Lord Mayor of Freiburg hosts official reception for Sikkim CM

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling with Lord Mayor Dr. Dieter Salomon, officials and other OWA winners.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

We are now under the pursuit of making Sikkim carbon-neutral: CM

GANGTOK: On reaching Freiburg town of Germany, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was warmly welcomed with Lord Mayor of Freiburg Dr. Dieter Salomon hosting an official reception for the Chief Minister at the City Hall there. Lord Mayor was joined by former minister, principal of United World College, staff of the Municipality, students and local gentry, informs an official release.
At the outset, the Lord Mayor congratulated the Chief Minister for being adjudged as the winner of the OWA Grand Prix award and being decorated with the OWA Laureate honour. He complimented the Chief Minister for his achievement and said, “What you did is incredible…now the whole world knows you as you have been awarded with this OWA honour,” he said.
The Chief Minister, addressing the august gathering, said: “It is indeed an honour to be a part of this esteemed gathering and to celebrate the work of advocates and scholars for a cleaner world from across the globe. It is an added privilege that we gather in the green city of Freiburg from which we have a lot to learn about sustainability”.
He further said: “I stand before you representing Sikkim which is a State in the great Himalayan belt of India. In Sikkim, we share a special bond with Mother Nature, for our land, our people and cultural practices are closely linked with the natural environment. It is this closeness with nature that has also inspired us in our green measures to preserve and protect the environment.”
The Chief Minister highlighted the results of the green measures taken by the Sikkim government. “After being declared the first Organic State of India in 2016, we have been encouraged to take on more challenges. We are now under the pursuit of making our State carbon-neutral,” he said.
The Chief Minister thanked Lord Mayor for the official reception and said he looks forward to learning from the initiatives that have made Freiburg an exemplary ‘Green City’.