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Top world leaders to converge for TERI’s DSDS-2014

Feb 03, 2014

The theme for this year’s DSDS summit is attaining food, water, and energy security for all.

New Delhi: Global think tank TERI will be hosting the 14th edition of its annual flagship event, The ‘Delhi Sustainable Development Summit’ (DSDS) from 6th February to 8th February 2014 in Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Attaining Food, Water, and Energy Security for All”.

The first of the many eminent luminaries who have confirmed their esteemed presence at the Summit include : Kofi Annan, Nobel Laureate and Former Secretary-General, United Nations; James Alix Michel, President, Seychelles; Bharrat Jagdeo, Former President, Guyana; Lord John Prescott, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Member of Parliament, House of Lords, UK; Lance Ignon, Director, San Francisco Office, Sitrick And Company, USA; Lord Deben John Gummer, Former Member of Parliament, UK; Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change, UK; Lance Ignon, Director, San Francisco Office, Sitrick And Company, USA; Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank, the Philippines and Luis Albertoo Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank, USA among others.

Explaining the relevance of the theme of the Summit, Director General, TERI, Dr. R.K. Pachauri said “The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit is TERI’s annual flagship event which addresses various elements of the most important challenge that humanity is facing- that of connecting a part of development which is clearly not sustainable. The theme of 2014 Summit, which is “Attaining Food, Water, Energy Security for All“ clearly defines the most urgent and inherently complex set of issues that all section of global society must tackle for the security and well-being of a population in excess of 7 billion which in the next few decades is projected to exceed 9 billion. The remarkable leadership from every part of the globe which would be present at DSDS 2014 can provide intellectual and policy direction which can help in meeting the challenge embedded in this year’s theme”.

Encouraged by the impressive 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, said “This annual Summit has become a preeminent platform that provides information, builds knowledge, and helps share best practices on all aspects of Sustainable Development. Each year transcending continents and cultures, the Summit gathers thought leaders that span Governments, Business Houses, Academia, Institutions, and Civil Society on a single stage to map our global sustainable development goals. With participation from Least Developed Countries, Low Island States and Africa, this is perhaps one unique platform that encourages and resonates the voices of the less heard."

The Summit will comprise plenary sessions on a range of issues, including: Ensuring and Expanding Access to Energy, Water and Food; Re-thinking development; How Can Businesses Help Attain Energy, Water, and Food Security; Dealing with Energy, Water, and Food Security Challenges in Asia; The Energy, Water, Food Triangle; Tackling the Energy, Water, and Food Security Challenge; Gender: The Core Issue in Sustainable Development etc. A special session with Indian Bureaucrats is also planned on 8th Feb 2014.

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