SAARC Charter Day In India:- Trade bloc consisting of the South Asian countries was planned and created by president Ziaur Rahman during the late 1970s. There was a meeting related to the Bangladeshi proposal held in Colombo in the year 1981 which was later accepted by the following countries Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India. The statement on the South Asian Regional Cooperation was accepted by the leaders in a meeting held in New Delhi in the month of August in 1983.
And later, on 8th of December in 1985, the leader of the Seven South Asian Countries (means Maldives, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladeshi and Sri Lanka) had signed the contract (means charter) to set up the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). SAARC was joined by Afghanistan as a Member during the 14th meeting of SAARC in Delhi in April 2007.
SAARC CHARTER DAY 2019
34th SAARC Charter Day 2019 in India would be celebrated on Sunday, on the 8th of December.
What is SAARC
SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is the great notion of a regional collaboration with the diverse culture, geographic and diversity of the environment. It was stated by the member of the SAARC that it is a packed together of the highest mountains, land protected mountains, low line flood (prone areas) as well as low line island country of the world. SAARC is a habitat of almost 1.5 billion people (around 22%) of the total population of the world.
What is SAARC Secretariat
The SAARC Secretariat was launched in the meeting at Kathmandu on the 16th of January in the year 1987 to deeply manage as well as monitor the implementation of all the activities of SAARC activities. It also has the responsibility to serve the association’s meetings and works as a communication channel between the SAARC and the international organizations. It consists of the Secretary-General, the general service staffs and the 8 directors.
On the SAARC Charter Day, a big celebration event is held by all the members to raise public awareness about the government’s commitment to the SAARC process. It is also celebrated to emphasize the major activities and works of the association. SAARC Charter Day is commemorated every year by the statements of the Member States and the Secretary-General. Some of the major objectives are:
- To promote the peace, constancy, harmony, and growth of all the regions by the strict observance of the United Nations Charter and Non-Alignment principles.
- To achieve freedom, peace, economic prosperity, social progress, cultural development, and social justice by promoting the interdependent world, making good neighboring relations, increasing mutual understanding and consequential teamwork in the South Asian regions.
- To increase awareness about ordinary problems, interests, and objectives of the South Asian peoples.
- To increase the regional cooperation among the South Asian countries for the mutual benefits, welfare and well being of the people.
- To promote friendship and understanding among the people of South Asian countries by increasing the collaboration, contacts, and exchanges.
- To remind the announcements signed by the Foreign Ministers in New Delhi as well as notice the achievements in the regional cooperation.
HOW IT IS CELEBRATED
Three days long SAARC Folklore and Heritage Festival is held in the Chandigarh started from the 3rd of December. This occasion is arranged by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (called FOSWAL) in connection with the Ministry of External Affairs of India as well as the Administration of Chandigarh. OSWAL (an apex body of the SAARC) is the single authorized body among countries under SAARC, only certified for organizing the cultural programs under the banner and logo of SAARC.
The first-day festival involves program presentation by the scholars of the Folklore Academic Research Seminar. The program includes the Folk Guitar, Algozas Orchestra, Hozagiri folk dance, Kalbelia dance, Dhangad Folk Dance, Dhol Cholum Dance, etc. The evening program presents by the Sapera Been Jogis. During all three days of the festival, various renowned artists from all over the sub-continent take part in the program to spread the messages of SAARC.
A large crowd of people comes to visit the programs to know the culture and traditions of other countries through the performers. A variety of paintings, debates, and quiz competitions are also organized for the school children in association with the SAARC Disaster Management Centre.
Various awareness programs, training courses are also held for the Journalists and Teachers on the SAARC, HIV/AIDS, TB and other major disease control and prevention in Kathmandu, Nepal.