Sustainability and Development focus of Vivekananda Sustainability Summit held in New Delhi

Distinguished guests at the April 12, 2023 conference and expo at the 2nd Vivekananda Sustainability Summit in New Delhi. Seen in photo, from left, Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Acharya Lokesh Muni of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Swami Chidananda Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan Rishikesh, Dr. Rajesh Sarwadnya founder of Vivekananda Youth Connect Foundation. Photo: courtesy Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti.

A conference, Expo and prize distribution program was organized by Vivekananda Youth Connect as part of the second  Vivekananda Sustainability Summit was held April 12, 2023, at Dr. Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi. Dr. Rajesh Sarvagya, founder of Vivekananda Youth Connect, noted that the event was organized on the themes of Sustainability Development.

Environment is not only a global issue today but also an individual and collective responsibility for each and every individual, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his message for the Vivekananda Sustainability Summit 2023. Modi said that environmental protection is a commitment for India, not a compulsion. The Prime Minister appreciated the work of Vivekananda Youth Connect, which is engaged in the work of environment-friendly and sustainable development, a press release said.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing the concluding session of the Vivekananda Sustainability Summit 2023, said that the country needs to make its transport industry carbon-free soon as India has the potential to lead the world in the field of biofuels. For this, the government is encouraging policy framework for production of biofuels and creating a sustainable environment around it, he added.

Minister Gadkari conferred the Vivekananda Sustainability Award 2023 to Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti,  an organization that has been working in the field of environment, and the Jeevan Gaurav Award to Swami Chidanand Saraswati in the individual category.

World Peace Ambassador Acharya Lokeshji said that Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti has been working continuously in the field of environment for the last 17 years, and that climate change and  environmental pollution are the biggest challenges of the world today. He added that the award has increased the responsibility of doing more work in the field of environmental protection. Dedicating this award to the workers, he encouraged them to tackle this challenge with full enthusiasm.

Discussions at the conference covered Green Hydrogen, Himalayan Sustainability and its impact on the Indian subcontinent, EV Revolution, Waste to Wealth, Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, E-Waste, Spirituality, Environment, Climate change, contribution of youth in environmental protection with environmentalists, students, intellectuals, people related to spiritual, scientific, expert, political and social fields from all over the country, the press release said.

Other organizations honored at the event included Switch Mobility Limited, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial (Indu Mill, Dadar), Shashi Prabhu & Associates, H.E. Freddie Swain (Ambassador Royal Danish Embassy), Mr. Babu Lal Chhipa-Mrs. Bhanwari Devi, Sonam Wangchuk (Ladakh), Dr. Narhari Bangar (IAS), Mrs. Bina Lavania, NDMC, Hans Raj College (University of Delhi), Rishihood University (Sonipat) , Haryana), DAV Public School (Pushpanjali Enclave), Delhi Public School (Greater Faridabad) and ABIR Infrastructure Projects Ltd.



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