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3R Conference highlights sustainable development

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle should be the mantra for healthy societies

The Eighth  Regional  3R  Forum  in  Asia  and  the  Pacific began in Indore on April 9 and continued till April 12. The overall theme of the event was achieving  Clean  Water,  Clean  Land  and Clean  Air  through  3R  and  Resource  Efficiency  –  A  21st  Century  Vision  for Asia-Pacific  Communities”.

With more than 500 delegates from across India and the world, the Eighth  Regional  3R  Forum saw participation of around 40 mayors of cities around the world and mayors of more than 100 cities across India. The highlight of the event was a series of sessions with mayors focusing on sustainable urban development and forging of inter-municipal partnerships and cooperation at the national and international level. The signing and subsequent adoption of the ‘Indore 3R Declaration on Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air’ in cities by mayors and city authorities was the major expected outcome of the event. Sh. Tadahiko Ito, State Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, was also present.

Apart from a series of plenary sessions spread over three days, the Forum hosted the International 3R Exhibition and various technical cum cultural field visits for its delegates. The Forum also recognised and rewarded industries and civil society organisations carrying out exceptional work in the area of 3R for waste management through the 3R Awards.

The 3R FORUM aimed  to  address  how  3R  and  resource efficiency  measures  can  provide  complementary  benefits  in  making  cities and  countries  clean,  smart,  liveable  and  resilient.  The  Forum  also  aimed  to generate  policy-level,  institutional  level  and  technological  insights  towards effective  implementation  of  3R  and  resource  efficiency  to  foster  circular economic  development,  sustainable  change  in  current  use  of  natural resources  and  ultimately  achieve  a  zero  waste  society.

The  Forum sought  to  engage  the  public  and  private  sector  to  explore  various  partnership opportunities  in  areas  of  3R  and  waste  management  for  moving  towards  a zero  waste  society.  

The  Forum  further  provided  an  opportunity  to  establish insightful  linkages  between  the  principles  of  3R  and  resource  efficiency  and the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission). Through this Forum, India aimed to strengthen this focus through its ‘Mission Zero Waste’ approach thereby encouraging cities, industries and other diverse stakeholders to see look at waste as a resource.

The Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific was hosted by the Ministry of  Housing  and  Urban  Affairs,  Government  of  India,  and  co-organised  by the  Ministry  of  the  Environment,  Government  of  Japan,  and  the  United Nations  Centre  for  Regional  Development  of  the  Division  for  Sustainable Development /United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The  Indore  Municipal  Corporation,  Government  of  Madhya  Pradesh,  and Confederation  of  Indian  Industry  (CII) had been  designated  as  the  City Partner,  Organizing  State  Partner  and  Industry  Partner  respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The mantra of 3R—Reduce, Reuse and Recycle—is at the heart of any vision towards the sustainable development of mankind. All stakeholders—producers, consumers and the State alike must adhere to this golden principle which can contribute significantly in solving the twin challenges of waste management as well as the sustainable development”.

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