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NCU School of Law part of organizing committee of World Conference on Environment 2017

The National Green Tribunal, the highest Court of Environment in India, along with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Asian Development Bank and Delhi Pollution Control Committee organized the 'World Conference on Environment-2017' in New Delhi from 25-26 March 2017. 30 students from NCU’s School of Law were part of the organizing committee and got an opportunity to work with members of the NGT and also a chance to interact with eminent speakers from the State Ministry, Judicial Authorities, Chief Justices of various nations and other international delegates. The conference was attended by Parliamentarians, Chief Justices, Judges, Environmentalists, Scientists, Lawyers, Academicians, executives in the field of environment, students and other international and national delegates from across the globe.

The conference was staggered over 10 Technical Sessions, each chaired by a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. The faculty and students from School of Law were nominated in the Rapporteur team for various Technical sessions and for formulating the final report of the conference.

The conference was inaugurated by The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Speaking at the occasion, the President welcomed the fact that conservation has now become inclusive and participatory. He highlighted the fact that children are the worst sufferers of environmental degradation. He expressed happiness that over the past decade, consciousness about environmental concerns has grown and also resulted in action on part of governments throughout the world. It was this consciousness that got reflected in the Paris Agreement under the aegis of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stressed that India was at a critical juncture, awaiting growth in various sectors. “We still have a challenge of pulling out 25-30% of our population from below poverty line. Massive urbanization is still to take place, India yet to see more highways, more rural roads, more airports.”

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi went a step further to propose that the coastal zone regulation (CRZ), which restricts any development within 500 metres of the coast, be ‘debunked’ as tourists were abandoning India for other Southeast Asian countries, and it was time for the Government, judiciary and others to sit together and audit if the CRZ regulation was of any good.

“It Is About Humanity, Not A Contest”, Hon’ble Mr Justice JS Khehar, the Chief Justice of India retorted to this in his speech, saying environment is not a matter of competition.