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TERI launches Green Growth and Development Quarterly
TERI, New Delhi

18 October 2012

On 18 October 2012, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) launched the Green Growth and Development Quarterly. A panel discussion also took place; the panel included Dr R K Pachauri (Director General, TERI), Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta (Distinguished Fellow, TERI), Dr Pronab Sen (Principal Adviser, Planning Commission, Government of India), Mr Tarun Kapoor (Joint-secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, GoI), Dr Myung-Kyoon Lee (Director, Global Green Growth Institute ), and Dr Jason Eis (Deputy Director, London Office, GGGI).Green Growth and Development Quarterly aims to facilitate a platform to understand the many facets of inclusive green growth mediated sustainable development.

The publication seeks to enhance a forward looking knowledge process and new opportunities around 'green growth' by engaging with stakeholders and major groups including government, research and academia, civil society, and business & industry. It will act as a knowledge product that showcases new research and innovative practices, share knowledge, experience of people from diverse countries and sectors.

 

Publication release - Environment and Development: India and China
Beijing, China

27 December, 2010

A book release workshop - for the joint China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and India Council for Sustainable Development (ICSD) -for the book titled, "Environment and Development: China and India" was organized in Beijing on 27 December 2011. The book was a product of the collaborative research project between the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning (CAEP) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The study focuses on the nexus between environment and development - more specifically on the state of environment and how governments in the two countries has responded to environmental issues in the decade preceding the 2008 global financial crisis.


Panel at the book launch (Left to Right) – Ms. Fang Li (Deputy Secretary General, CCICED; Deputy Director General, Foreign Economic Cooperation Centre at MEP), Mr. Zhu Guangyao (Secretary General, CCICED) and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri (Director General, TERI; Chairman, IPCC)]

The book launch took place on 27 December 2010 (14:30-18:30) in the Beijing Capital Xindadu Hotel which is located in the capital's Chegongzhuang Street that houses many ministries and is also adjacent to the Finance Street. The event had participation from the Chinese government, Indian Embassy, Norwegian embassy, UN agencies (UNIDO and UNDP), research & academia, and the media. Following is a summary of some of the key points made.

Zhu Guangyao (Secretary General, CCICED) introduced the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), which was established in 1992 (post Rio summit on environment and development) as a high ranking body that provides advisory support to the government of PRC on the topic of 'environment and. The Secretary General expressed interest continuing activities between the CCICED and ICSD.

Ms. Huang Wenhang Director, Climate Change, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People’s Republic of China speaks at the book release at Beijing

Dr. R K Pachauri made remarks introducing the humble history of ICSD and talking briefly about ICSD (with Shri. Montek Singh Ahluwalia of Planning Commission as one of the patrons). He expressed interest in pursuing joint dialogues between the two councils (CCICED and ICSD) for the Rio+20 themes for the upcoming United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD. He then made a presentation as a leader on behalf on the study team.

Shri Rahul Chhabra (Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy in Beijing) commended the collaborative project between TERI and CAEP. He reminded of the 1972 Stockholm Conference where Smt. Indira Gandhi had voiced the concern of the developing countries. He reminded the audience of the need of a common enemy - in this case mankind who had caused environmental crises - for humans to organize themselves and make collaborative efforts.

Ms Huang Wenhang (Director, Climate Change, National Development and Reform Commission, NDRC) highlighted the work of NDRC on sustainable development and low-carbon development. She also expressed support of the NDRC on closer partnership between CCICED and ICSD to further South-South cooperation efforts.

Book release at Beijing on 27th December 2010

Well known scholars Prof. Wang Jinnan (Vice President, CAEP); Prof SHEN Guofang (Chief Advisor CCICED; Chinese Academy of Sciences); and Prof. ZHEN Ruixiang (former PRC Consul General to Mumbai of India and China Institute on International Studies) also made remarks on overcoming institutional barriers in the two countries and further South-South cooperation efforts.

 

Joint Project on 'Environment for Development: India and China'
Interim Meeting

13-15th January 2009
Beijing, China

The collaborative project on 'Environment for Development: India and China', between the India Council for Sustainable Development (ICSD) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), recently concluded its first phase. An interim meeting, comprising of two days of working session between the respective India and China project teams followed by a stakeholder workshop on the third day, was held from 13-15th January 2009 in Beijing, China.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the working team members, to meet and discuss the progress on the project so far as well as identify gaps and other issues in the respective components of the study. The stakeholder workshop following the working session provided an excellent opportunity to the project team to seek feedback and inputs on the issues covered in the report. Participants present at the workshop included group of environment experts, academicians from China and Embassy representatives (Sweden and Norway). At the outset the two team leaders made detailed presentations on the objective, scope, methodology and the key issues being dealt with in the report. This was immensely appreciated by the gathering, which recognized the progress made by both sides in collating data and highlighting the pertinent issues. What was seen as a major challenge to the project was the roadmap for furthering cooperation amongst the two countries. Identification of areas where partnerships could be forged between the two countries was seen as a very crucial section of the report drawing the most interest amongst the present audience. The project is looked upon as a crucial steeping stone to foster bilateral partnerships and encourage regional cooperation between the two countries.

ICSD collaborates with the CCICED
11-12 September 2008
TERI, New Delhi

A collaborative study "Environment for development: policy observations for India and China" was formally launched by India Council for Sustainable Development (ICSD) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) in a two-day meeting held from 11-12 September 2008, at TERI, New Delhi. During the meeting the two-core team members representing the two Councils discussed the scope of work for the yearlong study.

Being first of its kind the study aims to understand the environment and development nexus in the two countries in the overall sustainability context. It would provide an overview of environmental issues in the last decade (1997-2007), identify key challenges and suggest areas of mutual interest where cooperation between the two countries can be enhanced. This project will enable identification of commonalties and differences in the environment-developmental context in India and China and with both countries emerging as major players in the global arena the messages from the study can enhance the lessons that the two countries can draw from each other while tacking their environmental issues.

Conference on "Vision 2025: a sustainable roadmap for India"
1-2 November 2007
The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

This was one of the first events under the aegis of ICSD, held during 1-2 November 2007. The Hon’ble Vice-President of India, Prof. M Hamid Ansari, inaugurated the conference. The conference drew wide participation from various distinguished leaders from all fields, both from India and overseas. The discussions at the event provided extremely useful policy-relevant insights on the theme of the conference. The conference also provided an opportunity to identify and build a consensus on the strategic directions that the country must follow in order to overcome or avert challenges in ensuring resource and distributive sustainability as India traverses a high growth trajectory in the next 18 years.

Some of the themes discussed at the conference included the following:

  • Basics first- ensuring universal and equitable access to essential services
  • A second agricultural revolution spurring rural development
  • Urban centers as engines of sustainable growth
  • Infrastructure support to growth
  • An energy secure future for India
  • Governing water wisely
  • Natural resource dimensions of growth

A policy-relevant document in the form of theme papers of the conference is soon to be published for widespread distribution and for use by all stakeholders.