Prof. Munasinghe awarded 2021 Blue Planet Prize
Sri Lankan physicist and economist Prof. Mohan Munasinghe has been selected as a recipient for this year’s Blue Planet Prize, the top international award considered to be equivalent to an “Environmental Nobel Prize.”
This year marks the 30th awarding of the Blue Planet Prize, sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan and the Board of Directors has selected two awardees for 2021, namely, Prof. Mohan Munasinghe from Sri Lanka and Prof. V. Ramanathan from the USA, for having made significant contributions to the resolution of global environmental problems.
Founder and Chairman of Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND), Prof. Munasinghe pioneered innovative concepts like the integrative, transdisciplinary ‘Sustainomics’ framework, sustainable development triangle (environment, economy, and society), balanced inclusive green growth (BIGG) and millennium consumption goals (MCGs).
As ViceChair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, becoming the first Sri Lankan to do so.
“It is encouraging to learn that the award committee has specifically acknowledged several key concepts I developed and their practical application worldwide, during almost five decades.
My research interests have evolved, from basic disciplines like engineering, physics, and economics, to application sectors like energy, water, transport, ICT, and environmental resources, and finally to multidisciplinary topics like poverty, disasters, climate change, and sustainable development.
This eclectic experience helped me develop Sustainomics, as an integrative, transdisciplinary methodology. Drawing on my past work and the global platform provided by the prestigious Blue Planet Prize, I will continue my modest efforts to make our planet more sustainable for all,” Prof. Munasinghe said. (ER)