Two-day meet on climate change begins today

60 Vice-Chancellors from various universities will take part

SIVAGANGA: The two-day conference on “Climate change, energy, environment and global impact and the role of higher education institutions” organised by the Alagappa University, Karaikudi, in association with the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, will begin at Karaikudi on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters here, P. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, said 60 Vice-Chancellors from various universities of the country, particularly South Zone Universities, would participate in the conference.

They would discuss and disseminate the causes and effects of climatic change and remedies.

Effects to be driven home.

The Alagappa University was taking strenuous efforts to guide the public to take suitable steps themselves for managing the effects of the climate change.

The Vice-Chancellors’ Conference would pave the way to express the relationship between energy use, climate change and global warming.

He said that the Minister for Higher Education, K. Ponmudi, would inaugurate the conference and declare open science block constructed at a cost of Rs.30 crore.

The Controller of Examinations building, Department of English and Foreign Languages block and first floor of the guest house would also be inaugurated.

K.R. Periakaruppan, Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment, K. Ganesan, Higher Education Secretary, and others would participate.

The second leg of the mini-marathon torch run of Alagappa University on the eve of World Classical Tamil Conference, which started from Ramanathapuram, would also be flagged off by Mr. Ponmudy and Mr. Periakaruppan.

Beena Shah, Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities, and others took part in the press conference.


Global meet on transition to low-carbon industries set

WITH preparations for the first International Conference on Green Industry in Asia (ICGIA) to be held here next month already on high gear, DENR Secretary Lito Atienza expects the success of pursuing its theme, “Managing the transition to resource-efficient and low-carbon industries.”

The meet aims to promote and emphasize ecologically sound business practices. It also serves as a platform for industry leaders, economics experts, ecologists, and governments to exchange information and experiences.

The conference will highlight the adoption of a ministerial declaration and plan of action that will feature a mechanism for the regular review of progress towards the greening of industries in Asia.

“The efforts exerted by our government personnel to ensure the success of this landmark conference are truly noteworthy. With the private sector and the UN bodies, our personnel are one in the goal of encouraging our industries to adopt eco-friendly practices to help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to avert climate change,” said Atienza, who sits as chairman of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) for the event.

The event is being organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido), UN Environment Program (Unep), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Unescap) for September 9 to 11 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

At least 700 participants, including Asian government ministers, senior government officials, business leaders, top officials of the United Nations system, and other international and regional organizations, the Asean Secretariat, prominent experts, media, and civil-society representatives are expected.

“Climate change is one of the biggest problems we face today. The shift to a low-carbon economy will change how industries operate, the products we use and our lifestyles. Business and consumers can benefit from significant savings and resource efficiency measures,” said Atienza.

Government agencies organizing side events to support the conference goals are the DTI with its “Business Matching” Program, and the Department of Tourism (DOT) with its “Greening of Tourism” Program.

“Business Matching” aims to bridge the gap between small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in accessing resources toward greening. The technical resources that DTI provides are in synch with global standards for environmentally-sound business.

The DOT, which has intensified ecotourism, develops and promotes “green tours” which feature not just great views and panoramas but also offer information on how to conserve and protect these natural wonders. Green tourism programs are conducted with local government units.

Local and international policy-makers will speak on the strategies that companies and governments can use to ensure eco-friendly practices, with industry leaders from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce presenting the different ways domestic industries can cut down on resource usage and improve waste management.

Other NOC member-agencies include the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and the Office of the Executive Secretary.

Written by Jonathan Mayuga / Correspondent – Business Mirror