G-20 MEMBERS09321st century; we cannot continue with the governanceof the 20th century.The coming year is the year of all possible changes.You are Heads of State and Government. After thecrisis, let us not fall back into our bad habits and ourdaily routines. The coming year must be one of greatchange. You have understood that France intends toparticipate in it: not, of course, to make speeches; not,of course, to preach; but to lead the entire worldtowards new global governance, towards greatersolidarity and towards the emergence of innovativefinancing. If we fulfil this condition, we will be believedand respected by all the peoples of the world. nThe above remarks are extracted from a speech byNicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, atthe 65th United Nations General Assembly Summiton the Millennium Goals in New York on 20September 2010. Source: The French Ministry ofEuropean and Foreign Affairs.
n his opening remarks at the meeting ofthe Council on Climate Change, the PrimeMinister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh,emphasised the importance of watersecurity and habitat sustainability in climate changeadaptation and mitigation. I am happy that we are today considering the National Water Mission and the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat. Both these Missions areextremely critical to addressing the issues of mitigationand adaptation to climate change. As far as the Water Mission is concerned, it goeswithout saying that water would be a very major area of stress in our country in the decades to come. Weneed to create a generation conscious of the need touse this life-supporting resource in the mostsustainable manner. Water has multiple uses and, therefore, itsmanagement is often fragmented. I am happy to seethat the Mission document is focusing on creating anintegrated perspective.The first step in this direction is a comprehensive waterdata base in the public domain and assessment of theimpact of climate change on our water resource. Weneed to promote citizen and state action for waterconservation, augmentation and preservation. We needto focus attention on vulnerable areas, especially theareas where ground water is over exploited. We alsoneed to promote water use efficiency, all of which callfor basin-level integrated water resource management. As far as the Mission on Sustainable Habitat isconcerned, there are clear areas of action that we need to focus on. The most important is the NEW INITIATIVES TO FOSTER HABITAT ANDWATER SUSTAINABILITY IN INDIA102G-20 MEMBERSDR MANMOHAN SINGH, PRIME MINISTER, INDIAIPhoto: UN