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Sikkim CM Joins PM to Inaugurate World Sustainable Development Summit

Sikkim CM Joins PM to Inaugurate World Sustainable Development Summit
February 17
11:13 2018

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the 2nd World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday.

While delivering his inaugural address, the Prime Minister said that the Summit is reinforcement of India’s commitment to sustainable planet for ourselves and for future generations. He further said that as a nation we are proud of our long history and tradition of harmonious coexistence between man and nature. Over the years, the world sustainable development summit has spread consciousness about our action to preserve the purity of mother earth to all parts of the world.

“India believes in growth but it is also committed to protecting the environment, the Prime Minister said. He also recounted various initiatives at the national and international levels for climate change mitigation.”

In the evening, Pawan Chamling was invited to address the Plenary Session at the India Habitat Centre. While dwelling on the theme of Partnering to create a green, clean and prosperous world, the Chief Minister said that we are passing through a very critical juncture in earth’s history when our use of resources has outpaced the ability for its regeneration. The Chief Minister recounted the many environmental measures undertaken by the Sikkim Government over the years and shared about the many positives outcomes at the state level.

Calling upon the world to the need of bringing about drastic changes in perception, behavior, habits, cultural adaptations and societal ways, the Chief Minister prescribed actions involving (a) continuous course corrections of our process based on the assessment of outcomes (b) aggressive policy formulation and enforcement to support the required climate change adaptations (c) formulation of guiding principles and practices for creating changes in individual and societal behaviour (d) building capacity to guide future generations and developing expertise to undertake and implement required changes in communities.

Calling upon the world community to make the earth total organic by 2050, the Chief Minister said that it is possible if we all work together.

Offering his service to address the global challenges, the Chief Minister said that he is open to developing partnerships for creating a clean, green and prosperous world for all, based on experimentations in Sikkim for building a greener, healthier and sustainable future.

Sharing the dais for the Plenary Session with the Chief Minister were Laurent Fabius, Former President of COP21 and UN Environment Patron on Environmental Governance, Constitutional Council of France Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, Fiji, Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Government of Quebec, Lyonpo Lekey Dorji, Minister of Economic Affairs, Bhutan and other distinguished participants.

The session was chaired and moderated by Ambassador Ajai Malhotra, Distinguished Fellow, TERI.

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