French Ecology Minister’s visit to Hyderabad

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(left)Ambassador Mr.François Richier, Director Mr.Jean-Manuel Duhaut, Minister Madame Delphine Batho

Hyderabad city stirred and woke up for the United Nations Bio-Diversity conference in October 2012. New roads were laid, trees and flowering bushes sprouted up on the dividers between the roads, colourful murals by young artists emerged on the sides of the flyovers and the whole city was spruced up to welcome foreign delegates from 164 countries. The 11th Conference of Parties took place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre from 8-19 October.

On this occasion, an important French delegation arrived in Hyderabad. Consellor to the French President on Environment, Madame Marie- Hélène Aubert, came on a 4 day visit. The following day, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy, Madame Delphine Batho, and H.E. François Richier, French Ambassador, joined the high profile Conference along with fifty other delegates from France. The conference finished in a race to ratify an agreement on how the world will share the expenses to face environmental issues in the future.

The Alliance Française, the only “official” French link in the city, welcomed them and organised a dinner on 18 Oct at their new premises in Banjara Hills. The evening was a very successful break from the heavy schedule of the UN Conference, and everyone enjoyed the nice settings and the relaxed atmosphere. The Minister delivered a speech on the importance of the Conference of Parties, and the fact that France took a big part in the decisions. The Minister and the Ambassador thanked the Director, Mr. Jean-Manuel Duhaut for his kind invitation to host the dinner at the Alliance Française and congratulated him for the shift to the new premises.

Madame Marie Hélène Aubert

The Elysee Consellor, Madame M-H Aubert’s wish to meet local personalities of Hyderabad, concerning environmental and societal issues was fulfilled: the Alliance Française had organised a round table with eminent personalities of Hyderabad like Mrs. Chandana Chakrabarthi, social activist and actor, Dr. P.M. Bhargava, scientist and founder of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Mrs. Aparajita Sinha, Director of Moving Images, Mr. Srinivas Murthy, architect, Dr. Vithal Rajan, writer, Mrs. Frauke Quader, Secretary of Society to save rocks, Mr. Shankar Ganesh, professor at BITS Pilani, Mr. Alexandre Boisson, Hydrogeologist at NGRI, Mr. Mazher Hussain, Director, Confederation of Voluntary Associations, and many more. The intercultural talk branched out to various issues ranging from politics to solutions for the betterment of the city.

The evening ended on a humorous note with the screening of the short film ‘The Hyderabad Complaints Choir’ by Cannes Awardee, Murali Nair, which was produced by an Indo-French couple Isabelle Collin and Venkat Reddy, and a tasty buffet, which included the unavoidable Hyderabadi biryani.

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