By A Staff Writer
Social activist Bindeshwar Pathak, who for decades spearheaded an organization to construct nearly 1.3 million household toilets and 54 million government toilets based on an innovative toilet design, has been named for the 2016 New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award.
The announcement about the selection Pathak, who is the founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement, was made by the organization Oct 27 in New York after the organization’s board meeting attended among others by its chairman Phil Scanlan and advisory council members, including Pam Kwatra and Ketan Patel. Scanlan recently visited India to witness examples of Pathak’s various projects.
“The New York Global Leaders Dialogue is privileged to honor Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak at the 2016 leadership dinner April 12 at the Harvard Club, New York. Dr. Pathak is a great humanitarian who for decades has enhanced the quality of life for millions of fellow human beings,” Scanlan said in a statement.
“Pathak is a great humanitarian who for decades has enhanced the quality of life for millions of fellow human beings. He embodies our philosophy of leadership, namely, that leadership is focused on creating collaborative new space in the service of others,” he said.
The New York Global Leaders Dialogue also appreciated the efforts of Sulabh for communications and advocacy practices to remote sanitation, social reform and humanist reconstruction.