UNITED NATIONS, OCT 16: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan State for setting an example to the world by becoming first totally organic State.
Accepting the award at the FAO headquarters in Rome on Monday, Chamling extended an invitation to the world, saying: "Let us build an organic world together."
"An organic world is definitely achievable. 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," he said.
Nicknamed the "Oscar for best policies", the award is co-organised with the FAO by The World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM - Organics International, and recognises "the world's best laws and policies promoting agroecology". - IANS