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Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India and
Chairman, Institute Of Directors

Dear Friends,

I have pleasure in inviting you to the 19 World Congress on Environment Management being organized on 7-8 July, 2017, in Novotel Hotel, Hyderabad, with the Theme: “Managing Environment and Climate Change – Transitioning to Sustainable Economy”.

Two significant events that impact the future course of global development have taken place during 2015. The first was issue of the UN 'Sustainable Development Goals' and the 'Agenda 2030', and the second was the Paris Climate Change Agreement (COP 21). The Agreement got it's ratification on 22 April 2016 in New York. India played an important role in both these agreements, and is committed to its own targets. A major element in these agreements is the role of business and industry, as partners.

th 20 century was marked by both, the recognition and creation of a host of st environmental problems, and the 21 Century now bears the burden of resolving these problems, and preventing the emergence of more. Disaster management failed, showing grapping holes and shoddy relief and rescue, in the 2013's Himalayan Tsunami, and later Chennai floods, and a spate of earthquakes that shook Nepal, killing over 8000.

Green is the most bandied word today. Going green has assumed a whole new meaning, with corporate adopting green economy and using social media, to reach out to their consumers. It would be essential, to consider options to make growth more inclusive and sustainable - in other words, a green economy. Putting a value on the environmental degradation and human and social impacts of growth, allows for a better picture of the tradeoffs involved.

The conservation of nature and protection of our environment is a collective task, involving citizens and government, the corporate sector and all other stake-holders in our complex and diverse society. Today, we face unprecedented environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and resource scarcity. Smart marketers are focused not only on whether consumers view their message, but to what extent they engage with it.

Environment governance and sustainability threats cannot be viewed in isolation, but as opportunities and a huge source of innovation. IOD looks forward to welcome your participation in this search for collective market oriented solutions.


M. N. Venkatachaliah

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