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Global Partnership Summit 2017 commences in New Delhi with inaugural session on 'Youth Leaders'
New Delhi, December 11: The Global Partnership Summit (GPS) 2017, an initiative of India Center Foundation (ICF) kicked off at the Aero City in New Delhi today morning with an inaugural session on Youth Leaders.

Envisioned as a platform for promoting India-Japan partnership by integrating ideas, technology, initiatives, people and policies, the summit aims at achieving the common objective of creating an Alternative Development Model (ADM).

The Global Partnership Summit is expected to be attended by over 3000 delegates where more than 200 guest speakers from various fields of expertise will share their minds.

In his inaugural address, the founder-chairman of GPS and chairman of India Center Foundation, Vibhav Kant Upadhyay spoke about the idea behind the Global Partnership Summit.

Upadhyay said that the world had been going through turmoil since the over 300-year-old model of development formed by the West had outlived its sustainability. He said, "Aspirations of human beings are unlimited but there aren't that many resources. The ICF was founded with the idea of creating a perfect developmental model based on Energy, Environment and Sustainability (ESS)."

Upadhyay said that he considered Japan as the world's second largest economy. "How did a country with a small population of 130 million become the world's second largest economy? Because the people of Japan worked towards the goal of creating assets and values which formed the basis of building Japan's economy," he said.

He asserted that India and Japan had been allies for over a thousand years since there was no conflict between the two countries.

Reflecting upon the past and remembering the vision behind the formation of ICF, Upadhyay said that he had dreamt of India-Japan partnership way back in 1996 as a 26-year-old which eventually led to the establishment of ICF.

While addressing young leaders of today, Upadhyay urged them not to run after the product but to create a system which would be not just fit for India and Japan, but for all countries of the world.

Upadhyay then diverted the attention of the audience towards the serious issue of the harm being caused to the environment by excess use of fossil fuels. He said, "The patrol car industry is dead. Let's write an obituary." He, however, said that it wasn't that the patrol car industry had intentionally harmed the environment. "They made the product and we bought it," he said.

During his address, Upadhyay mentioned how relevant the electric car could be as a product today with prospective buyers like Ola and Uber, which could use it as a sustainable means of transport.

During his address, Upadhyay said in the last 90 odd years, post the two world wars we have created a lot of wealth. But while there wasn't any dearth on money today, there is utter lack of relevance.

He said that since India was home to 1/6th of the world's population, it could serve as a perfect lab for conducting socio-economic experiments practically. While lamenting over that fact that India wasted half of its agricultural produce every year, Upadhyay said that wastage had become a part of the country's culture.

Defining development, Upadhyay said that development did not just mean being financially prosperous, but having access to basic necessities like electricity and education.

While expressing concerns about the future that he could foresee, he said that the young leaders who are now in their 30s and 40s would tomorrow hold us accountable for the tumultuous world that we left behind for them. He said that unless we take a resolve today and correct ourselves, the future generations would fight to take control over small resources in a world where even basic resources like water would be scarce.

Lastly, while concluding his speech, Upadhyay once again shifted the focus on the Alternative Development Model (ADM) and its relevance in today's world. He said that there was turmoil, loud political noise and religious disharmony all over the world as the old model of development had gone into maintenance mode. He asked every one present in the audience to take a pledge on the last day of the summit to create a more sustainable world.  

The Global Partnership Summit will culminate with a closing ceremony on December 14, 2017. In the meanwhile, stay tuned with for daily updates on developments at the GPS 2017.

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