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  • TERI-BCSD India hosts “Talking tomorrow lecture Series”: Kemal Dervis, Administrator, UNDP and UN Under Secretary General talks on Climate Change and Human Development: A journey ahead

    19 March 2008

    With Global Warming increasing its impact and the potential human costs of climate change being understated, TERI - Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) hosted the Talking tomorrow lecture series where Mr. Kemal Dervis, Administrator UNDP and UN Under Secretary General was invited to talk on "Climate Change and Human Development: A journey ahead".

    Today one of the major challenges of sustainable development is meeting the threat of climate change. With the world drifting towards a "tipping point" that could lock the world's poorest countries and their poorest citizens in a downward spiral, leaving hundreds of millions facing malnutrition, water scarcity, ecological threats, and a loss of livelihood's, there is an immediate need for collective efforts to fight the menace of Climate Change. The lecture today was presented by Mr. Kemal Dervis, Administrator of UNDP and UN Under Secretary General.

    In his presentation, Mr. Dervis highlighted the need for rich countries to take the lead in showing strong commitment to policies that can be effective as soon as possible. He also insisted that rapid development, the protection of the climate and the environment, and poverty reduction should always be seen as complementary processes with success in one area facilitating overall success.

    "Talking Tomorrow" is a series of lectures by eminent experts from across the globe in the fields of energy, water, climate change, health and sustainable development and their impact on the global business environment. The talks a mainly directed to the business community at large along with policy makers, academic, multilateral agencies so that all are aware and better equipped to march towards a sustainable future.