Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 19
The two-day United Nation Academic Impact (UNAI) Global Conference on “Opportunities and Strategies for Collaborative Higher Education Impact in Emerging Economies” concluded at Chandigarh University here today.
The conference was attended by ambassadors from seven countries, including academics, research scholars and students to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of United National Academic Impact (UNAI).
The chief guest of the event, High Commissioner of Ghana, Michael ANN Oquuaye Esq, said: “Wrong decisions regarding air and water are endangering the future of our children. So, the younger generation, through academic learning, has to understand the challenges they may be facing in future. Countries have to join hands and stand on a common platform to solve each other’s problems with the help of technology”.
Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari, Chairman, Punjab Human Rights Commission, said: “The aim of the modern-day education is to train and sensitise students about the socio-economic challenges.”
Anup K Mudgal, former Indian High Commissioner to Mauritius, stated that the conference has set an agenda for the universities and institutions around the world to indulge in social research and innovation so that our planet could be saved.
Mohammad Halem Khan (IAS), former secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, said: “World has already become a global village where one nation is interdependent on the policies of others — if oil producing countries announce a cut in oil production, then there will be a sudden hike in petrol and diesel prices in India which will affect our economy.”
‘Please give us fresh air’
- “I urge the Prime Minister of India and other Members of Parliament to enact a law on climate change so that children like me can breathe in fresh air and live a healthy life,” said the youngest environment activist, Licypriya Kangujam.
- Manipur-based Licypriya has been awarded with World Children Peace Prize, The India Peace Prize and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Childern’s Award for her work to combat climate change and disaster risk reduction.
- Talking about the air pollution in Delhi-NCR, she said: “I am unable to see many species of animals and plants because my previous generations did not take enough steps to safeguard the environment. Young children have to breathe in polluted air and drink dirty water and through my movement, I urge the government to take necessary steps and stop the blame game.”
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