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  • PM vows to adopt sustainable development at DSDS 2008

    7 February 2008

    At the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2008, an annual event organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Hon'able Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said, "Government of India will adopt a responsible and forward looking stance aimed at promoting sustainable development." Delivering his inaugural address at the Summit here today, the Prime Minister said that the climate change impacts people differently, and the poor are the worst hit. We need technology innovations for reduction of energy use by industry and other sectors, he added. He further said we need massive action for afforestation, drought proofing, flood protection, and also for our coastal areas and glaciers that feed our river systems.

    Dr Singh emphasized the need to ensure an acceptable and sustainable standard of living for all people. Climate justice must, therefore, inform all efforts at international collaboration in an act of human solidarity, he added.

    The Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Matti Vanhanen, his counterpart from Denmark, Mr Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Norway, Mr Jens Stoltenberg, the president of Iceland, Mr Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, and the President of Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom were present at the summit.

    Speaking on 'Climate Change and Sustainable Development' Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said that the world has seen a major enhancement of awareness related to climate change, resulting largely from the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC. It is a result of this awareness that the recent Conference of the Parties, concluded on December 15 in Bali, has resulted in a firm plan of action at the global level. DSDS 2008 will not only address the various dimensions of climate change and sustainable development, but will also focus on actions that are required to be taken globally as well as in India.

    Agreeing to Dr Pachauri's remarks, Mr Stoltenberg said, "The world has to address mitigation in such a way that we do not have to choose between development and environment. We have to have both. We have to create mechanisms for the rich world to transfer technology and financial resources to help mitigation in the developing world, otherwise advances will not be big enough"

    President Gayoom of Maldives was awarded TERI's Sustainable Development Leadership Award for 2008 for his pioneering work on alerting the world to climate change. He dedicated the award to the people of the Maldives, an islands nation most at risk from the rising sea level.

    The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) has now evolved as a major annual event globally which addresses the key challenges of sustainable development and means by which this can be attained.