The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Mar 25 2017 conducted the WORLD CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT at the country’s capital, New Delhi. The two day conference concluded with a high note in urging the importance for the sustainable development balancing which is the need to protect the environment. The conference was inaugurated by the President of India, Shri PRANAB MUKHERJEE
This is the 3rd World conference on Environment while the 1st conference took place long back at United Nations in 1949 and 2nd conference at Portugal in 2014.
Need for the conference
As per the recent study, environmental factors are responsible for an estimated 24% of the global burden of disease in terms of healthy life years lost and 23 % of all deaths.
- Children are the worst sufferers of the adverse impact of environmental diseases. 24% of all deaths under the age of 15 are due to diarrhea, malaria and respiratory diseases all of which are environment related.
- 19% of the deaths caused by Cancer worldwide are attributed to carcinogens that hazardous industrialization produces.
- As the environment plays a major role in the health and welfare of the people, the countries around the world came to know about the importance of environment and they have started to take this problem as a serious issue and urging the government bodies to find a solution for these problems.
J.S. KHEHAR, the Chief Justice of India said that the sanction of license for all the industries in India must be based on the strict rules and regulations that the wastes that are let out from these industries should not affect the environmental conditions which in turn affect the human life.
The President of India asked 4 questions to the experts. They are
- To what extent can we allow environmental degradation,
- What are we going to leave behind for future generation,
- What steps can be taken to curb the perils of environmental degradation and
- Can we completely squander the assets received from forefathers without leaving anything for our future generations?
These questions are needed to be answered effectively, for the welfare of the environment.
About National Green Tribunal (NGT)
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been established on 18.10.2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 headquartered at New Delhi
- The main function of NGT is to dispose cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources
- All the cases recorded under NGT must be solved within 6 months period as per the order of government.