New Delhi: Jairam Ramesh, environment and forests minister, will be a member of a high level panel under the United Nations, on global sustainability. The invitation was extended by Ban Ki Moon, secretary general of the UN to Ramesh. The panel will be co-chaired by Tarja Halonen, president of Finland and Jacob Zuma, president, South Africa. The panel will have 19 other members, including Ramesh, from over the world.
The panel will have a special focus on climate change as a sustainable development challenge, addressing its economic, social and environmental aspects.
The panel’s main agenda will be to answer questions such as how to get to a low-carbon/green economy, how to build resilient economies, how to eradicate poverty and how to achieve sustainable modes of consumption and production. The panel will publish a report on its analysis and recommendations by December, 2011.