World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS)

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World Sustainable Development Summit
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The World Sustainable Development Summit is The Energy and Resources Institute’s annual flagship event.
Date11 February 2019 (2019-02-11)
13 February 2019 (2019-02-13)
LocationIndia Habitat Centre in the suburbs of New Delhi, India
Organized byThe Energy and Resources Institute
WebsiteOfficial site

The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is The Energy and Resources Institute's (TERI) annual flagship event. The theme of the 2019 edition of the Summit is 'Attaining the 2030 Agenda: Delivering on Our Promise'.

The WSDS brings together Nobel laureates,[1] political leaders,[2] decision-makers from bilateral and multilateral institutions, business leaders, high-level functionaries from the diplomatic corps, scientists and researchers, media personnel, and members of civil society; on a common platform to deliberate on issues related to sustainable development.

Post the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the signing of the Paris Agreement, the WSDS aims to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by assembling the various stakeholders on a single platform and initiating a step in the direction of achieving constructive action in combating issues pertinent to the future of humanity.

Features of the World Sustainable Development Summit[edit]

1. Corporate Conclave: A platform for business leaders to define a path and evolve a strategy to facilitate development whilst protecting the environment.

2. Thematic Tracks: Parallel breakaway sessions led by area experts that aim at providing feasible solutions to challenges faced by local and global communities in maintaining the balance between securing environmental sustainability and development.

3. Plenaries: The Summit agenda focuses on hosting exclusive dialogue sessions in the form of plenaries. These sessions welcome senior dignitaries, government officials, corporate leaders, and academicians from all over the world to congregate on a single platform to deliberate over issues of global importance.

4. Regional Dialogues: With the aim of widening the scope and outreach of the WSDS, a series of pre-events in the form of Regional Dialogues are held throughout the country, prior to the Summit. The discussions held during the regional dialogues are brought forward to the main Summit stage where they are further matured and discussed in-depth by experts and practitioners from relevant fields.

4. Youth Programmes: The programmes seek to engage youth from around the globe in the sustainable development discourse, record their experiences, and encourage positive action on their part.

5. Exhibition: The Exhibition[3] provides an opportunity for global players to showcase technologies in the areas of renewable energy, waste management, sustainable buildings, sustainable transport, water management and financing for sustainable development and energy efficiency.

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit[edit]

TERI, since 2001, annually organized the DSDS, an international platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development. This flagship event of TERI brought together various heads of state and government,[4] thought leaders, policy-makers and the crème de la crème of industry and academia to deliberate on myriad issues.[5]

The Summit series have emerged as the premier international event on sustainability which focusses on the global future, but with an eye on the actions in the developing world which could bend our common future.The Summit series have over the years brought together 47 heads of state and government, 13 Nobel laureates, ministers from 76 countries, 1600 business leaders, 1800+ speakers and over 12,000 delegates from across the world.

Sustainable Development Leadership Award[edit]

In 2005, TERI established The Sustainable Development Leadership Award to felicitate the efforts of global leaders in the field of sustainable development. The award winners are as follows:[6]

Year Name Nationality Position then
2005 Shoichiro Toyoda  Japan Honorary Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation
2006 Ernesto Zedillo  Mexico Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
2007 Arnold Schwarzenegger  United States Governor of California
2008 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom  Maldives President of the Maldives
2009 Ban Ki-moon  South Korea Secretary-General of the United Nations
2010 Yukio Hatoyama  Japan Prime Minister of Japan
2011 Dr. Manmohan Singh  India Prime Minister of India
2012 Tarja Halonen  Finland President of Finland
2012 Felipe Calderón Hinojosa  Mexico President of Mexico
2013 James Alix Michel  Seychelles President of Seychelles
2014 Anand Mahindra  India Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra
2015 José Manuel Durão Barroso  Portugal Former Prime Minister of Portugal and Former President of European Commission
2016 Pawan Kumar Chamling  India Chief Minister of Sikkim state


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  6. ^ "Sustainable Development Leadership Award". Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.

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