With 156 speakers and delegates, the 2nd Annual XSoS Sustainability Summit 2016 was inaugurated on 12th August, 2016, at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. His Excellency Dr. S. C. Jamir, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, inaugurated the summit and presided over the event as the Chief Guest. The other distinguished personalities who graced the occasion were Shri. Upendra Tripathy, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, Mr. Anup Sahay, Chief, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Tata Steel, Mr. P S Narayan, VP & Head, Sustainability, WIPRO and Ms. YumiBae, Chief, Field Office, UNICEF, Bhubaneswar.
International visitors from USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar and Dubai participated in the Summit. Representatives from leading corporates, Government and Non-Government Organisations like UNGCI, GRI, & UNICEF also participated.
One of the highlights of the summit was the ” Seeds of Hope” Exhibition. Through its use of the powerful visual medium, the ‘Seeds of Hope’ exhibition – consists of a visual documentary on the importance of “Learn, Reflect and Empower”. The initiative comprises of an exhibition of 24 panels, each professing 24 ideals that inspire and proliferate sustainable living and sustainable development practices.
In her address to the students, Ms Vandana Jain, Head of Educators Division, Bharat Soka Gakkai expressed her hope that the exhibition touched chords with the enthusiastic students’ community. She appealed to the students to take the message forward, since the youth are the ones with the power to bring about much needed change in societal trajectories.
Vice Chancellor XUB & Director XIMB Prof. Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes stressed on the importance of addressing ecological and sustainability concerns necessary for people to live extraordinary lives” Dean XSoS, Prof S Peppin said “We are humbled by the overwhelming response to this Summit and for development to be truly sustainable, we need a different global order that promotes peace and equitable consumption of energy and natural resources”.