Pawan Kumar Chamling, the fifth and incumbent Chief Minister of India’s first organic State Sikkim, has been conferred with the prestigious Sustainable Development Leadership Award by President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday in New Delhi.
Pranab Mukherjee conferred the award to Pawan Chamling in the ongoing World Sustainable Development Summit organised by The Energy and Research Institute(TERI)
President lauds Sikkim CM
President Pranab Mukherjee while congratulating Chamling said, ‘Sikkim is the smallest state of the country yet the most advanced one in terms taking up initiatives towards sustainable development keeping in harmony with climate change requirements. People of this small beautiful land which is organic based have shown immense faith upon Chamling for his endeavour in such desired goals.’
‘India shares about 18 percent of the global population but it has only 4 percent of water resources. The country consumes about 6 percent of energy. The threat of climate change is real and deserves immediate attention from the whole world. As a developing country we need an equitable approach towards climate change,’ Mukherjee added.
Pawan Kumar Chamling after receiving the award said, ‘It gives me immense pleasure to say that despite a very late inclusion into the Indian territory, Sikkim is the forerunner when it comes to adaptation to climate change and sustainable development and protection of environment. This award is a validation towards our effort.’
Words- Syeda Ambia Jahan