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New vision required for achieving sustainable development

Sep 06, 2017

Lead speakers at 12th Sustainability Summit urge industry to pursue both sustainable and inclusive development

New Delhi:“There is a need to formulate a new vision for the next 50 years for sustainable and inclusive development of the country that should focus not only on metropolises but takes care of the poor, the marginalised farmers and common people,” Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation,said at Sustainability Summit organised by CII-ITC in New Delhi on September 6.

Speaking at the two-day Summit, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, added that we are passing through challenging times and we must be prepared for any crisis. He added that we are responsible for the legacy that we will leave for the coming generations. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that the benefits of the democracy must reach the last person at the bottom of the ladder. He concluded by saying that the ethos of the Summit should go beyond the walls for the benefit of the humanity.

The annual Summit is focused on the collective journey of the stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and seeks to provide a platform for businesses, governments, civil society organisations to share their experiences, discuss and debate on issues of sustainable development.

The theme for the 12th Sustainability Summit is ‘2030 Agenda: Driving Inclusive Growth’.

In the inaugural session, Sanjiv Puri, CEO, ITC Limited, spoke about the decade long partnership of CII and ITC-Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in promoting sustainable development. Speaking in the aftermath of the recent natural disasters, he stressed on making fast progress to mitigate the challenge of climate change. He urged the industry to adopt new growth models to replenish the environment, create sustainable livelihoods and economic value. He urged the corporates to redefine their vision and to go beyond creating shareholder value to societal value.

ShobanaKamineni, CII president, insistedthe industry to work together towards achieving inclusive growth. She also focused on the importance of parityto create equal opportunities for everyone.

The Ambassador of European Union, Tomasz Kozlowski spoke about the importance of innovative technology transfer for achieving inclusive growth. He encouraged the industry to come out of their comfort zones and examine new ways to achieve sustainable development.

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