For the first time in Asia, the International Conference on Federalism will be held in New Delhi in November in which over 1,000 delegates from 100 countries will participate.
A pre-conference meeting, which will take place from February 21 to 23, will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil. The meeting will provide Indian and international experts a chance to do a peer review of background papers that have been commissioned for the fourth Conference from November 5-8.
Both the pre-conference and the conference, to be hosted by the Centre, will be held in the national capital.
The government's Inter-State Council Secretariat in partnership with the Forum of Federations will organise the meet, titled "Unity in Diversity: Learning from Each Other".
The main conference, which is likely to be attended by over 1,000 participants representing 100 countries, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Some Heads of State and Government from the world's leading federations are also likely to participate in the conference, which is aimed at all those who are interested in the practice of federalism - politicians, civil servants, academics and young professionals.
The previous conferences were held at Mt Tremblant (Canada) in 1999, St Gallen (Switzerland) in 2002 and Brussels (Belgium) in 2005.