Indian brother Alok Sharma was knighted by King Charles for his efforts to fight climate change

Indian brother Alok Sharma was knighted by King Charles for his efforts to fight climate change

Alok Sharma, former UK minister, knighted for his contribution to fighting climate change


Alok Sharma, a former UK minister of Indian descent, has been knighted for his contributions to fighting climate change through his leadership at the COP26 summit under King Charles III on his first New Year’s Honor roll announced in London.

Alok Sharma, 55, born in Agra, served as a Cabinet-level minister until October, is on the “Overseas List” and leads the list of more than 30 campaigners, economists, academics , doctor and philanthropist of Indian origin are honored in the annual list issued in the name of the British monarch for their “incredible public service” across the UK and abroad.

“Alok Sharma was knighted for his contributions to fighting climate change through his leadership at COP26 and pushing the UK to agree to a historic agreement from the Individual countries will have a big impact in tackling climate change in the future,” a UK foreign newspaper wrote. Statement by the Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) with reference to the list honoring overseas contributions.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) was held last year in Scotland from 31 October to 13 November. Alok Sharma was the president of the conference, the first since from the Paris Agreement on COP21 expect the parties to make enhanced commitments towards mitigating climate change.

“The UK’s impact around the world depends on special people like those recognized in the King’s New Year’s Honors list. I am grateful for their outstanding contribution,” said Sir. Philip Barton, Permanent Secretary at FCDO and Head of Foreign Affairs said Service.

In keeping with the climate theme, Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta has received the Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for services to the Economy and the Natural Environment.

Earlier this year, Frank Ramsey, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge was reported on for his independent global assessment to provide a comprehensive economic framework for biodiversity.

‘Biodiversity Economics’, commissioned by the UK Department of Finance, has called for a fundamental change in the way we think and approach economics to reverse biodiversity loss. .

Among others knighted by the monarch include Indian-born business manager Ivan Manuel Menezes, CEO of Diageo, for services to Business and Equality. Dr Mayur Keshavji Lakhani, Chair of the Department of Health Leadership and Management and a General Practitioner at Highgate Medical Center in Loughborough, has been knighted for his contributions to the General Clinic.

Among other honors, new Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) include Vengalil Krishna Kumar Chatterjee, Professor of Endocrinology, University of Cambridge, for services to Endocrine Disorders. ; Dr Ramesh Dulichandbhai Mehta, President, British Association of Indian Physicians (BAPIO), for services for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Nageshwara Dwarampudi Reddy, Portfolio Manager, Labor Market and Employment Planning, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), in charge of Public Service; Dr Gurdial Singh Sanghera, Founder and CEO, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, for services to the Technology Sector is also on the list.

Jatinder Kumar Sharma, Principal, Walsall College, on Advanced Education services; Jasvir Singh, President, City Sikhs, for charitable services, faith communities and social cohesion; and Professor Keshav Singhal, for health and community services in Wales are also on the list.

Among the British Indian Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) include Nishi Chaturvedi, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Director, Lifelong Health and Aging Unit, University College London, on services for Medical Research; Ravinder Gill, Founder, College of Accountancy, on services to Higher Education.

Others include Puneet Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO, PG Paper, for services to Businesses, Charities and Communities in Scotland; Sharon Kaur Jandu, Director, Yorkshire Asian Business Association, International Trade Services; Dr. Krishna Rohan Kandiah, Founder, Sanctuary Foundation, for services to Refugee Integration; and Hitan Mehta, Managing Director, British Asian Trust, on services to the British Asian community.

The Cabinet Office said the list published on Friday, the first since Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September, recognizes the scope of service across the entire UK, including Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) to the likes of Dr. Minal Bakhai and Dr. Jyotiben Shah for his services to medicine and contributions in the field of education by Professor Prashant Pillai of the Universities of Wolverhampton and Bhavena Patel, Senior Relations Manager, Institute of Technical Education and Internships.

The recipients of the New Year Honors List are awarded for their outstanding contributions across the UK in areas including sustainable public service, youth engagement and community work.

Queen’s guitarist Sir Brian May has been knighted Bachelor and England’s World Cup-winning women’s soccer team footnote Leah Williamson has been awarded an OBE.

Musician, astrophysicist and animal welfare advocate knighted for service to music and charity, after more than 50 years with one of Britain’s most popular rock bands .

Of the 1,107 people on the Main Cabinet Office honors list for 2023, 60% of the recipients are primarily recognized for doing outstanding work in their communities, whether volunteering or not. charity, and women make up 50%. of the total.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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