008–present)
  • Caribbean Community -
    • Secretary-General - Lolita Applewhaite, Barbados (2011–present)
  • Central American Parliament -
    • President - Dorindo Cortéz, Panama (2010–present)
  • Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) -
    • Secretary-General - Sindiso Ngwenya, Zimbabwe (2008–present)
  • Commonwealth of Nations -
    • Head - Queen Elizabeth II (1952–present)
    • Secretary-General - Kamalesh Sharma, India (2008–present)
  • Commonwealth of Independent States
    • Executive Secretary - Sergei Lebedev, Russia (2007–present)
  • Council of Europe
    • Secretary General - Thorbjørn Jagland, Norway (2009–present)
    • President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) - Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkey (2010–present)
    • President of the European Court of Human Rights - Jean-Paul Costa, France (2007–present)
  • East African Community -
    • Secretary-General - Richard Sezibera, Rwanda (2011–present)
  • Economic Community of West African States
    • President of the Commission - Victor Gbeho, Ghana (2010–present)
    • Chairman -
      1. Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria (2010–2012)
      2. Alassane Ouattara, Côte d'Ivoire (2012–present)
  • Eurasian Economic Community
    • Secretary-General - Tair Mansurov, Khazakstan (2007–present)
    • Chairman of the Interstate Council - Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan (2001–present)
  • European Free Trade Association
    • Secretary-General - Kåre Bryn, Norway (2006–present)
  • European Union (EU)
    • Presidency of the European Council - Herman Van Rompuy (2009–present)
    • Presidency of the European Union Council
      1. Denmark (2012)
    • President of the European Commission - José Manuel Barroso, Portugal (2004–present)
    • President of the European Parliament - Jerzy Buzek, Poland (2010–present)
    • Secretary-General of the Council and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy - Catherine Ashton (2009–present)
    • President of the European Central Bank - Mario Draghi, Italy (2011–present)
    • European Ombudsman - Nikiforos Diamandouros, Greece (2003–present)
    • President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) - Peter Straub, Germany (2004–present)
    • President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) - Werner Hoyer, Germany (2012–present)
    • President of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) - Vassilios Skouris, Greece (2003–present)
    • President of the European Court of Auditors - Hubert Weber, Austria (2005–present)
    • President of the Economic and Social Committee (ESC) - Anne-Marie Sigmund, Austria (2004–present)
  • Group of Eight (G8)
    • President (informal) - Barack Obama, United States (2012)
  • Gulf Cooperation Council
    • Secretary-General - Abdul Rahman ibn Hamad al-Attiyah, Qatar (2002–present)
  • Ibero-American Secretariat (Segib)
    • Secretary-General - Enrique V. Iglesias, Uruguay (2005–present)
  • Indian Ocean Commission
    • Secretary-General - Monique Andreas Esoavekomandroso, Madagascar (2004–present)
  • Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
    • Chairman - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran (2012-present)
  • Nordic Council
    • Secretary-General - Jan-Erik Enestam, Finland (2007–present)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
    • Secretary-General - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark (2009–present)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    • Secretary-General - José Ángel Gurría, Mexico (2006–present)
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
    • Secretary-General - Lamberto Zannier, Italy (2011–present)
    • Chairman-in-Office - Audronius Ažubalis, Lithuania (2011–present)
    • High Commissioner on National Minorities - Knut Vollebæk, Norway (2007–present)
  • Organization of American States
    • Secretary-General - José Miguel Insulza, Chile (2005–present)
  • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
    • Director-General - Len Ishmael, Saint Lucia (2003–present)
  • Organisation of the Islamic Conference (from July 2011 known as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)
    • Secretary-General - Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Turkey (2005–present)
  • Pacific Community
    • Director-General - Jimmie Rodgers, Solomon Islands (2006–present)
  • Pacific Islands Forum
    • Secretary-General - Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Samoa (2008–present)
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
    • Secretary-General - Bolat Nurgaliyev, Kazakhistan (2007–present)
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
    • Secretary-General - Ahmed Saleem, Maldives (2012–present)
  • Southern Cone Common Market (Mercosur)
    • Director of the Executive Secretariat - Agustín Colombo Sierra, Argentina (2009–present)
  • Southern African Development Community
    • Executive Secretary - Tomaz Salomão, Mozambique (2005–present)
  • Union of South American Nations (Unasur/Unasul)
    • President - Bharrat Jagdeo, Guyana (2010–present)
    • Secretary-General -
      1. María Emma Mejía, Colombia (2011–2012)
      2. Alí Rodríguez Araque, Venezuela (2012–present)
  • Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)
    • Secretary-General - Ngawang Choephel, Tibet (2010–present)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
    • Director-General - Pascal Lamy, France (2005–present)

Financial organizations

  • African Development Bank -
    • President - Donald Kaberuka, Rwanda (2005–present)
  • Asian Development Bank -
    • President - Haruhiko Kuroda, Japan (2005–present)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    • President - Thomas Mirow, Germany (2008–present)
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
    • President - Luis Alberto Moreno, Colombia (2005–present)
  • International Monetary Fund
    • Managing Director - Christine Lagarde, France (2011–present)
  • Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
    • President - Ahmad Mohamed Ali, Saudi Arabia (1975–present)
  • World Bank
    • President - Jim Yong Kim, Korea (June 2012 Onwards)

Sports organizations

  • Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
    • President - Zhang Jilong, China (2011–present)
  • Confédération africaine de football (CAF)
    • President - Issa Hayatou, Cameroon (1988–present)
  • Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
    • President - Alfredo Hawit, Honduras (2011–present)
  • Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL)
    • President - Nicolas Leoz, Paraguay (1986–present)
  • Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE)
    • President - Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Russian Federation (1995–present)
  • Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
    • President - Sepp Blatter, Switzerland (1998–present)
  • International Cricket Council (ICC)
    • President - Alan Isaac, New Zeland (2012–present)
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC)
    • President - Jacques Rogge, Belgium (2001–present)
  • International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
    • President - Philip Craven, United Kingdom (2001–present)
  • International Rugby Board (IRB)
    • President - Syd Millar, Ireland (2003–present)
  • Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
    • President - Reynald Temarii, Tahiti (2004–present)
  • Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
    • President - Michel Platini, France (2007–present)

Other organizations

  • Antarctic Treaty
    • Executive Secretary - Jan Huber, Netherlands (2004–present)
  • Colombo Plan -
    • Secretary-General - Patricia Yoon-Moi Chia, Malaysia (2007–present)
  • Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP)
    • Executive Secretary -
      1. Domingos Simões Pereira, Guinea-Bissau (2008–2012)
      2. Murade Isaac Miguigy Murargy, Mozambique (2012–present)
  • EDU - Intergovernmental Organization (EDU)
    • Secretary-General - G.Irving Levance, (2011–present)
  • La Francophonie
    • Secretary-General - Abdou Diouf, Senegal (2003–present)
  • Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
    • Executive Secretary - Mahboub Maalim, Kenya (2008–present)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
    • President - Jakob Kellenberger, Switzerland (2000–present)
  • International Court of Justice
    • President - Hisashi Owada, Japan (2009–present)
  • International Criminal Court
    • President - Song Sang-Hyun, South Korea (2009–present)
  • International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol)
    • Secretary-General - Ronald Noble, United States (2000–present)
    • President - Khoo Boon Hui, Singapore (2008–present)
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    • President - Tadateru Konoé, Japan (2009–present)
  • International Maritime Organization
    • Secretary-General - Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Greece (2004–present)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
    • Director-general - William Lacy Swing, United States (2008–present)
  • International Telecommunication Union
    • Secretary-General - Hamadoun Touré, Mali (2007–present)
  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
    • Director-General - Ahmet Üzümcü, Turkey (2010–present)
  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
    • Secretary-General -
      • Edmund Daukoru, Nigeria, acting (2006–present)
      • Mohammed S. Barkindo, Nigeria, acting for Daukoru (2006–present)
  • Universal Postal Union
    • Director-General - Édouard Dayan, France (2005–present)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
    • Director-General - Francis Gurry (2008–present)