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  • Fifth DSDS 2005 by TERI inaugurated by His Excellency, Mr Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland

    3 February 2005

    The Fifth Annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2005) commenced here today on 03 February 2005. The three-day event was inaugurated by His Excellency, Mr Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, and the Presidential Address delivered by Smt Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Government of Delhi.

    The event started with the Welcome address by Dr Arcot Ramachandran, Chairman, TERI, followed by the Presentation of Sustainable Development Leadership Award to Dr Shoichiro Toyoda, Honorary Chairman / Member of the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan by Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Government of Delhi.

    "It is vitally important for us to establish a path of sustainable development so that by meeting the needs of the current generation, we do not negatively affect the ability of future generations to meet their needs." Said, Dr. Arcot Ramachandran, Chairman, TERI, New Delhi, while delivering the welcome address.

    DSDS one of the most important events Highlighting the significance of the Summit, Dr R K Pachauri Director-General, TERI said "This event (DSDS) is symbolic of a much larger action required worldwide. It is a common cause that humanity must now pursue with an urgency and determination."

    While delivering his key note address Director-General, TERI, Dr R K Pachauri also announced "TERI is launching the World Sustainable Development Forum to mobilize and monitor action on the implementation of programmes for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The purpose of the forum is to mobilize society across the globe in mounting and monitoring activities for meeting the MDGs and creating momentum for accelerated efforts towards comprehensive achievement of sustainable development worldwide."

    Mr Namo Narain Meena, Hon'ble Minister of State for Environment and Forests, India said "We realize today that sustainable development of a nation cannot be done in isolation. The quality of life is also dependent on interaction with other fellow nations. Partnerships need to be developed."

    Smt Shiela Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minster, Government of Delhi urged for people's participation and said "The journey is long for India but the government is committed to achieve the target. It is not enough for the government to have golden targets, what we need is people's participation" while addressing the summit."

    Mr BØrge Brende, Hon'ble Minister for Trade & Industry, Norway during his keynote address said "I am glad that poverty and environmental degradation are now recognized as threats to all. We face threats that no nation can solve alone. We have to address them in a new and multilateral manner."

    Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, and representing the Secretary-General, United Nations said "Dr Pachauri and TERI succeeded in bringing this event (DSDS) on global the map of sustainability. This is not an easy task."

    "The recent tsunami forces us to remember the silent tsunamis that continue to inflict unrecognizable impacts on the poorest countries of the world. What we need to achieve is investment in people's health, education, nutrition, and family planning; investment in the natural environment and in infrastructure" said Prof. Jeffrey D Sachs, Director - Earth Institute & Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, United Nations.

    DSDS is fielding some of the best names in the fields of academics, business, industry, government and multilateral organizations.