It was an honour and a privilege to receive the prestigious Future Policy Gold Award at the United Nations FAO Headquarter in Rome, Italy on 15th October,2018.
Congratulating me for making Sikkim the first Organic State of the world, Ms. Maria Helena Semedo Deputy Director- General of the United Nations graciously complimented me for the leadership, political will and commitment.In her address, she
said “I am very proud to announce this year’s Future Policy Award goes to Sikkim State Policy on Organic Farming and Sikkim Organic Mission. Under Sikkim’s Chief Minister His Excellency Pawan Chamling, Sikkim has become the world’s First Organic State. This transition has benefitted over 66,000 family farmers reaching beyond just organic production to include economic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, rural development and sustainable tourism.”
During my Acceptance Speech,
I thanked the United Nations, the World Future Council and IFOAM Organics International for selecting Sikkim for
the Future Policy Gold Award, 2018 and dedicated this award to the great people of Sikkim, and the Country.
I assured the world community and different organizations that 100 percent organic world is not just a pipe dream but could be actually achieved through collective efforts by one and all. I stated that Sikkim made it possible through strong political will, dedication and hard work. It was also possible because the organic mission was completely led by the government by passing 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 appealed to the world community that we do not carry out any kind of development work and business at the cost of the environment.
In conclusion , I extended my congratulations to the co-winners from Brazil, Denmark, Quito,
TEEBAgriFood, Los Angeles, Senegal and the Philippines for their service to humanity. Thanking the world institutions once again for recognizing the work in Sikkim, I called upon all people to come and work to build an organic world together.
The Award function was attended by Her Excellency, Ambassador of India in Italy, Ms. Reenat Sandhu, Minister Shri SN Poudyal, Lok Sabha Member Shri PD Rai and other