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22 Apr, 2020

Learnings from Covid-19 for Climate Change and other Global Environmental & Health Challenges

Faculty of GL Bajaj Institute of Management & Research, Greater Noida attended an online webinar of UN GCNI's First Virtual Knowledge Sharing Session - Learnings from Covid-19 for Climate Change and other Global Environmental & Health Challenges on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 under the visionary guidance of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Director, GLBIMR.

The session was moderated by Dr. Mukund Rajan, Chairman, ECube Investment Advisors and the panelists were Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran, Chairman, Oxfam India and Dr. Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University.

The session started with the welcome address by Brig. Rajiv Williams. During the session, Dr. Mukund Rajan discussed with Dr. Pankaj Gupta various issues like future global challenges regarding unstable economy, supply chain dependencies, emphasizing digital technology & areas where public health needs improvement. Dr. Pankaj Gupta shared his research & presented figures on declining Indian Net GDP during this pandemic. He talked about precautionary measures like washing hands, using masks & praised Indian government for its initiatives like Aarogya Setu App. Before concluding, he also discussed about pharmaceutical growth in India, entire value chain of telecom and healthcare industry, engagement of companies like Mahindra in ventilator production and impact of this pandemic on small scale industries.

Dr. Mukund Rajan then continued the session with Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran and asked his views on migration of labor, changing lifestyles, changing work practices & digitization. Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran expressed his concern towards environmental destruction, behavioral changes & abandoned migrants. He stressed upon following the framework provided by global institutions for climate change & global warming. He also highlighted on putting the world's resources together for making vaccines.

Finally, the session was concluded by Brig. Rajiv Williams. Overall, it was a highly insightful session.