I was pleased to be a part of the Global e-Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as the Guest of Honour via live video.
During my address, I thanked the organisers BizStreet and SS Sujalaam Suphalaam Foundation, India for inviting me as the “Guest of Honour” among other prominent personalities. I informed the august gathering about Sikkim’s developmental model which is built on three pillars:
– Environmental Sustainability,
– Social wellbeing
– Economic viability
The traditional knowledge and practices of our ancestors to conserve, sustainably use the resources have inspired and guided us in charting the sustainable development path that we are on today. While we take great pride in our rich culture and past achievements, we face numerous challenges from globalization, climate change, and most recently, the disruptions and adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite challenges, Sikkim is making genuine efforts to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. We have been declared the cleanest state on numerous occasion and was awarded the Swacha Bharat Award by the President of India in 2019.
Promoting agro herder’s communities, focusing on organic agricultural productions, dairy and rural tourism based on nature and culture. Sikkim has also been a pioneer of the smriti van concept, aimed at developing memorial forests on degraded land through community participation. Similarly, Sikkim has done a lot in achieving certain SDG goals and will continue to do more in the coming days.
We are now looking at creating employment opportunities for educated youths in their respective areas. We are focused on creating markets and supply chains around traditional crafts; tourism based on culture, health and nature and promoting agricultural products under the “one village one product” concept.
Towards the end, I answered some of the queries of the esteemed panellists and invited them to visit Sikkim in the future.
I expressed my gratitude to the distinguished guest, Sister Jayanti Kirpalani Ji, European Director of Brahma Kumaris for her spiritual and informative insight on SDG. Further, I would also like to thank Shri Rishabh Sawansukha and Shri Mayank Sawhney for being wonderful hosts during the Summit and the panellists and experts for their valuable time and insights.
Overall, it was a very informative and comprehensive summit and I look forward to being a part of it in the future.