Alcan Prize for Sustainability awarded to Indian organisation

January 17th, 2008 - 12:05 am ICT by admin  

Montreal, Jan 16 (ANI): The Alcan Prize for Sustainability for 2007 has been awarded to the India-based Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation.

“We congratulate Dr. Dina Nath Tewari, his staff, and their networks on receiving the 2007 Prize,” said Rio Tinto Alcan’s Corey Copeland, Senior Vice President Communications and External Relations.

“Utthan has made remarkable strides on behalf of disadvantaged communities in India, and we’re delighted to think that the Alcan Prize might further advance the fine work this organization does.”

Founded in 1996, the Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation operates in surface soil-mined areas around cities, degraded forestlands, dry lands, and wastelands. Its projects cover distressed migration areas; backward and inaccessible areas with disadvantaged communities and poor communication; and areas with deficits in food, nutrition, and health support. These include 10 districts in Uttar Pradesh, two districts in Chhattisgarh, and four districts in Madhya Pradesh.

Adrian Hodges, Managing Director of the International Business
Leaders Forum (IBLF), said, The Alcan Prize for Sustainability has been in place for four years and has importantly raised the profile of pioneering NGOs like Utthan.

People working in organizations like Utthan deserve to be recognised for their efforts in helping make the world a better place, he added.

This funding and recognition is very significant for us, said Tewari, President of the Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation.

The money (one million dollars) associated with the Alcan Prize will allow us to do so much more for disadvantaged communities, he added.

The Alcan Prize for Sustainability was introduced to recognize and reward significant contributions to the goal of economic, environmental, and social sustainability by NGOs, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations around the world. (ANI)

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