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DARLING DAUGHTERS OF MANIPUR

Dance performance at Christ University

Witnessing their dance with resilience and grace of our daughters who were repatriated from Manipur as they took the stage at Christ University for the CRI Assembly 2024 was truly a heartwarming moment. They are students of Don Bosco College.

 

Well, our daughters had a gala time (actually I did) gifting each one of them with perfumes, an evening of dinner at the mall, treats and sharing the love of Jesus. I travelled to Bangalore just to be with our daughters for this evening. They were in the care of their guardian, Dr. Rebecca.

May 2023: Ethnic violence

Collective efforts were made to rescue women and children from Manipur, as they were the most vulnerable. Together, we've orchestrated a symphony of rescue and renewal, rescuing these precious souls from the ravages of violence, providing them sanctuary, education, and a pathway to freedom. Efforts were made, and we booked flights to rescue over a hundred victims. Many arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs, having lost homes and loved ones to senseless brutality. Yet, through our collective efforts, they now thrive as college students at various colleges pan-India. These girls who performed, are students at our Don Bosco college, embraced by the loving arms of Fr. Dr. Joe Jomon. We had negotiated with the state government to integrate these girls in the education system at the college level, in lieu of their relevant previous academic credentials as it was destroyed when their homes were burnt. —- Context of ethnic violence: On 3 May 2023, ethnic violence erupted in India's north-eastern state of Manipur between the Meitei people, a majority that lives in the Imphal Valley, and the Kuki-Zo tribal community from the surrounding hills. According to government figures, as of 28 February 2024, 219 people have been killed in the violence and 60,000 people have been displaced. Earlier figures also mentioned over 1,000 injured, and 32 missing. 4,786 houses were burnt and 386 religious structures were vandalized, including temples and churches. Unofficial figures are higher. Source: social media Love is the greatest of all! Dom

Dr. Dominic F Dixon

gLOBAL WARMING TO GLOBAL BOILING

PRESIDENTIAL

BOOK RELEASE

climate

changed

For the first time in the history of COP Climate conferences, a pavilion on Faith was installed, and this writes a new chapter on world climate diplomacy. My book titled, “Climate Changed: Global Warming to Global Boiling” is the first ever technical book on Climate Change with a chapter on Faith. In the chapter, I’ve written from the encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si’”. The book was graciously received by world political and religious leaders. I believe that Faith leaders have a more potent reach than political leaders, to call for climate justice and sustainability. On behalf of Pope Franics who could not make it for the presentation, the book was received by H.E. Christophe Z. El-Kassis Apostolic Nuncio to the UAE. On behalf of the Islamic community, the book was received by His Holiness, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd Da'i al-Mutlaq and Supreme Pontiff of the Dawoodi Bohra. His Holiness, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, graciously welcomed me and received a copy of my book. He gifted me a copy of his book on the preservation of water. Leaders from every continent have recieved a copy of my limited-gold-edition book. Blessed!

NURTURING FRIENDSHIP IN DIPLOMACY

World leaders have trusted the advice and friendship of Dr. Dixon's vision for peace, strategy, climate action and governance. In this gallery are some of his most recent encounters. Please click on pictures for description.

Chief Guest at the Salesian Model United Nations (SMUN)
Salesian College, Siliguri

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Chief Guest at the Salesian Model United Nations (SMUN)


Honoured to have been the Chief Guest at the Salesian Model United Nations (SMUN) program at Salesian College, Siliguri. The Guest of Honour was my colleague, Ms. Kiran Bedi, IPS, Fmr. Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry and India’s first woman IPS (Indian Police Service) officer.


I spoke on the importance of true servanthood, emphasizing that being a 'civil servant' should be about genuine service rather than seeking social status. Let's first strive to be good citizens and then work towards making a difference through NGOs that uplift the underprivileged - like the principles of Don Bosco.

The theme of SMUN was SDG 2 - ZERO HUNGER, a cause that resonates deeply with me. I highlighted the unfortunate correlation between corruption and poverty, questioning our priorities when we can fund space missions but struggle to provide basic amenities like electricity and clean water.


It's time we rethink our values and focus on addressing the pressing needs of our society. Together, we can create a world where everyone has access to the basic necessities of life.


More than 160 delegates from 18 schools participated in the third Salesian Model United Nations (SMUN) organized by students.
The delegates were divided in seven committees: United Nation’s Security Council; UN Human Rights Council; UN Commission on the Status of Women; UN General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security Council; All India Political Parties Meet; Viceroy’s Partition Council; and International Press Corps (IPC).
Was tremendously impressed with the way the SMUN was organised and surpassed my expectations.

UNSDG 2 - ZERO HUNGER throughout North-East India

Honoured to recognise the exceptional students, faculty, staff and Salesian Fathers of Salesian College Salesian College Sonada & Siliguri for their great efforts in acts of charity, goodwill and nation building. Their dedication to implementing UNSDG 2 - ZERO HUNGER throughout North-East India, is truly commendable. 


Thank you for making a difference!


The citation reads, “This accolade is awarded to Salesian College (Autonomous) Siliguri, India, in recognition of conducting the Salesian Model United Nations under the theme: United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 - ZERO HUNGER held at Siliguri from 13th to 15th April 2024.


Read news report:

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consultation with the Governing Council of the Salesians of Don Bosco

Thrilled to have served as the Advisory during a dynamic 2-day consultation with the Governing Council of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Karnataka & Kerala Region! The 9-member council united to strategize and chart a course for the future, focusing on our goals for 2024 and beyond. It was an invigorating and fruitful session, and I'm eagerly anticipating the positive impact our collaborative efforts will bring in the years ahead!  The Province of Bangalore carries out the Salesian mission in Karnataka ( excluding the coastal areas and some North western parts) with 20 canonically erected communities and 2 presences involving about 150 confreres. The entire state of Kerala falls under the jurisdiction of the Province of Bangalore. The region has 21 canonically erected communities and a Presence. About 170 confreres are carrying out the Salesian apostolate. OPENING STATEMENT: The great disparity! Address to the Governing Council members: - In India, over 60% of its population, I.e. around 70 crore people earn below 100 rupees a day. - According to the ILO, the total unemployed youth has almost doubled from 35.2% in 2000 to 65.7% in 2024. - India Employment Report 2024 released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) - 83%of unemployment is under the age of 34. The Don Bosco way can change that. SIGA Polytechnic College changed led the way educational institutions should function. India is facing an unemployment crisis due to various factors: 1. Population Growth: India has a large and growing population, resulting in a high number of job seekers every year, outpacing job creation. 2. Skill Mismatch: There is a mismatch between the skills possessed by the workforce and the skills demanded by the industries, leading to underemployment and unemployment. 3. Slow Economic Growth: Despite being one of the fastest-growing economies, India's economic growth has been uneven, failing to generate enough jobs to absorb the growing workforce. 4. Informal Sector Dominance: A significant portion of the Indian workforce is employed in the informal sector, which lacks job security, decent wages, and social protection. 5. Slow Industrialization: India's industrialization process has been slower compared to other countries, limiting job opportunities in manufacturing and other sectors. 6. Education System Challenges & Infrastructure Deficits:  The education system often prioritizes theoretical knowledge over practical skills, leaving graduates ill-prepared for the job market. Inadequate infrastructure, especially in rural areas, hinders the growth of industries and job creation opportunities. 7. Gender Disparities: Women face higher rates of unemployment and underemployment due to societal norms, limited access to education, and discriminatory practices in the workforce. Addressing these challenges requires comprehensive reforms in education, skill development, labour laws, and economic policies to promote inclusive and sustainable job creation across various sectors of the economy. Addressing youth employability in India requires a multifaceted approach. Here are some key strategies: 1. Education Reform & Skill Development Programs: Update the education curriculum to focus on practical skills alongside theoretical knowledge, promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Implement vocational training programs aligned with industry needs to equip youth with relevant skills for employment. 2. Industry-Academia Collaboration: Foster partnerships between educational institutions and industries to provide hands-on training, internships, and mentorship opportunities. 3. Entrepreneurship Promotion: Encourage entrepreneurship among youth by providing support such as mentorship, access to finance, and incubation centers to nurture their business ideas. 4. Digital Literacy: Promote digital literacy to ensure youth are equipped with the necessary digital skills required in today's job market. 5. Soft Skills Training: Offer training in communication, teamwork, leadership, and adaptability to enhance employability prospects. 6. Government Initiatives: Support and scale government initiatives aimed at skill development and employment generation, such as Skill India Mission and Make in India. 7. Social Safety Nets: Strengthen social safety nets to support vulnerable youth, including access to healthcare, affordable housing, and financial assistance during periods of unemployment. By implementing these strategies, India can enhance the employability of its youth, thereby fostering economic growth and social development. Viva Don Bosco

REGIONAL FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
DON BOSCO COLLEGE, Chitradurga

I had the privilege of being the Keynote Speaker at the "Faculty Development Program" organized by Don Bosco College, Chitraduraga, under the insightful leadership of Fr. Joe Jomon, the Principal. Faculty from colleges participated. My opening statement: "When a child steps into the classroom, it's not just about learning; it's about love, nurturing, and often healing from the traumas they may carry from home. Teachers are wounded too, so the management acts as a support system. Perhaps schools should be more like hospitals, where the wounded come and get healed. This is the circular-economy of Don Bosco’s vision of love.” During the session, I shared an eye-opening example of a Christian school in Bangalore, where an application was rejected due to the parents' lack of education. The rationale? Concerns about who would support the child academically at home, with the fear that the child's failure would reflect poorly on the institution. Additionally, I ventured into a comprehensive overview of the Indian higher education system, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses: Pros: 1. Diverse Curriculum: Offering a broad spectrum of courses and subjects, catering to diverse interests and career paths. 2. Affordable Education: Relatively affordable compared to many Western countries. 3. Quality Institutions: Home to prestigious institutions like IITs and IIMs renowned for academic excellence. 4. Strong Focus on STEM: Emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education, producing skilled professionals. 5. Cultural Diversity: Fostering cultural exchange and understanding among students from diverse backgrounds. Cons: 1. Lack of Infrastructure: Many institutions lack modern facilities necessary for contemporary education. 2. Outdated Curriculum: Some curricula are outdated and fail to align with industry needs, creating a gap in real-world skills. 3. Limited Research Opportunities: Despite prestigious institutions, research funding and opportunities lag behind global standards. 4. Overcrowded Classrooms: Issues of overcrowding impact the quality of education and personalized attention. 5. Employability Concerns: Despite a rise in graduates, concerns persist about their employability due to skill gaps and mismatched industry requirements. In conclusion, while the Indian higher education system boasts diversity, affordability, and quality institutions, it also faces challenges such as infrastructure deficits, curriculum relevance, research limitations, and employability issues that warrant attention and reform.

INTERVIEW
𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐄𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭y

I was interviewd by the Country Director of G100, a group of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

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GMBF GLOBAL, Dubai UAE

Lithuania-UAE-India Business Conclave

Theme: Opportunities in Lithuania

Was graciously invited as a ‘Guest of Honour’ alongside erudite dignitaries and political leaders of India.

Was amazed with the wealth of knowledge of Shri. Sunil Deodhar and Shri. Anil Bhonde and their service to the sovereign nation of India.

My statement in summary: Twenty years ago, India was poised; ten years ago, India was rising; now, India has risen. I stated that I’m a minority within a minority, i.e. a Christian and an Anglo Indian and still want to serve the nation of India, whilst my entire family and generation live abroad. India is on a global level and we have gone from ‘soft diplomacy’ where no nation took us seriously, to ‘nationalistic diplomacy’ under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi Ji, where now, the world not just listens to India, but looks to us for leadership and geopolitical solutions.

The Guests of honour were:

Shri. Dr. Anil Bhonde, Member of Parliment, Rajyasabha & Ex Agriculture Minister of Maharashtra

Shri. Sunil Deodhar, National Secretary, BJP/ Co-incharge, Andhra Pradesh State

H.E. Ramona's Davidonis, Ambassador of Lithuania to the UAE

Shri. Manish Awasthi, Television anchor

With an active track record of more than a decade, GMBF Global is an exclusive network of entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and key government decision makers that share and collaborate on business opportunities. Through it’s various activities GMBF Global is playing a key role in bringing business stakeholders together and facilitating Investment and Trade between Maharashtra and the Middle East & Africa.

SEMINAR | Spirit of Excellence

Noviciate of The Congregation of the
Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians

SILIGURI, West Bengal

The Noviciates a song for me, “Your Excellency”. Listen to their amazing voices.

Grateful for the opportunity to speak on the 'Spirit of Excellence' at the Noviciate of The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, the first indigenous Congregation in North East India. 


Encouraging these inspiring women to embrace a life worthy of their calling, to love the Lord passionately, and to walk in integrity every step of the way. May their journey be filled with purpose and joy as they continue to spread love and light wherever they go. 


They composed a song for me, “Your Excellency”. Listen to their amazing voices.

SEMINAR | Spirit of Excellence 
Graduate students | Salesian Philosophate, Sonada, Darjeeling

Release of workbook for Masterclass 


Honored to be invited to the scenic Salesian Philosophate in Sonada, Darjeeling, nestled at an altitude of over 6,000 feet amidst cool 12-degree weather and freezing rain. 


Had an engaging session with over 50 bright graduate students of philosophy, discussing the "Spirit of Excellence" in pursuing their unique callings. The insightful questions from these young minds challenged me to reflect deeply on integrity in a complex world.


Thrilled to announce the release of the workbook for our Masterclass program, which was blessed and launched by Fr. Dr. Father C J Mathew, Vice Rector of the Salesian Studentate of Philosophy. Grateful for this enriching experience!

MARKING HISTORY

Israel’s first Independence Day in the UAE ceremony

75th Anniversary of the State of Israel reception at Abu Dhabi, UAE

Was tremendously grateful to be personally invited for the ceremony, by H.E. Amir Hayek, the Ambassador of Israel to the UAE.

The Holy Scripture quoted at the ceremony was from the Book of Isaiah 4:4 “… they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

The Ambassador in his heart-felt message stated that, “We are here to celebrate materialisation of peace, and the beginning of a new era in our region.”

It was an amazing sight to see UAE’s first Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mohammed Al Khaja, gracing the occasion, and prompted the words of Shalom and cooperation, by saying in Hebrew, Be’ezrát hashém (בעזרת ה׳), Insha Allah, God willing!

It was a joy to see the fruit of the Abraham Accords, as brothers and sisters of the children of our Patriarch, Abraham, dwell together in peace and harmony.

The children of the Ambassador are the very first Israelis to attend a school in the UAE, whilst his beloved wife, is involved in a number of philanthropic missions.

Joining me were my UAE team, Mr. Nifty Fernandes, Protocol In-charge, and Ms. Marchita Rowena, Spl. Secretary.

Shalom!

HISTORIC MEETING, UNADAP-ISRAEL-UAE

Israel Ambassador to UAE

Was graciously welcomed by H.E. Amir Hayek, the very first Ambassador of Israel to the UAE, This is a historic meet at the very first Israel Embassy in the UAE, making this the first ever Israel embassy in the Arab region.

Ambassador Amir Hayek is the first Israeli Ambassador to the UAE since the signing of the historic ABRAHAM ACCORDS, of which I’ve been an advisor and negotiator for peace. Ambassador Hayek is by far the coolest and most knowledgeable Ambassador I’ve ever met in my life. He’s the rare non-career diplomat, but a political appointee, and a former business tycoon in Israel. Upon the call by the government of Israel, he now serves as Israel’s first ever Ambassador to the UAE. He’s a personified example of a call to serve the nation!

Ambassador Hayek is a great admirer of Prime Minister Modi and has memorable ties with India. We’ve offered each other our unconditional support!

The Abraham Accords are a series of joint normalization statements initially between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, effective since September 15, 2020. Mediated by the United States, the initial announcement of August 13, 2020, concerned only Israel and the United Arab Emiratesbefore the announcement of a follow-up agreement between Israel and Bahrain on September 11, 2020. On September 15, 2020, the official signing ceremony for the Abraham Accords was hosted by the United States at the White House. As part of the dual agreements, both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recognized Israel's sovereignty, enabling the establishment of full diplomatic relations.

In picture, H.E. Amir Hayek, Ambassador of Israel to the UAE and Dr. Dominic F Dixon, Executive Director

India-Israel bilateral Relations
India–Israel relations (Hindi: भारत-इज़राइल सम्बन्ध; Hebrew: יחסי הודו-ישראל) are the bilateral relationsbetween the Republic of India and the State of Israel. The two countries have an extensive and comprehensive economic, military, and political relationship. They are both in I2U2 Group, (The I2U2 Group is a grouping of India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.) The Indian and Israeli governments have stated they have deep ties rooted in mutual problems and a desire to address them, especially in regards to Israeli techs applications for India.

COP28 PRESIDENCY, UAE

Was graciously invited to the COP28 Centre in Abu Dhabi, by H.E. Saood AlNoori, UAE Head of Diplomatic Engagement, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change. Along with Climate Specialist of the UAE Special Envoy, Mr. Anur.

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The UAE will host the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in November 2023 at Expo City Dubai to unite the world towards agreement on bold, practical and ambitious solutions to the most pressing global challenge of our time.

UNADAP will engage with the Envoy to collaborate and ensure that the COP28 bear fruit, as per the vision and strategy of the Presidency.

The UAE plays a central role in the world’s energy economy as a supplier of fossil fuels, which gives the country an important stake in finding solutions to cutting emissions while still providing the world with the energy it needs.

The UAE has engaged in the fight against climate change because it recognises the risks of inaction and the global responsibility it is committed to.

As host, the UAE will mobilize action around a “major course correction” to accelerate emissions reductions while ensuring energy security. Dr. Al Jaber the COP28 President has also highlighted the role of the UAE in building bridges to advance international efforts that will support the Global South and countries that are most vulnerable.

It’s an amazing year, as India has the G20 Presidency and the UAE, COP28.

His Excellency Saood has expressed his commitment in engaging with all stake holders to ensure that the global vision to Climate action is upheld. We wish him great success, even as he travels to India this year for the G20 delegation, whilst he toggles his COP28 diplomacy.

India UAE Relations.

As if ordained by destiny, whilst India celebrated the 75th year of independence, the UAE also celebrated the Year of the 50th, the golden jubilee of the formation of the UAE. Furthermore, this was also the year when our two countries complete 50 years of diplomatic relations.

The UAE hosts about 3.5 million Indians – about 25 per cent of India’s diaspora, the largest anywhere in the world. A key pillar of the strong relationship, the Indian community is acknowledged to be a significant contributor to the UAE’s economy. The UAE has provided Indians a home away from home where they can work and contribute to the economies of both countries and also benefit from the welcoming and harmonious socio-economic ecosystem.

Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai | COP28

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Had an excellent meeting with my friend, H.E. Faisal Ali Rashid PMP, Senior Director, Demand Side Management at the Supreme Council of Energy. He is also the Chairman of Advancing Net Zero volunteering team I the UAE. Dr. Faisal is the focal point chief of DSM for COP28.

Dr. Faisal is an expert in the fields of Oil, Renewable Energy & Demand Industry, and a sought after conference speaker, who is internationally qualified and experienced. He’s led and contributed to Dubai Demand Side Management program which infused significant water and electricity consumption reduction in the last ten years. He is a very humble person with strong commitment to family and friendships.

Under the visionary guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 (DIES) was developed in 2010 and deployed in 2011 to set the strategic direction of Dubai towards securing sustainable supply of energy and enhancing demand efficiency (water, power & transportation fuel).

The DSM Strategy was developed by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to make Dubai a leader in efficient management of electricity and water demand with an ambitious target of 30% reduction in energy and water consumption by 2030.

G100 2024 SUMMIT
International Womens Day

- IS INDIA WOMAN-READY? -

I had the privilage to deliver a message for the G100 Summit, with the world's leading Women Business Leaders, Women Politicians, Actresses and Influencers.

DIXON SCHOLARSHIPS 2023

Indian Civil Services

For the poorest of the poor

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Upon the recommendation of the Govt. of Karnataka’s CDC department's Chairman, Shri. Kennedy Shanth Kumar, DIXON Scholarships is pleased to announce that Ms. Blessy Edwin is the scholarship awardee for year 2023 to pursue her studies for the Indian Civil Services. This scholarship fund would go towards tuition and study materials for her preparations, due to her family’s financial constraints. Ms. Blessy was a topper in her Bachelor of Arts.

DIXON Scholarships is a private scholarship program by the Dixon family, for the poorest of the poor, in the name of Mr. Brian Dixon, the living patron.

For more info: https://www.dominicdixon.net/scholarships

Prime Minister Modi in Sydney, Australia

NSW Government Advisory

Climate and Foreign Policy advisor to world leaders and the Executive Director of UNADAP, Dr. Dominic F Dixon has advised the New South Wales government that in order to achieve Net Zero Plan Stage 1 between 2023-2030 as it’s foundation for NSW’s action on climate change and goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050; the plan must aim to strengthen the prosperity and quality of life of the people of NSW, while helping to achieve the State’s objective to deliver a 70% cut in emissions by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. Cutting emissions must result in cutting of poverty, said Dixon.

The plan supports a range of initiatives targeting energy, electric vehicles, hydrogen, primary industries, technology, built environment, carbon financing and organic waste.

Dr. Dixon, also the Director General for the International Diplomatic Alliance for Peace, Climate Justice & Renewal Energy, stated that, the implementation of the Net Zero Plan, together with the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap, will result in more than 9,000 jobs and up to $37 billion in private investment, the majority expected to be across regional New South Wales.

Dr. Dixon has further advised that NSW collaborate on a treaty-based alliance with neighbouring states to achieve this goal in alignment with the UNFCCC’s climate agenda. He stated that India had come a long way as a leader in climate action and Australia-India relations must focus of ‘green business’ in every transaction.

Australia's current relationship with India is changing and it is a shift that has been accelerated by a recent free-trade agreement signing — the first India has signed with a western nation.

Key points:

- Australia was the first western nation to sign a free-trade agreement with India

- India's rising middle class provides an opportunity for Australian agriculture

- Consumers in India are seeking lamb, pulses, and high-quality fruit and vegetables from Australia

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Secretariat

THE SYDNEY DIALOGUE

Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP). Sydney, Australia.

Was on delegation by the Government of Australia, Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Indian High Commission to Australia, for Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership. The AICCTP complements the Australia-India Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber-Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation and establishes a platform for Australia and India to work together to promote and preserve an open, free, safe, and secure Internet, enhance digital trade, harness critical technology opportunities, and address cyber security challenges.

Honour, felecitation by the Indian State Government
Government of Karnataka

Was graciously honoured by the Government of Karnataka, Minority Department CDC for DIXON SCHOLARSHIPS philanthropic work in the nation of India. Rotary International had also felicitated me. DIXON SCHOLARSHIPS is in the name of my father, Mr. Brian Dixon, the living Patron.

https://www.dominicdixon.net/scholarships

Read below for the statement by the Government of Karnataka

—- Statement by the Government of Karnataka:

RECOGNITION FOR HUMANITARIAN SERVICES

The Government of Karnataka, Christian Development Council (CDC) takes this opportunity to honour and felicitate Dr. Dominic Dixon, President of DIXON SCHOLARSHIPS. The works of charity by this philanthropic entity has served the poorest of the poor in India, in educating predominantly the girl child, from primary to business schools and with a special focus on mentoring the Indian Civil Services.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi Ji, the Vice President of India, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and other governments have nationally and regionally appreciated the works of Dr. Dominic Dixon.

Leaders of Rotary International, Bangalore chapter have recognised and honoured the works of DIXON SCHOLARSHIPS for the implementation of UN SDG 4, QUALITY EDUCATION in the nation of India.

It is an honour for Dr. Dixon to have visited Karnataka Minority Cell today. He’s a man who has represented India on global platforms and continues his compassionate works for the poor.

Kennedy Shant Kumar

Chairman, CDC

Government of Karnataka

Seminar: Workshop on NBA Self-Assessment Report Preparation | SIGA Polytechnic College, Chennai, India.

Was graciously invited as the ‘Chief Guest’ for the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training And Research, held at SIGA Polytechnic College, Chennai, India.

The purpose of the three days seminar was to champion Heads of Departments of South India’s leading Technical Colleges on ‘Internationalisation of Academics’ through the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). The purpose of the accreditation by NBA is to promote and recognize excellence in technical education in colleges and universities - at both the undergraduate and post graduate levels. This means, that foreign students could do part education or transfer to an Indian college on a credit-based system; whilst Indian students could study abroad using the same system, without having to lose continuity from their Indian degree courses.

As the Executive Director & Director General of UNADAP/ IDA & MORE, it was a privilege to honour SIGA Polytechnic College with a citation for their commitment and contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Goals (SDG), 1 - No Poverty & 2 - Quality Education. The citation was presented to the Principal, Rev. Fr. P T Joseph, graced by the Rector, Rev. Fr. Dominic Joseph Matthews.

As a global advisory for the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), I’m part of the team that is working towards the installation of SIGA in the United States and Canada. SIGA is rated top most for technical education in India. Most students, especially Anglo Indians have been blessed by SIGA, that thousands have migrated to Australia with this technical education.

As a personal testimony, I am what I am today, because of how the Lord used SIGA to transform my life and character. Stemming from a poverty stricken family and an academic failure; SIGA, was my heaven on earth, where I was taught the importance of character and education. It is an absolute honour, that DIXON Scholarships sponsors the education of several boys from deprived economic backgrounds, regardless of creed, religion or domicile.

Jai Hind!

S Jaishankar I India's External Affairs Minister On India's Foreign Policy Amid Ukraine Russia War

India's External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar speaks at the #CNNNews18TownHall about how the governance paradigm has changed with respect to our foreign policies and relationships in last 8 years of the Modi Government.

COP 27, EGYPT

Met the most amount of female leaders, are who gave me an amazing perspective what it is to be a strong, independent and successful woman. Met Arabic women leaders who have made it bing in the Arab world. They are not only clothed with dignity, but also clothed with character and integrity. See pictures below. I really wished that cop27 had more female representatives.

As advisory to world leaders and focal points, the programmes were filled with negotiations. UNADAP’s delegation of advisors from seven nations were on the front lines of advisory and negotiations.

H.E. Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt, took over as President of COP 27 from H.E. Alok Sharma.The UN COP27 summit takes place on the frontlines of the converging climate, food, energy, health and debt crises: Africa. This presents a need and opportunity like never before to galvanise immediate, on-the-ground action in the countries that most need it.

 

In discussion with H.E. Ghada Fathi Waly, serving as the Director-General/ Executive Director of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)/ United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Ms. Waly served as Minister of Social Solidarity of Egypt from March 2014 until December 2019. She also served as the Coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice and chaired the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States from 2014 to 2019.

Plenary Presidential sessions: Had the pleasure to walk to the Presidential plenary with the most powerful woman in Europe, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. This is her COP27 statement: "We must work relentlessly to adapt to our climate – making nature our first ally. This is why our Union will push for an ambitious global deal for nature at the UN Biodiversity conference in Montreal later this year. And we will do the same at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh."

Liaison with the United States delegation.

Had discussions about the mind of the U.S. and climate action, with U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, H.E. Daniel Rubinstein, H.E. Andrew Moffat, Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of State. Amazing sharing on the Scientific contribution of NASA to the world, with the genius, Dr. Tahani Amer, of NASA. I will be collaborating with Dr. Amer for my Harvard Kennedy research, as she’s an alumni as well.

 

With Youth Ambassadors, Imman Kajtazović (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Oliwia Kałużna (Poland). Both are the Sheik Zayed Sustainability Prize winners. I honoured them for their great work towards climate change.

Liason with the Egyptian Vice Minister for Tourism. H.E. Ghada Shalaby

5th Assembly of International Solar Alliance, New Delhi.

5th Assembly of International Solar Alliance, New Delhi.

Was invited by the Hon’ble President of the ISA, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister for New & Renewal Enegry, GoI & the Hon’ble Director General, Dr. Ajay Mathur. I will be part of the delegation to COP27 in Egypt, between November 6-18, 2022 with these officials.

The ISA is guided by its ‘Towards 1000’ strategy which aims to mobilise USD 1,000 billion of investments in solar energy solutions by 2030.

ISA is a Treaty based Inter-governmental organisation, with 120 nations as treaty members.

Under ISA's Program on Scaling Solar for Agricultural Use, #ISA aggregated demand of 2,72,579 #SolarWaterPumps from 22 countries. The #ISA is currently working with United Nations Development Programme - UNDP, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) @GGI & Asian Development Bank under different projects to implement #SolarWaterPumps in member countries.
 

The launch of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was announced by H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and H.E. Mr. Francois Hollande, former Hon’ble President of France on 30th November 2015, at the 21st session of United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-21) in Paris, France. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the launch. The ISA is guided by its ‘Towards 1000’ strategy which aims to mobilise USD 1,000 billion of investments in solar energy solutions by 2030, while delivering energy access to 1,000 million people using clean energy solutions and resulting in installation of 1,000 GW of solar energy capacity. This would help mitigate global solar emissions to the tune of 1,000 million tonnes of CO2 every year.

On delegation at the World Green Economy Summit at the World Trade Centre, Dubai. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai organised by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and World Green Economy Organization.

As the Indian delegation gears up for the COP27 in Egypt in November, I’ll be briefing the Prime Minister on various inclusive strategies of the MENA region on sustainability and climate action.

Of all the Ministers that I've interacted with, I was impressed with the humility and honour of an independent and powerful woman, my friend, H.E. Noor Alkhulaif, Minister of Sustainable Development, Bahrain. She builds lives, is honourable and faithful.

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