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3rd G-20 Culture Working Group meeting under India’s presidency to begin at Hampi in Karnataka today

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The third G-20 Culture Working Group meeting under India’s presidency will begin at Hampi in Karnataka today. The delegates from G20 member countries, guest countries and international organisations will be part of the deliberations. 

The Secretary in the Ministry of Culture Govind Mohan, yesterday, informed that the meeting will make an effort to arrive at a language of consensus on promoting creative industry and creative economy.

Addressing media persons near Hampi, Mr Mohan said, the meet to be held till July 12th will bridge different opinions and evolve consensus on four themes proposed under India Presidency. Under the first theme of restitution of cultural property, the Secretary informed that under the UNESCO convention agreement, the countries must return the artefacts to the countries of their origin. 

The second theme is harnessing the living heritage that aims at protecting traditional practices like Ayurveda. The third theme is to promote creative economy and industries and the fourth one is promoting digital technology in preserving art forms with cultural value. Recently during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the USA, a Cultural Property agreement was signed and the US is returning 150 artifacts smuggled out of India. 

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