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Premier sings province's praises at India speech

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MANITOBA Premier Greg Selinger has delivered a keynote address to the Energy and Resources Institute 13th annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in India.

"From shrinking polar bear habitats in Manitoba, to extreme weather in Japan, climate change is presenting challenges for many countries and this forum brings leaders from across the world to share their ideas and successes," said Selinger. "When it comes to food security and storage, building clean, renewable hydro energy and flood management, Manitoba is recognized as a leader."

In his remarks, the premier touched on the themes of flood management, food security, renewable energy and the protection of Lake Winnipeg.

"Manitoba's initiatives in promoting sustainable development, including the sustainable management of its boreal forests, stand to provide a very useful platform for partnerships with several organizations in India and other parts of the developing world," said Dr. R K Pachauri, director general, TERI.

"With the leadership provided by Premier Selinger, I am sure these possibilities will bear fruit very soon in the near future."

After delivering his speech, Selinger joined a panel of elected officials and experts from Bhutan, Japan, the U.S. and Australia, moderated by John Vidal of the Guardian newspaper.

"There is expertise in Manitoba that can give other states and countries a step up in adapting to the challenges of climate change, particularly when it comes to food security, and Manitoba businesses like Westeel are helping lead the way," Selinger said.

Other speakers at the 2013 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit include Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia and former Quebec premier Jean Charest.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 4, 2013 A4

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