Ambassadors of Nordic Countries on India – Nordic Partnership: An Idea Whose Time Has Come | 28th June | IIC
H.E. Mr. Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to IndiaH.E. Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India
Mr. Gautam Bhattacharyya, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi
Ms Hanne Meldgaard, Minister Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi CHAIR Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, President, Institute of Global Studies & Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia
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SPEAKERSH.E. Mr. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India
Thórir Ibsen took up his duties as Ambassador of Iceland to India in September 2014. Previous positions include Ambassador of Iceland to the European Union and to Belgium with accreditation to Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland, Ambassador of Iceland to France with accreditation to Italy and Spain, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the OECD and UNESCO, Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change, Director of the Defence Department, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Delegation of Iceland to NATO, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, and Head of the International Department of the Environment Ministry of Iceland.Thórir Ibsen holds a M.A. degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science, York University, Canada, which he obtained in 1984. He is married to Dominique Ambroise Ibsen, visual artist. They have one grown up son. H.E. Mr. Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to India
Peter Taksøe-Jensen is currently the ambassador of Denmark to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Before, he was the Ambassador of Denmark to the United States from 2010 to 2015. He has also served as the Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations, New York from 2008 to 2010. He was the Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and Head of the Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark from 2003 to 2008, Head of Section, Department for Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark from 1999 to 2003. In the year 1999, he served as the Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, Brussels. Additionally, he was the Head of Section, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, Brussels from 1995 to 1999.Furthermore, he has served as the Head of Section, Department for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark from 1992 to 1995, First Secretary, Royal Danish Embassy, Vienna, from 1989 to 1992 and the Head of Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, from 1988 to 1989 and the Head of Section, Danish Ministry of Justice, Denmark from 1986 to 1987. He was also the Chairman of the Danish Governments Commission on the Red Cross, 2007-2008, Vice Chairman 2000-2007 Member of the Commission on Jurisdiction, established by the Danish Minister for Justice, 2004-2008 Member of the Commission on the Law on Archives, established by the Danish Minister for Culture, 2002-2003 Lecturer at numerous courses on EU Law, EU Policies and negotiations, and on EU procedures and techniques, 1999-2008. H.E. Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India
After graduating from the University of Turku in 1983 with a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences, Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1984. Her first posting was to Canberra, Australia, between 1985 and 1988. From January 1989 to August 1992, she served as First Secretary at the Representation of Finland to the European Communities and then as the first Finnish National Expert at the European Commission, Directorate General for External Relations, in Brussels. Ms. Vaskunlahti then held a Counsellor’s position at the Unit for Cooperation with Neighbouring Areas at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for three years, before her secondment to the Office of the High Representative of the International Community in Sarajevo in 1996.Thereafter she served as Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union in Brussels and contributed to the first Finnish Presidency of the Council in 1999. Between September 2000 and May 2004, Ms. Vaskunlahti was posted as Deputy Head of Mission to the Finnish Embassy in Moscow. In September 2004 she moved back to Brussels and served as Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative (COREPER 1) at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union until autumn 2008 including the second Finnish Presidency of the council. In September 2008 she assumed the position of Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Ms. Vaskunlahti served as Finnish Ambassador to Turkey between September 2012 – August 2016. As of September 2016 she is serving as Ambassador of Finland to India and Bangladesh. Ms. Vaskunlahti was born in 1959 in Huittinen, Finland and is married to Dr. Andreas Herdina.
Alliance française de Delhi is pleased to present
World Music Day 2018
21 JUNE 2018 | 5PM Onwards
Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
Nearest Metro Station: Jorbagh, Khan Market
In the month of June, the entire world celebrates music in its different forms and manifestations through the “Fête de la Musique”, a day dedicated to the promotion of music, created by the French Ministry of Culture, which first took place in 1982 in Paris. Since this first edition, this event has known a growing success, and has become an international highlight of amateur and professional practice and of musical diversity. This is also a very special occasion for many people in many different countries to attend free live performances, in all kinds of places, even the most unusual ones.
|CPR is pleased to invite you to a talk on|
The Crisis of Funds and the Woe of Wage Payment Delays in MGNREGA
Dr Rajendran Narayanan, Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University
|Friday, 22 June 2018, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research|
|Image Source: Daniel LofredoRota|
About the Session
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 is a landmark law which guarantees 100 days of livelihood to rural households. Yet even after a decade of its implementation the Act faces serious challenges to its implementation. While Budget 2017 seemed to have significantly increased allocations to MGNREGA, the Act continues to face a crisis of funds resulting in low wage rates and consistent delay in the payment of wages to beneficiaries. Over the past few years, a team of researchers, including Rajendran, have been measuring the extent of this fund crisis and its impact on wage payments in 10 states. This discussion will share some of their main findings and highlight the reasons behind the delay of funds (including the dynamics between centre-state in determining wage rates), and the impact this will have on livelihood security in rural India.
About the Speaker
Dr Rajendran Narayanan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Studies at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He completed his Ph.D in mathematical statistics from Cornell University. He has held academic positions in Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Cornell University, and Ashoka University. Since his Ph.D, he has been an intrinsic member of LibTech India, an informal group of researchers and activists that work on questions of transparency and accountability in MGNREGA and the Public Distribution System. The group works with several civil society organisations in Jharkhand, Bihar, Telangana, and Andhra. As a group, LibTech India tries to understand rural citizen experience in times of technology mediated policy initiatives and aim to create bottom-up, people-driven, “Janata Information Systems (JIS)”. The group hopes that this will lead to continuous monitoring of government programmes, leading to more empowerment and better participatory democracy.
About the Policy In-Depth Series
The Policy In-Depth Series hosted by Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research deliberates on the implementation of key welfare programmes in India, the policy decisions that direct their course and the impact this has on citizens.
The full discussion will be live streamed through Facebook on Accountability Initiative’s Facebook page.
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21 JUNE 2018
- Rates of child marriage have continued to decline around the world. In Southern Asia, a girl’s risk of marrying in childhood has dropped by over 40 per cent between 2000 and 2017.
- Nine out of 10 people living in cities breathe polluted air.
- In 2016, the absolute number of people living without electricity dropped below the symbolic threshold of one billion.
- Land degradation threatens the livelihoods of over one billion people.