Prof. Munasinghe selected as a recipient for Blue Planet 2021 Prize
Sri Lankan physicist and economist Professor 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.
The Board of Directors has selected two awardees for 2021; Professor Mohan Munasinghe from Sri Lanka and Professor V. Ramanathan from the U.S.
They were selected for having made significant contributions to the resolution of global environmental problems.
Founder and Chairman of Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND), Professor 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 Vice-Chair 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" Professor Munasinghe shared his thoughts.
"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" he said.
"This eclectic experience helped me develop Sustainomics, as an integrative, trans-disciplinary 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."