Dear delegates – Welcome to India!

The concept of 3R - ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ has been an integral part of India’s DNA and culture for centuries. Unfortunately, rapid urbanization and attendant challenges have gradually pushed this concept to the background of urban consciousness. The launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) (Clean India Mission) by Government of India in 2014, with its objective of 100% scientific management of Municipal Solid Waste synergises well with 'Mission Zero Waste', the theme of 8th Regional forum on 3R being held at India’s cleanest city Indore. I am confident that the deliberations and the best practices – both international and national - shared in this Forum will enable both India and the Asia-Pacific to assume an even higher level of environmental responsibility in pursuing the tenets of the 3R, both in letter and spirit.

I once again welcome all international and national delegates to the 3R forum. Let us all reaffirm our pledge to ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ and make the concept of 'Zero Waste' a reality.

Hardeep S Puri
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Housing and Urban Affairs
Government of India