Media training on Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030


The world is losing nearly 13 million hectares of forest every year, while persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of over 3.6 billion hectares. In India, TERI’s analysis suggests an economic loss of 2.5% of GDP due to land degradation.

This important subject will be widely discussed in the coming months as India will be hosting the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) from 2 to 13 September 2019. This Conference is expected to have participation from over 196 countries drawn from national and regional governments, science and research communities, the private sector, international and non-governmental organizations. It is being led by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

Some of the new and relevant issues that are on the radar of the governments include the interaction between climate and land, optimizing the mix of food, energy and environment demands on land, the rural-urban link, the negative feedback of land degradation on poverty and human health, the tremendous opportunity sustainable value chains may provide, the role of the faith communities and the rapidly growing global movement on land restoration both of which are essential to achieving land degradation neutrality, which is a pivotal Agenda 2030 target.

Media training

In this context, TERI and UNCCD are co-hosting special media training on ‘Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030’ on August 1-2, 2019 in New Delhi. The training will equip young journalists with essential background and knowledge about the Conference and the issues mentioned above. It will provide the journalists an opportunity to interact with some of the best subject experts and develop their perspective on the central theme of the conference.

Post-training, the journalists will be expected to publish stories in their respective publications on related issues, and particularly on the Conference’s outcomes.


Applicants should preferably be 25-35 years of age. They would need to make the following submissions for the selection committee’s consideration:

  • Two by-lined articles (print, online, radio, TV), at least one of which is related to environment, land, drought, desertification, water or climate change. Articles written in a language other than English should be accompanied by a short summary in English.
  • A letter from the supervising editor stating their consent to publish the articles produced as an outcome of this training.


Travel and accommodation will be fully sponsored for all participants of the training.

How to Apply:

Interested journalists may send their submissions to Sumit Bansal at latest by July 15th.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) invites applications from women researchers for the IEA C3E (Clean Energy Education and Empowerment) Fellowship

The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) was set up in 2010 to promote policies and programmes that advance clean energy technology including the need to harness all talent and human capital to affect progress. C3E was launched to attract more women to rewarding clean energy careers and support their advancement into leadership positions and in 2017 became the newest IEA Technology Collaboration Partnership (TCP).

The Fellowship will provide on the job experience for a promising student to work in a multicultural environment on leading energy issues related to women’s education and skills development, clean energy or energy access. The placement of a fellow at the IEA will provide both the agency and C3E TCP with direct input from the next generation of aspiring women leaders.

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Download the Application Form and submit the duly filled application form via email to

The last date to apply for the fellowship is May 20, 2019.

Mr. Nitin Desai appointed Chairman, TERI Governing Council and Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies

TERI announces the appointment of Mr Nitin D. Desai as the Chairman of TERI’s Governing Council and of Mr Shailesh Nayak as the Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies, with immediate effect. This follows the resignation of Mr Ashok Chawla from the chairmanship of TERI’s Governing Council and the Chancellorship of the TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Mr Nitin Desai is a distinguished economist, and a well-known voice in public policy fora nationally and internationally, especially in the sustainable development sector. He was in the Planning Commission (1973-88) and later served as the Chief Economic Adviser and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance (1988-90). He also served as Senior Economic Adviser for the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) where he introduced the concept of sustainable development. He was the Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs in the UN, where his major contributions included the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992), the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002). He oversaw the creation of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the UN, and was the first Under Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development.

Dr Shailesh Nayak is currently a Member of the Governing Council of TERI and the Director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. He was Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences during 2008-2015 and Distinguished Scientist during 2015-2018. In his outstanding career, he has provided leadership for programmes related to climate change, weather services, polar science, ocean science and modelling, ocean survey, resources and technology. Dr. Nayak is recognised for setting up the Tsunami Warning System for the Indian Ocean and several other satellite-based products and services including sea state for coastal zone management.