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Indian Social Activist Wins Prestigious New York Global Leaders Dialogue Award

Social Reformer and founder of Sulabh sanitation movement Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak recently selected for the 2016 prestigious “New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award”.

In making the announcement from New York, Scanlan said, “Dr. Pathak is a great humanitarian who for decades has enhanced the quality of life for millions of fellow human beings. He embodies our philosophy that leadership is focused on creating collaborative new space in the service of others. We are especially attracted to leaders who transform lives for the better, and Dr. Pathak stands tall in embodying these rarest of qualities.”

The New York Global Leaders Dialogue thought leadership platform fosters international understanding, collaboration, harmony, inter-generational connectivity, cultural enrichment and human dignity – standing at the intersection of public, private sectors and civil society. Leaders worldwide welcome the opportunity to meet as equals, exchange ideas, embrace and contribute ideas to resolve planetary challenges, and nurture cohorts of younger leaders.

Dr. Pathak established Sulabh International – a social and behaviour change coalition – to promote the adoption of improved hygiene practices across the country.

Sulabh, which engages nearly 50,000 people, has constructed nearly 1.3 million household toilets and 54 million government toilets based on an innovative toilet design. Nearly 15 million people use these toilets daily. Apart from the construction of toilets, the organization is leading a movement to discourage manual cleaning of human waste.

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