GANGTOK,: The Sustainable and Resilient Communities (SRC) Conclave of Civil 20 (C20), one of the official engagement groups of the G20, was inaugurated at Gangtok today. Over 200 Indian and international delegates including policy makers, academicians, and leaders of civil society organizations are participating in discussions and workshops at the two-day event.

The deliberations revolve around the global policies related to climate resilience and social justice, net-zero emission management, environment sustainability and compassion driven approaches. The participants would identify the gaps in these areas and brainstorm innovative solutions which will directly impact the policy recommendations to be launched at the C20 Summit in July 2023.The inaugural session had State Land Revenue & Disaster Management minister Kunga Nima Lepcha as the chief guest, Energy & Power minister M.N. Sherpa, High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda, Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda, C20 troika and steering committee member Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, C20 India working group coordinator Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, SRC working group coordinator Prof. Vinod Menon and State LR&DM secretary and relief commissioner Anil Raj Rai.

Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha, in his keynote address, said that sustainable and resilient communities, in essence, refers to communities that use its resources to meet current needs to achieve a balanced quality of life while ensuring that adequate resources are available for future generations. In this regard, the minister highlighted various measures undertaken by the State government to promote sustainable living, informs an IPR release.

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