Chairman Himadrish Suwan meets H.E Erik Solheim, the Sixth Chief of UN Environment, Under-Secretary-General of UN and former Minister of Environment & International Development of Norway

On May 11, 2021, the Chairman of the Confederation of Young Leaders (CYL) and the Director of the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership (IIGL) Mr. Himadrish Suwan met with H.E Mr. Erik Solheim, the Sixth Chief of United Nations Environment (UNEP) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. The two sides exchanged views on cooperation in the environmental protection field, especially amongst the youth. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Solheim served as Norway’s Minister for International Development and the Minister for Environment.

Chairman Suwan began by extending a welcome on behalf of his institutions and spoke highly of Mr. Solheim. Mr. Solheim has, since he took the helm of UNEP, applauded India’s ecological conservation concepts and environmental protection achievements on multiple occasions, and spoke highly of India’s contributions to global environmental governance.

Mr. Solheim took the meeting to the microblogging platform, Twitter and wrote “India is such a dynamic nation with a huge young population. I just had a great conversation with Indian youth leader Suwan Himadrish on how we can mobilize the new generation of Indians in the good struggle to protect Mother Earth. Thank you @shimadrish.”

On the other hand, Mr. Suwan, tweeted “Good to meet Esteemed H.E Mr. Erik Solheim, the Sixth Chief of UN Environment @UNEP and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior to joining UN, Mr. Solheim served as Norway’s Minister for International Development and the Minister for Environment”.

“Appreciate his immense and unparalleled contribution to the export-import of educational know-how in embracing and adopting nature-based solutions, especially amongst the youth. We agreed to solidify our cooperation at large towards a green shared future.”

On behalf of the Board of Governors, Chairman Suwan, extended a cordial invitation to Mr. Solheim to the Distinguished Board of Advisors and expressed a hope that he would be able to receive Mr. Solheim in India at the earliest in the near future once the situation stabilizes. The two agreed to remain in regular touch and continue cooperation.

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