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  • TERI Announces DSDS 2005: To Launch World Sustainable Development Forum

    27 January 2005

    The Fifth Annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) will begin here on 03 February 2005. The three-day event will offer a unique platform for interaction with some of the finest minds in the fields of science, technology, public policy, global action, business and the environment, said Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), here today.

    Briefing the Media about the salient features of the event, Dr Pachauri said the event would be inaugurated by His Excellency Mr Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland. Smt Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Delhi will preside over the inaugural session. Highlighting the significance of the Summit, Dr Pachauri said the responsibility for protecting the planet lay with all stakeholders and members of civil society. And DSDS was an occasion to take stock of the situation and develop strategies for the future, he added.

    Dr Pachauri said: "The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) is now the premier global forum for focusing on the challenge of sustainable development worldwide. It attracts the world's leading thinkers and decision makers who can make a difference to development activities in the pursuit of sustainability in all corners of the globe."

    DSDS will field some of the best names in the fields of academics, business, industry, government and multilateral organizations. Eminent economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Mr Borge Brende, Hon'ble Minister, Trade and Industry, Norway, Mr A Raja, Hon'ble Minister for Environment and Forests, India, Prof. Klaus Topfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Prof. Sherwood Rowland, Noble Laureate and Dr A Ramachandran, Chairman, TERI's Governing Council would be some of the participants in the summit.

    Ministerial Panel

    Considering the need for governments to lead by example on issues of Sustainability, the DSDS 2005 has specially crafted two ministerial sessions that bring twelve ministers from various countries on to one platform. The Ministerial sessions will have Mr Elliot Morley, Minister for environment and Agri-environment, United Kingdom, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Minister for environment and tourism, South Africa, Mr Rajesh Anand Bhagwan, Minister for Environment, Mauritius, Prof. Tsugio Ide, Former Vice minister for International Economic Affairs, Economic Planning Agency, Japan, and others.


    Dr Pachauri said the multilateral agencies played a crucial role in developing global programmes and building capacity among stakeholders on issues of Sustainability. Considering their significance in this field, this year's DSDS has laid special emphasis on bringing them together for a dialogue on issues that are relevant to the developing world. The event will field Dr Leonard Good, CEO& Chairman, Global Environment Facility, Washington, USA, Dr Sudipto Mundle, Asian Development Bank, Mr Ian Johnson, Vice President, The World Bank and Prof. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP.


    Corporate Responsibility is growing in significance in India. This is reflected in the active participation of chief executives at the CEO Forum of the DSDS. The CEO Forum at the DSDS is structured around the role of stakeholders vis-à-vis corporates. The forum will involve Mr Bjorn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, captains of Indian industry and representatives of trans-national corporations. Representatives of NGOs and Civil Society Organizations will also make their presentations. The CEO Forum is to be held on 2 February 2005, at The Oberoi, New Delhi.

    TERI Launches World Sustainable Development Forum

    Continuing with its tradition of breaking new grounds in the areas of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, TERI today launched a unique platform called World Sustainable Development Forum to mobilize action worldwide to address the issues of sustainability on a global scale.

    Announcing this to the media, Director General, TERI, Dr R K Pachauri said: "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."

    He pointed out that all nations needed to monitor their progress on addressing the MDGs very closely. He said he was optimistic about overwhelming support for the Forum from all developed and developing nations. According to him, countries like China, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and India, which are on a high growth curve should pursue efforts to balance economic growth with environmental care.

    TERI proposes to act as the nodal secretariat for the Forum and several other participating countries and institutions would pool their knowledge and expertise for effective and participative action by the Forum.