Iceland’s President, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, has decided to accept the offer of a seat in the India Council for Sustainable Development, which held its first meeting on Monday.
The council’s goal is to strengthen the Indian economic system without harming the environment with sustainable development as a priority. Morgunbladid reports.
Other members of the council are well-known international scientists, experts and researchers in the field of sustainable development, including Jeffery Sachs, the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, James Speth, professor at Yale University, and Björn Stigson, the president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Prominent Indian personalities also have a seat in the council, including Dr. R.K. Pachauri, the director of the technological and scientific institute TERI, Lalit Mansingh, the former Indian Ambassador in the US and the Indian MPs Suresh P. Prabhu and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
One of the first projects the India Council for Sustainable Development will work on is to find a solution to the problem of melting glaciers in the Himalayas which threatens the livelihood of hundreds of millions of Indians, as glacial water floods the country’s main rivers.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has been attending a conference on sustainable development in Delhi since Sunday as an honorary guest.
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