Istanbul, Turkey: Stressing that River Ganga, which is revered by millions of people in India, is “truly a world heritage site”, Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Co-founder and Chair of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, urged UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage site.

He said this during a meeting with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO at the World Humanitarian Summit by the UN in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the Ashram, “Pujya Swamiji shared how he believed that the National River Ganga is truly a world heritage site, one with great natural, cultural and spiritual relevance for all.”

Irini deeply appreciated the idea and asked for more thoughts on the proposal to declare River Ganga as a World Heritage Site, the statement said.

Irini lauded the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to work for protecting and preserving River Ganga.

The two also discussed the urgent call to protect the sacred fresh water sources of the world from pollution and over-extraction, especially the river systems upon whose banks civilisations have thrived.

“They discussed the great need of the hour to work together in addressing the global water crisis,” the statement said.

Also present at the meeting were Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary-General Of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, and Noble Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi.

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