On Monday afternoon, the Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific opened in Indore, India opened with a pre-event celebrating India National 3R Day for Swachh Bharat (Clean India Mission). Manish Singh, Commissioner, Indore Municipal Corporation, welcomed participants from 40 countries and many of India's cities. He said that the Eighth Regional 3R Forum's themes should help give direction to cities, their officials and managers responsible for formulating and executing policies promoting clean and resilient infrastructure. He noted that Indore, named India's cleanest city in 2017, was proud to host the conference and have the 3R Declaration bear its name.Birgitte Bryld, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), observed that each session of the Eighth Regional 3R Forum was directly relevant to the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its targets. She said the 3R Regional Forum's outcomes would provide a timely and important contribution to the 2018 review of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs by the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).Vinod Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India, welcomed all participants on behalf of the Government of India. Noting that the host city of Indore has been managing its wastes in a scientific manner, he expressed pleasure that India is hosting of the Eighth 3R Forum at this opportune time when the country has embarked on its Clean India Mission (Swachh Bharat).After this pre-event, delegates attended a cultural programme and reception dinner hosted by MoHUA.
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