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Galaxy of eminent speakers and Heads of state to attend DSDS 2013

Dec 21, 2012

The 13th annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit is slated to be held from January 31-February 02, 2013 in New Delhi.

Playing host to a plethora of illustrious speakers, the DSDS 2013 will bring together the top leaders of three Development Banks--Haruhiko Kuroda, President of the Asian Development Bank; Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank; Walter Vergara, Chief, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank, on a common platform.

The presence of the top leaders of the development banks at DSDS 2013 assumes significance since the role of the development banks in the less developed regions is well recognised but inadequately emphasized.

In the past, the summit has witnessed the participation of 33 heads of states, ministerial representation from 43 countries, and has been inaugurated by Prime Minister of India since 2010. The upcoming edition of the summit will also witness the presence Tarja Halonen, Former President, Finland, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, Former President of the Former Soviet Union, Bharrat Jagdeo, Former President, Guyana.

Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia, Thomas L Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist , The New York Times, USA. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the sixty-sixth session of the UN General Assembly, Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of Rio+20; Bruno Lafont, Chairman and CEO, Lafarge Group, France have also consented their presence in the summit. These names are among the first of the many distinguished luminaries that have confirmed and many more such eminent personalities are expected at DSDS 2013. Nobel Laureate Ms.Tawakkol Karman has also expressed her keen interest to attend the summit.

Speaking about DSDS 2013, Director General, TERI, Dr. R.K. Pachauri said “We attempt to get senior policymakers and ministers from a range of countries for each annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. We believe that it is important not only to get the insights and views of senior policymakers but also to expose them to the rich discussion and debate that takes place in every Summit. Since the whole purpose of DSDS is to impart momentum in the direction of sustainable development, the presence of leaders from each group of stakeholders and particularly from the governments is a vital resource in this effort”.

Encouraged by the stellar response the summit is getting thus far, Dr. Annapurna Vancheswaran, Director, Sustainable Development Outreach, TERI, who has been successfully spearheading the summit since its inception, opined “The most satisfying outcome of the DSDS over the years has been in enabling the voices of the emerging countries from across Africa, Asia and the Latin America to be heard and be at the center stage in the debate on sustainable development. It is heartening to note that the DSDS has grown both in content and participation year on year”.

DSDS 2013 is entitled “The Global Challenge of Resource Efficient Growth and Development”, which has emerged as one of the most crucial issues facing world economies at present. The three day Summit will explore various ways for individuals and countries to collaborate on countering the challenges of resource-efficient growth and towards shaping a better future. The Summit, slated to be held from January 31 to February 02, 2013 in New Delhi, seeks to facilitate discussions to strengthen and further the resolutions adopted in The Future We Want.

The Summit will comprise plenary sessions on a range of issues, including: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change; Mitigating Emissions of Greenhouse Gases and Associated Co-benefits; Employment and Growth Potential of a Green Economy; Choices before the BRICS and a New Economic Construct; Sustainable Development and the New Knowledge Economy; and Defining the Future We Want.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the summit will also introduce the Parallel Thematic Tracks which will allow for discussions of considerable depth and detail on select topics/themes.

A day prior to the summit, the crème de la crème of the business fraternity will converge at the World CEO Sustainability Summit on January 30, 2013 for a Corporate Dialogue on Resource Revolution – A Global Imperative and How Business Can Shape It.

About Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS):
DSDS is a flagship event organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) every year since 2001. The event seeks to facilitate enlightened debate and discussion on the discourse of global sustainable development. Over the past twelve years, it has emerged as one of the most leading forums on issues of global sustainability. Through DSDS, TERI aims to create enabling platforms for global leaders, heads of State and Central governments, scientists, academicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs, corporate entities and the youth to exchange new ideas to expand the dimensions and scope of the debate over global sustainability issues.

About The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI):
From microbiology to global climate change, from smoke-filled rural kitchens to plush corporate boardrooms, from schoolchildren to heads of state, no sphere of human endeavour is unfamiliar to TERI. Headed by world-renowned economist and Nobel Prize winning climate scientist, Dr. R K Pachauri, TERI is best described as an independent, not-for-profit research institute focused on energy, environment, and sustainable development and devoted to efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.

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