The Union Cabinet
chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval
for signing of the Collaborative Agreement with French National Research
Agency (ANR), France for supporting the Belmont Forum Secretariat from
January, 2015 to December, 2017 at a total estimated expenditure of Euro
40,000. The Cabinet also approved continued financial support to Belmont
Forum Secretariat beyond 2017.
The Belmont Forum, created in 2009, is a high level group of the world's
major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and
international science councils. It provides an opportunity to identify
study and deliver international environmental research priorities, for
the society, in an accelerated way through transnational research
collaboration between natural and social scientists and alignment of
India is a member of Belmont Forum, besides Australia, Brazil, Canada,
European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, Netherland, South Africa,
UK and USA etc. Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), represents India in
the Belmont Forum since 2012.
In order to coordinate the activities of the Belmont, a Secretariat is
hosted by one of the Belmont forum member on rotational basis. ANR,
France is hosting the Secretariat from January, 2015 to December, 2017.
Expenditure for hosting the Secretariat will be borne by Belmont Forum
member countries in kind or cash contribution.
The Agreement will help to maintain a certain degree of continuity in
the operations of the Forum and also help in smooth coordination of the
activities of Belmont Forum. As India is already participating in 4
Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs) and Secretariat will be
coordinating the activities of Belmont Forum, Indian scientific
community will ultimately benefit from this agreement.
Since the inception of Belmont Forum in 2009, its operations were being
handled by a part-time secretariat associated with the respective Chairs
of the Belmont Forum. As the Co-chairs are rotational, the Secretariat
also rotates and some time co-chairs are from different Continents with
different time zone. In order to maintain a certain degree of continuity
in the operations of the Forum, establishment of a Full-time Secretariat
was agreed upon by Belmont Forum members, on rotational basis. ANR,
France has agreed to host the Secretariat from January, 2015 to