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New Delhi: “This is a huge responsibility and challenge because we have to achieve this while preserving the environment,” the President said of ‘Open Innovation’. President Mukherjee was receiving the Garwood Award for ‘Outstanding Global Leader in Open Innovation’ from UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business.

India needs to balance its growing energy needs to sustain a growth rate of over 8 percent in the next two decades with the preservation of the environment, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Thursday.

The nation is home to 17 percent of the world’s population and uses only five percent of the world’s electricity.

Mukherjee also said that open innovation was “most essential” for government entities which are tasked to serve the citizens.

“Innovation is a critical driver of growth and development. Open innovation takes innovation to the next level and creates a new eco-system of access and equal opportunities for all,” the President said.

Mukherjee also thanked Governor Jerry Brown of the US state of California and his senate for acknowledging his efforts in open innovation.

“Open innovation is a way to future as it captures knowledge flow from all sources, both internal and external in an organisation,” the President added.

Recent climate change summit in Paris was a big step for environmental issue where all the nations tried to resolve their differences and vowed to work for preserving the environment. (IANS)

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Former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks during a meeting at Associated Press headquarters, in New York, May 8, 2017.
Former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks during a meeting at Associated Press headquarters, in New York, May 8, 2017. VOA

Women must be at the heart of climate action if the world is to limit the deadly impact of disasters such as floods, former Irish president and U.N. rights commissioner Mary Robinson said on Monday.

Robinson, also a former U.N. climate envoy, said women were most adversely affected by disasters and yet are rarely “put front and center” of efforts to protect the most vulnerable.

“Climate change is a man-made problem and must have a feminist solution,” she said at a meeting of climate experts at London’s Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship.

“Feminism doesn’t mean excluding men, it’s about being more inclusive of women and – in this case – acknowledging the role they can play in tackling climate change.”

Research has shown that women’s vulnerabilities are exposed during the chaos of cyclones, earthquakes and floods, according to the British think-tank Overseas Development Institute.

In many developing countries, for example, women are involved in food production, but are not allowed to manage the cash earned by selling their crops, said Robinson.

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The lack of access to financial resources can hamper their ability to cope with extreme weather, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of the event.

“Women all over the world are … on the front lines of the fall-out from climate change and therefore on the forefront of climate action,” said Natalie Samarasinghe, executive director of Britain’s United Nations Association.

“What we — the international community — need to do is talk to them, learn from them and support them in scaling up what they know works best in their communities,” she said at the meeting.

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Robinson served as Irish president from 1990-1997 before taking over as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and now leads a foundation devoted to climate justice. (VOA)