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The Global Shapers, Chandigarh hub hosted an intellectual session “Shaping Devos” on the theme”Shaping Sustainability” at the Indian School of Business, Mohali on Friday, 15th January 2015.

Featuring local level solutions to global issues through a series of live events hosted by the Global Shapers Community, the discussion “Shaping Devos” connected 20 cities from around the world to discuss five topics related to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in  Devos-Klosters.

The Panelists at the Conference included Ms. Sarika Panda, Cities and Transport  Manager, WRI India. She is also the woman behind the Raahgiri Day and Car Free Day Movement in Delhi NCR, which is India’s first sustained development initiative towards use of alternative modes of transport.

Other panelists were Mr. Jyoti Kamal, Senior Editor at CNN IBN; Dr. Devinder Sharma, a distinguished Food and Trade Policy Analyst; Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and Mr. Ishteyaque Amjad, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communication at Coca-Cola.

The Conference which attracted 150 participants from colleges across the tricity saw the concern over various shades of issue under consideration.

Mr. Devinder Sharma highlighted the concerns related to hunger by answering, “The world this year produced food for 14 billion people with 60 million tonnes surplus food in India every year. Distribution is the problem, not the production.”

At the same time, Dr. Arunabha referred to the new form of poverty by 2030 and said “We need to grow crops with less water. People don’t understand SDGs but they definitely understand their household expenses.”

On the same note, Mr. Amjad emphasized on the importance of walking the talk.”Unless sustainability gets into our behavior, things wont change”, he said.

The discussion ended with a question-answer session and it truly was a step forward to solving issues that might just destroy the environment, if not timely dealt with.

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