Over 600 delegates expected at Sustainable Development forum

Among Indian delegates, Anuj Mehra, Managing Director, Mahindra Rural Housing Finance, will address the conference on 'End Poverty'

By: PTI | Singapore | Published: November 15, 2016 9:04 am
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Over 600 delegates, including those from India, are expected to take part in a business forum on sustainable development to be held here next week, officials said Tuesday.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives, will welcome business and sustainability leaders, senior government officials, UN agencies, NGOs from across the globe for the Responsible Business Forum (RBF), which will have a series of conferences and workshops to be held from November 22 to 24.

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Among Indian delegates, Anuj Mehra, Managing Director, Mahindra Rural Housing Finance, will address the conference on “End Poverty”, organisers said. “With 2016 as yet another hottest year on record, it is now urgent to innovate, scale up and increase efficiency to achieve the SDG’s,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia-Pacific.

“As we engage the business community here at RBF to break new ground on their existing sustainability commitments, we need to ‘walk the talk’ ourselves in running the event. We also want to get everyone thinking about how much each single plastic cup, plane ride, conference badge actually impacts the earth,” explains Tony Gourlay, CEO, Responsible Business Forum, Global Initiatives.

Key impact issues that RBF faces include carbon emissions created by the high volume of international flights to Singapore for delegates, food waste, stage set production waste, delegates communication materials, catering as well as a high-energy demand for the event, they said.

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  1. Andy Kadir-Buxton
    Nov 15, 2016 at 6:05 am
    For those keen on agriculture I would like to draw your attention to 'Crow's Footing,' which is a way of planting seeds that was told to me by my gfather, Stanley Buxton. Instead of planting seeds in a set distance between rows we can use equilateral triangles to plant the seeds. The rows are closer together but the seed rows are planted out of sync with the rows on either side. In this way he found it possible to increase food production by 15% on his market garden. This is an interesting statistic for those with 'green fingers' and I have been campaigning to have it used in the Third World for many years. Not only can the amount of 'cash crops' be increased, but more importantly, so can subsistence crops, which are much more important.