Having actively participated in the 10 days long process of High Level Political Forum for implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at UN Janak Palta McGilligan , Director of Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development and Global Advisor of Solar Cookers International , remained focused on pointing out all the Governments towards bottom-up approach , involving all strata of society, stakeholders in moving forward towards accomplishment of Sustainable Development Goals , including Solar Cooking technologies .
While responding to ´Transforming India”; Report on Sustainable Development Goals highlights by NITI AYOG on July17,2017 about India is distinguished for focus on Economic Growth with Social Outcome “she asked what are the indicators of Social Outcome because these are not visible “,regarding progress of implementation of SDG’s when they just presented a report of Andhra Pradesh, she asked if we do we have statewise data “ because the only activity we know that has been the Speakers conference for SAARC Countries ,in Indore at the Initiative of Hon’ble Lok Sabha Speaker,Mrs Sumitra Mahajan .
Based on my personal experience of being quite active on social media out of 3000 people only 4 responded and it shows people are not even aware of what SDG’s are .I recommend people should be involved at all levels”In response to their priority to implement SDG 5 i.e End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation” , I recommended that Solar cooking technologies and food technologies to empowerment of women .When they said the “ time for trickle down approach is over now we use “Pull up,” she emphasized on using bottom up approach” Link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTZF2MIDS54
.On July 18 she was specially invited to attend RIS-UNF Panel Discussion on “Implementing Agenda 2030: Role of Global Partnership” – Tuesday, July 18, 1was one of the invitees , about selected less than 20 persons including Dr Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, the Chairman of (RIS) Research and Information System for Developing Countries, chaired this meeting and remarks from: Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue,Mr. Jitendra Shankar Mathur, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, Mr. Manuel F. Montes, Senior Advisor on Finance and Development, South Centre in Geneva,Mr Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator for India,Ms. Minh Thu Pham, Executive Director for Policy, United Nations Foundation and Professor Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, (RIS) and she was invited as a representative of Civil Society when she mainly appreciated the “India’s implementation of Adhar Card and Swatch Bharat Abhiyan being remarkable in terms of making a difference, she drew their attention by sharing her ground level experience of living in a village for more than 6 years “that Panchayati Raj does not function ,Gram Sabha has never taken place in reality except 2-3 occasions each year by orders from the top administration/ Ministry. Just men come and sign the register ,SC/ST and women participation even as Members of Panchayat does not take place because of the existing and dominating social structural patterns .”She also drew attention about increasing numbers of farmers suicides ,caste and communal violence and vilence against women including cooking in smoke and Organic Farming. One day of communal violence can bring down the graph of development /growth.It is very important to involve youths ,local people, women and ensured to support the Govt all the work at grass-root level for successful implementation of SDG;s “Link to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTZF2MIDS54&t=70s
Same evening Janak Palta McGilligan was also invited to speak during the Official Dinner Speech by Ambassdor Hardeep Singh Puri to say few words on behalf of Indian Civil Society representing Solar Cookers International and in my thanks I just expressed my thanks for good food and added “ I wish every Indian and all the people in the world can have Solar Cooked Food.”
She also participated in the final session of India’s Voluntary National Review meeting for report on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on July19, 2017 that was presented by Dr Arvind Pangariya the Vice Chairman of Niti Ayog( Planning Commission of India ) Details of the report http://www.moneycontrol.com/…/end-poverty-everywhere-india- ( Photo 1 Janak with Dr Arvind Panagariya just after he came out after presenting the report ) .
Advocating inclusion of solar cooking in the policies of India was she addressed to Mr. Hafeez Rehman, Senior Director TERI Europe / Director VITO India. To Daniel Mejia, the Global Policy officer International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation BARC 2018 she recommended “use of bamboo for making Solar Dryers as one of the steps towards SDG” who was very positive about itat the Forum on Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC 2017) at the Belgium Mission to the UN. Among many meetings and interactions with Individuals and organizations, one of these was meeting with the Public- Private Alliance Foundation Executive Director David Stillman and Rose who were interested in promoting Solar Cookers in India and Neighbouring Countries .
Janak advocated the cooking fuel requirements of the population in an environmentally friendly manner, Government of India step of providing LPG is cleaner than many cooking sources like firewood, coal , kerosene and other smoky fuels but its not sustainable resource because its fossil fuel . Solar cookers use free, safe, no-emission solar energy. Solar cookers are a clean, sustainable cooking solution to Household air pollution (HAP) . Household air pollution is the fourth leading cause of death in least developed countries, causing more deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria, combined. More than 3 billion people cook over open fires and 12% of global air pollution is caused by cooking fires. According to the World Health Organization, more than 4 million people die prematurely each year due to household air pollution. For people who forage for fuel, drink contaminated water, and cook over open, smoky fires, cooking a meal is dangerous. In fact, it can be lethal. Ordinary use of one solar cooker for one year represents potential fuel savings of 1.1 tons of wood and 1.6 tons of CO2 emissions, preserving our habitats.
Janak firmly believes that SDG’s cannot be implemented without a United World , United India ,Justice ,Love and Peace ,Equality of men and women and all the people by having sustainable relationships among people ,animal kingdom, vegitation ,minerals ,and all the five elements . It was an honour and Opportunity to represent India at HLPF High Level Political Forum to meet all those with whom I learnt that we have to act and practice sustainable lifestyle ,individually and collectively but its a challenge of making sustainable Choices and think globally and act locally !! “