Acceptance Speech of Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at FAO headquarters in Rome where Sikkim was given Future Policy Award (Gold) on October 15, 2018 for being a 100% organic state.
You all know that Sikkim is the first organic state in India and the world. We made this possible through our strong political will, dedication and hard work.
Oct 16, 2018
It is a great honour for me to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the people of Sikkim. I am extremely thankful to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Future Council and IFOAM Organics International for selecting Sikkim for the Future Policy Gold Award, 2018. I dedicate this award to the great people of Sikkim, and my Country, India.
On this special occasion, I would like to share a message with you today. You all know that Sikkim is the first organic state in India and the world. We made this possible through our strong political will, dedication and hard work. It was also possible because the organic mission was completely led by the government. We passed a resolution in the legislative assembly and took up the mission in 2003. To change the world into a fully organic world, the governments across the globe should lead the organic revolution. And if we work together, an organic world is definitely possible.
I also appeal to the world community that we do not carry out any kind of development work and business at the cost of the environment.
I would also like to extend my congratulations to my co-winners this evening from Brazil, Denmark, Quito, TEEBAgriFood, Los Angeles, Senegal and Philippines for your service to humanity. Thank you once again for recognizing the work we have done in Sikkim. Let us build an organic world together.
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