Special Speech

2009 USEPA’s  Stratospheric Ozone Protection and Climate Protection Awards Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington DC, By Rajendra Shende, UNEP DTIE , 21 April 2009 Ms. Elizabeth Craig, award winners, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, My hearty congratulations to the award winners and my sincere appreciation to USEPA for admirable   organization of this evening’s momentous award ceremony in the landmark venue of Washington DC.  I consider it as immense privilege to address such a distinguished gathering and I thank the organizers for giving me this distinctive opportunity. What a day it was for me! In a single day, in Washington  today,  I met a Governor, a Senator, officials of EPA. NGO and Industry representatives and the action-enthusiasts who ‘just want to do it’. The spring is not only on the DC’s trees and around the Potomac river, I felt it in minds of the people. I smelled hope, I...
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An Opportunity to Change

International Workshop Global Trends in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Issues in Home Appliances By Rajendra Shende, UNEP DTIE, Paris Guangzhou, China 27-28 November 2008 It is pleasure to be here today with global gathering of friends, colleagues and experts from industries and governments for this workshop on Home Appliances. I would like to sincerely thank China Household Electrical Appliances Association (CHEAA) who has taken initiative in organizing this event. GTZ-Germany who is in fore front for promoting the environment friendly appliances is enthusiastic partner for this event and UNEP is indeed very happy to be working with both Chinese and German friends for making this timely event happen today. This event could not have occurred at more opportune time. The production and ownership of home appliances have grown at double digit rate over last decade in most of the merging economies .The world has  witnessing a dramatic change in all the...
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Speech delivered at Foreign Correspondents Club of China

Sealing the Hole and Sealing the Deal: Convenient opportunity To address Inconvenient truth. By Rajendra Shende, Head OzonAction, United nations Environment Programme, Paris 17th September 2009 By middle of December 2009, just about couple of months from now, when the Copenhagen climate summit would be over, the world would wake up to either of two dawning realisations i.e. the meaningful and adequate ‘deal is sealed’ to set humanity on the right track to address climate change or we have set the world on life threatening runaway wild fire. We are today uncertain on outcome. Just about fortnight from thence, on 1st January 2010, the world would wake up to a definite and certain reality i.e. a world without chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone depleting substances. On that day the production and consumption chemicals that harm the life supporting ozone layer would be assigned to the history books. Already more than 98 percent...
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