by Ashok Pavadia
With the objective of highlighting the Sustainability Goals and pertaining challenges as well as discussion over suggestive measures, the Education Committee PHDCCI in association with KAS organized the National Summit on Sustainability and SDGs on Tuesdayat Le Meridien, New Delhi.
Saket Dalmia, Sr. Vice President, PHDCCI, addressed the dynamics of SDGs and role of corporate sector in achieving these goals. He said that it is pertinent to reconfigure the entire education system to facilitate learning, so that all of the critical targets and goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be achieved
Shreevats Jaipuria, Chair – Education Committee, PHDCCI, while defining the importance of education in Nation building stated that education is listed in SDG 4 and we strongly believe that Education is important to achieve not just one but all the 17 SDGs.” NEP is set to put India back on track in achieving the Sustainable Development goals. The New Education Policy (NEP) with its inclusive and qualities reforms will help create future leaders well versed with sustainability and development, added Mr Jaipuria.
Peter Rimmele, Resident Representative to India, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), appreciated PHDCCI for being the pioneer in generating visionary ideas and concepts on how to efficiently synergise future successful businesses with the ethos of sustainability.
Rimmele added that the effective and efficient exchange of know-how regarding innovative solutions to contemporary challenges will be the key for achievement of sustainable development and climate goals. India has the potential to be a tremendous support to the world particularly in achieving the SDG number 12 – namely responsible consumption and production, which will be a key in building an AatmaNirbhar Bharat.
Ashok Pavadia, Former Addl. Secretary, Govt. of India; Founder Director, Council for Research on Policy and Governance mentioned that Sustainable Development is highly dependent on Social Development; development has always stood upon three major pillars of Economics, Social and Environment but another pillar that must be focused on for greater stability is Governance. These four pillars together can help us achieve the SDGs.
He also mentioned that, Pollution and climatic deterioration adversely impact the education of children, industrial activities, endangering small islands, and many other factors pertaining to life.
Anshu Gupta, Magsaysay Awardee; Founder Goonj and Gram Swabhimaan highlighted the need to do an internal self-assessment and try to utilize all the resources at our disposal and deploy them for the collective good of society. He also mentioned that the Covid-19 waves were times of greatest learnings for the whole of mankind and it is high time that sustainability is a key part in every move we make.
Saurabh Sanyal, Secretary General, PHD Chamber presented the vote of thanks to all the esteemed guest speakers and all the attendees. He also mentioned that, green issues are at the heart of sustainability globally; it also means evolving around – human rights, gender rights and creating an equitable society also form the basis for a sustainable future.
The Summit was supported by PHDCCI Annual Sponsors such as, Multani Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Star Wire ;P G Industry; Uflex Ltd; DLF Ltd; Continental Carriers Pvt Ltd; Belair Travel & Cargo Pvt Ltd; Radico Khaitan Ltd; Crystal Crop Protection Ltd; Paramount Communications; Superior Industries Ltd; JK Tyre & Industries Ltd; Comtech Interio; R E Rogers; AYUSH Herbs Private Ltd; Apeejay Stya Group; DCM Shriram; EaseMyTrip; Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products Pvt Ltd; MV Cotspin Ltd; Synergy Environics Ltd; Ajit Industries Pvt Ltd; P S BEDI & Co.; Indian Farmer & Fertilizers Corporation Ltd; Jindal Steel; Hindware Sanitary; Modern Automobiles; Livit Ltd. Jaipuria Institute of Management was the principal partner.
(Ashok Pavadia, Former Additional Secretary, Govt. of India; Founder Director, Council for Research on Policy and Governance)