Dinner of Hope: US & India pledge to go hand in hand
Chief Guest HE Ms Melanne S. Verveer speaks at the Dinner of Hope
The third edition of the U.S.–India Energy Summit organized by Yale University and TERI began with a glittering ceremony in Washington D.C. - the ‘Dinner of Hope’ hosted by Ingersoll Rand.
Dinner of Hope, a curtain raiser to the Summit, was an attempt to help illuminate 1.4 billion lives who continue to live in darkness. The event opened with youth leaders Akshay Bery of Eton College, Anirudha Nahar of Urbana High School Interact Club Ijamsville, Maryland and Sameer Mehra of Brunswick High School share their inspiring stories with all those present. These young champions driven by the desire to brighten the lives of children like them but living without access to modern energy, led student groups in exemplary fundraising efforts.
The Chief Guest for the evening, HE Ms Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State emphasized on the important role that the United States and India have to play in order to unlock women's access to energy. She described the hardships faced by over 2.7 billion people across the world, chiefly women, in accessing clean water and energy. She said, “India is a natural leader in this field and the United States is proud to be associated with India”. She was hopeful that the ties between the two countries, across levels and sectors will continue to grow. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi towards the end of her address, she stated that we must be the change we want to see in the world.
Dr R K Pachauri, President, TERI-North America & Chairman, IPCC, referred to the Summit as a major defining activity that provides the two great democracies an opportunity to come together. He further expounded on how TERI’s flagship campaign Lighting a Billion Lives is transforming the lives of women and children in India and across the world. Lauding the efforts of the young, he stated that, "Imagination, innovation, and missionary spirit in the youth of today can bring about transformation" and this he referred to as the sole hope for a sustainable future. Thanking HE Ms Melanne Verveer for her gracious presence, he complimented the remarkable causes she has been championing and emphasized on the need of collective efforts to make the world a better place.
The session was moderated by Ms Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network who in talking about the impediments to the dissemination of clean energy technology once again reiterated the role of women that is so crucial in achieving the sustainability objectives.
The highlight of the evening was the enthusiastic participation of the audience; many of whom pledged their support to the LaBL Campaign