UN Recognizes Maharashtra Professor's Work in Naming World Environment Council for Sustainable Development" From Solapur to the World: Professor's Environmental Advocacy Leads to UN Recognition


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) has recently approved and selected the World Environment Council (WEC) as a key stakeholder in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Indians can take pride in the inspiring efforts of Professor Ganesh Channa, hailing from Solapur, Maharashtra. As the Founder and President of the World Environment Council, Prof. Channa has devoted the past five years to spearheading critical initiatives focused on environmental protection, tree plantation, and tackling the pressing challenges of climate change.

The agenda is a comprehensive plan for advancing people, the planet, and prosperity, while strengthening global peace and freedom. It recognizes the urgent need to eradicate poverty in all forms and dimensions, and emphasizes the critical importance of collaborative partnership among all countries and stakeholders. It aims to liberate humanity from poverty and environmental degradation, and to steer the world towards a sustainable and resilient future. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets outlined in this Agenda reflect its ambitious scope and universal aspirations, with a commitment to leaving no one behind. They aim to leverage the necessary resources to implement the agenda through a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, based on stronger solidarity and focused on the needs of the most vulnerable, with the participation of all stakeholders. 

WEC, through its ambitious ‘The Environment Protection Bank campaign’ aims to play a key role in achieving the Agenda's objectives, which, if fulfilled, will profoundly improve the lives of everyone and transform the world for the better. The campaign will provide students and teachers with opportunities to learn about the pressing environmental issues facing our world and to engage in meaningful activities that can make a difference. Through this campaign, individuals will be encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and promote sustainable lifestyles. In addition to raising awareness about environmental concerns, the campaign will also foster a sense of community and encourage individuals to work together to protect our planet. 

The campaign is currently implementing programs which are designed to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in several ways, including addressing interlinkages between different goals. Like, increasing awareness and education can contribute to the achievement of multiple goals, such as SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), by promoting knowledge-sharing, capacity-building, and stakeholder engagement. 

World Environment Council is actively involved in imparting environmental education through various activities and campaigns in schools and colleges. Educational institutions can invite the Council to provide environmental education to future generations, emphasizing the importance of protecting our planet and promoting sustainable practices. By taking action on multiple fronts, the campaign envisions to creating a more sustainable and resilient future for all.

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