CURRENT AFFAIRS 23 FEBRUARY
1.United States officially re-joins Paris Climate Agreement
To curb greenhouse gas emissions every five years. The landmark Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015.
Under the Presidency of US President Joe Biden, the United States has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement.
2.India-Australia circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE)
Via videoconferencing, The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the valedictory function of the India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE). A circular economy implies reusing waste back into the production cycle to make new products instead of wasting such materials with embedded resources.
Four key themes for the hackathon
- Innovation in packaging reducing packaging waste
- Innovation in food supply chains avoiding waste
- Creating opportunities for plastic waste reduction
- Recycling critical energy metals and e-waste
To enable the students and startups/MSMEs of both nations in fostering innovative solutions for the development of a circular economy across the food system value chain with the aim of increasing the long-term health and resilience of our planet, through innovative technology solutions.
I-ACE aims to accelerate the development of young and promising students and startups/MSMEs working towards the creation of a sustainable future.
Prime Minister of Australia: Scott Morrison.
The currency of Australia: Australian dollar.
Capital of Australia: Canberra.
3.21 February: International Mother Language
Purpose–—To raise awareness regarding linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
Theme–—“Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society”.
History--In November 1999 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was proclaimed
International Mother Language Day.
UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.