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Honda Y-E-S Award 2007 in India Award Ceremony Highlights

The First Y-E-S Award Ceremony Celebrated 5 Awardees in New Delhi,
India on February 18, 2008


One of the greatest economic growth centers today, India became the second beneficiary country of the Y-E-S Award program in 2007. The awarding ceremony for the first Y-E-S award in India was held at Radisson Hotel New Delhi on February 18, 2008. Five most brilliant students were selected for their academic performance, an interview, and a written essay, from applicants from the three most prestigious science and technology universities in India.
The ceremony had an honor to be joined by the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, special scientific adviser to the Japan’s Cabinet. The two gentlemen gave congratulatory addresses in front of the media to the guests including university officials, recipients’ families and school mates. As reflected in the words they delivered, there are high expectations for the Y-E-S Award in India to become instrumental in the promotion of both India-Japan intercommunication and environmentally-balanced progress of science and technology in the globally-connected world.

< Congratulatory Speeches by Guests of Honor >

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Special Adviser to the Cabinet

While globalization which got started in the early 1990s has brought great benefits to us, the North-South problem between those who have and those who have not became visibly clear to the wider sectors of global public, and many movements have begun, which are called multi-stakeholder participation in global issues. Mr. Honda once said, no matter how technology is advanced, it has no meaning unless it has a high value of philosophy. Please share through this award Honda’s name and the spirit of Soichiro for the global common good in the future.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri
Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

As Mr. Honda’s Power of Dreams suggests, human achievement has been constructed on foundations and layers of dreams. Mahatma Gandhi, for example, is the person who had a dream that India should be free, and he founded a non-violent and totally pacific approach to get in freedom for this country. While we are pursuing the path of growth that developed countries have established, we have completely lost sight of the real challenges we face over here. About 10% of India’s GDP was being lost on the account of environmental damage and degradation of natural resources. About 500 million people in this country have no access to the modern forms of energy or electricity. You really need to work with the civil society, and with the corporate sector, to address these issues. And I think you would really become icons in the society if you ensure that at no stage does your ego get bloated, and at no stage do you look down people.
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