Mumbai: Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj Kapil Patil on Monday (May 23), said the impact of degrading biodiversity and environment are becoming increasingly apparent globally. Speaking at the G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the union minister said it is imperative for G20 countries to collectively address the interrelated matters of climate change and biodiversity loss through joint international efforts.
भारताच्या G 20 अध्यक्षतेखालील पर्यावरण आणि हवामान शाश्वतता कार्य गटाच्या मुंबईतील तिसऱ्या बैठकीचे उद्घाटन माझ्या हस्ते झाले. भारताचे G 20 अध्यक्षपद सर्व समावेशक, निर्णायक आणि कृती केंद्रित होण्यासाठी पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदीजींच्या नेतृत्वाखाली केंद्र सरकार वचनबद्ध आहे. pic.twitter.com/BWaoZGfmC0
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On the importance of involving rural communities in protecting the environment, Patil said,
To attain sustainable development, it is crucial that we focus not only on the urban centres but also on the well-being and progress of our rural communities.
Environment Secretary Leena Nandan asked the G20 countries for their continued participation to ensure inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive outcomes as the Working Group moves closer towards the last leg of the proceedings under the India Presidency, an official release said.
Talking to reporters later, Ms. Nandan said,
The ECSWG is committed to facilitating tangible outcomes that will build a good foundation before the baton is passed on to the next Presidency. The discussions held during the ECSWG meetings are expected to contribute to the G20 Leader’s Summit to be held later this year, she said.
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