Chennai, August 07, 2019: The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary today at MSSRF premises in Chennai. The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami and the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru O Panneerselvam presided and inaugurated the International Conference on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals and Strengthening Science for Climate Resilience.
The Chairperson of MSSRF Dr Madhura Swaminathan delivered the welcome address and in her speech she pointed out that MSSRF is focusing on researches pertaining to adaptation to climate change as it’s a global issue. Dr N Anil Kumar, the Executive Director of MSSRF while presenting the annual report marked on Prof Swaminathan’s emphasis on sustainable development from the early years, beginning from the Varanasi Science Congress in 1968, whereas, only now the importance of sustainable development is focused widely through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr N Ram, the Chairperson of Kasturi and Sons delivered the felicitation address, recalled and thanked the Tamil Nadu Government and the former Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu Dr M Karunanidhi and Dr J Jayalalitha for leasing out the land for the Foundation before 30 years. He then requested the current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami to extend the lease period. Mr N Ram also spoke about achieving sustainable development goals through modern science.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu gave the special address and released 30-Years’ MSSRF Innovation and Impact Report. During his speech he congratulated Prof MS Swaminathan and MSSRF for the agricultural research work that the Foundation is doing and stated that a state’s development majorly relies on agriculture. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu delivered the inaugural address and released the 2018-2019 MSSRF Annual Report and Policy Influence Report. In the inaugural address, he listed the achievements of Prof M S Swaminathan and stated that Tamil Nadu continues to be one of the largest producers of food crops by following various innovative and productive agricultural methods.
Prof M S Swaminathan during his presidential speech said that we need to focus on nutrition security as we focus on food security. Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the Deputy Director General of Programmes at the World Health Organization delivered the vote of thanks at the inaugural ceremony.
The technical sessions of the conference was later inaugurated by internationally eminent scientists and personalities namely Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and UN FAO’s Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Eric Kenefick, Country Director, UN World Food Programme, Dr. Siebe Schuur, Agricultural Counsellor accredited in India and Sri Lanka, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn, President, World Food Prize Foundation, USA.