New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was conferred the Lifetime Achievement for Peace by the United Nations affiliated International Association of Educators of World Peace (IAEWP) at a glittering function at the India International Centre.
Tuki also received the the "Green State of the Year Award" on behalf of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh conferred by the International Body Clean Up The Earth (CUTE) on late Wednesday evening.
In his acceptance address, Tuki dedicated both the awards to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
While highlighting the unique history of peaceful co-existence of the people of the state, Tuki said that Arunachal has an enviable record of the most peaceful state of the North Eastern Region of the country and the award was an appropriate recognition to the principle of peace and amity embraced by the people of the region.
He said that during his political life till date, he always held that social work can only be meaningful if done in a peaceful way. He emphasized the efforts of the GoAP to make the state a green economy by adopting green means to enhance the development landscape of the state.
"I have already initiated steps to further this greenery from existing 82% to 90% in years to come. I credit the 'Green State of the Year Award' to my 14 lakh people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly those living in the rural areas that have preserved the rich forest and environment from time immemorial.
"You all would appreciate the contribution of my state in mitigating the disastrous effects of climate change and global warming. I assure the august gathering that my state will do its best in controlling pollution besides doing its utmost in the area of climate change management by maintaining the forest cover desired to maintain the appropriate climate for survival of the human mankind as I mentioned earlier," Tuki said.
Namibia Ambassador Dr. Samuel K Mbambo congratulated Tuki, saying that Arunachal Pradesh can become a model of greenery to the entire world.
Mbambo appreciated state's tourism model and said that different forms of eco-friendly tourism will usher the state to prosperity in 21st century.
Fiji Ambassador Yogesh Karan stressed that a leader like Nabam Tuki, who has risen from the grassroots, deserves accolades for steering the state forward towards progress in an exemplary manner.
Planet Earth CEO Gregory Berglund said that Arunachal will be one of the leading places of the world to mitigate climate change in a considerable manner.
Former UNESCO director and Mauritius Education Minister Parasuraman Arumugam said that new leaders with a proper vision and energy like Tuki stand as an inspiration to a young India which will write the country's destiny in the future.
Bosnia and Herzegovin Ambassador Sead Avdic, education attach� of the government of Indonesia Son Kuswadi and other dignitaries while congratulating Tuki also praised his efforts and wished him success in all spheres. (ANI)