TPT Bureau New Delhi, June 4:
The global pandemic has reinforced the global focus on climate change and given people a fresh outlook and motivation to build a more sustainable and resilient world as a business and the usual attitude could land us in grave danger than the pandemic.
On the occasion of this World Environment Day, The Policy Times in partnership with RECYCLEAN.in and The Shakti Plastic Industries is organizing World Sustainability Summit 2021 online with support from GreenScape, ECOEX on 4th & 5th June from 5 pm to 9 pm to set a wave of brainstorming an Industry & Innovation-driven agenda for ‘Ecosystem Restoration. Event Partners of World Sustainability Summit 2021 are Services Export Promotion Council(SEPC), Material Recycling Association of India(MRAI), Indian Plastics Institute, and Indus International Research Foundation (IIRF) and organizing partners of this event are University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Gaza University and Impact Youth Sustainability.
World Sustainability Summit 2021 had witnessed 40+ eminent speakers including world leaders like India’s Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, Begum Habibun Nahar, Deputy Environment Minister of Bangladesh, and 4 Padmashri awardees, 2000+ international participants coming together and exchanging ideas and solutions to build a new green development model to achieve Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations.
“India is in the action of walking the talk – India is on the cusp of development but not at the cost of nature. The nation is currently the only G-20 country to have achieved 25% carbon emission reduction and is on the path of meeting a pledged goal. India established a capacity of 136 GW out of 450 GW committed renewable energy and increased 15000 Sq Km forest cover for extra carbon sink. It is the responsibility of advanced nations for adding their fair share to the current scenario to commit towards dissemination of affordable & low-cost technology along with finance to help not only developing nation but the world to meet climate goals together earlier” Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Environment & IB Minister through a video relayed the message at the inaugural session of WSS 2021
Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog was present as Chief guest and speaking on the occasion reiterated –“Immediate Change in the narrative, mindset, and dialogue to inspire better climate awareness and action is necessary. People’s narratives become policy and their understanding helps in implementation in a democracy and bringing any sort of major change. For India reinstalling the tradition of valuing nature and culture to enable circular production and responsible usage is the solution.
Sustainable development facilitates the interest of the nation and its people – so linking life, livelihood, and people through policies, initiatives and industry is key to bringing change instead of trading-off one at the cost of another. For business, the way forward is planning and operating in terms of social change and conserve natural resources, and reverse ecosystem degradation.
Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance,“ a global risk-mitigating mechanism that breeds profit and enables green transition is the solution”
Mr. Atul Bagai, Head, UNEP India, “Covid 19 has come as an ambassador of nature to give us a wake-up call to take advanced environmental agenda in an integrated national structure and change of discourse from its people to promote sustainable activities”
Dr. Dhiraj Kumar Singh, MD of GRC India, “Industry and innovation are synonymous, although there are lots of best practices they seem separate actions by individual experts so there is a need for a strong string in terms of a platform to collate, monitor and disseminate the best practices throughout the world to inspire better and multiplied adaptation”.
Mr. Gaurav Kaul, Founder & CEO, RECYCLEAN “Climate action need multilateral operation process with collaboration between stakeholders and establishing a well-engineered structure of combined physical and digital unidirectional and streamlined structure linking stakeholders and making them aware of the market and create new opportunities of waste management and thus bringing about a sustainable and circular economy”.
Mr. Rahul V Podaar, MD, The Shakti Plastic Industries “Recycling is one of the most important solutions to exploit the overused statement ‘reuse, recycle and reduce’ and moreover adding value to the waste for better adaption and management of waste will act as an action agenda to conserve natural resources and reserve ecosystem devastation.
Dr. Ashok Kumar, Vice Chairman, Greenscape Eco management brought a special focus on E-Waste management to build a sustainable circular economy and greener future earth. The sector must shift focus on retraction of material to successfully engineer a system of restoration and regeneration.
Md. Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury, Environmentalist, and Secretary-General, Bangladesh Deep Sea fisheries Association addressed climate change as a global crisis and it needs to be taken care of globally. He said, “Bangladesh is often identified as one of the risky countries in climate change. Bangladesh recognizes climate disaster and its significant hindrance to national development and risk for its people so the nation spends $5 Billion meaning 2.5% of its GDP for climate adaptation and taken the further initiative of massive reforestation. Bangladesh has the largest share of delta and consequential risk and boon so the country is taking a number of initiatives to preserve and inspire sustainable activities on the delta to energy-efficient transportation to address the climate issues.
Sunil H. Talati, Vice Chairman of the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) spoke on the UN’s initiative on climate change and its importance for directing actionable agenda. He said, “India has exported about $40 Million in environmental services. From an export point of view, we are having a 1.8% share. At international trade, we are the 6th largest market overall. The Indian government established a 5000 crores dedicated fund to increase the value addition and promote export and push the MSMEs.
Dr. Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer, Governing Council, Indian Plastics Institute- “we must rethink our actions and plan to spread awareness about the state of our local ecosystem and engineer time-bound action agenda and analyze their result and put combined effort to restore the previous glory of our ecosystem”.
Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman Unleashing India, Global Smart City Panel, MTGF, “It is necessary that we plan innovation, growth, and development as a sustainable cycle, not the one-way path to individual achievement but collective growth and future of the planet and its people”.
Mr. Salman Ahmad, Co-Founder, The Policy Times concluded the Inaugural session with remarks, “We must be aware in support of the UN’s perspective on sustainable environment issues. India is committed to this and paid keen attention to planning, budgeting, and developing and implementation of SDG models. NITI Ayog has already mapped the schemes related to the SDGs target. Also, the state government of India has a very important role to play and they are consistently striving for environmental concerns. The Policy Times with the mission of advocacy, consultative process that characterized the new world agenda”.
The inaugural session of World Sustainability Summit 2021 was moderated by Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times
This conference is supported by some of the pioneering organizations influencing a cleaner and greener world. The proud gold partners of WSS 2021 are GreenScape, ECOEX, GRC India. Event Partners of World Sustainability Summit 2021 are Services Export Promotion Council(SEPC), Material Recycling Association of India(MRAI), Indian Plastics Institute, and Indus International Research Foundation (IIRF) and organizing partners of this event are University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Gaza University and Impact Youth Sustainability. The 2 days summit was also supported by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP).