The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is organising the 21st edition of its annual flagship event, the World Sustainability Development Summit (WSDS) 2022 from 16th to 18th February. The Summit aims to build a resilient planet and ensure a sustainable and equitable future.
The three-day virtual Summit that would play a constructivist role for guiding activities such as the COP27 Compass and SDG Charter involves the presence of international dignitaries from all round the world.
The Summit intends to have key discussions on climate change, sustainable consumption and production, energy and resource security, resilience, and global commons. Ministerial sessions, youth plenary, women leadership plenary, corporate plenary and other thematic tracks have been included in the programme.
The Summit will also release Act4Earth Manifesto and Act4Earth Strategy papers in order to reinforce commitment at all levels to enhance ambition and action. It aims to create a more sustainable and equitable world for present and future generations.
The event will bring together heads of States, representatives from international organizations, government, business and industry, research and academia, civil society and youth to deliberate on the modus operandi required for equitable responses to enhance planetary resilience.
Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General of TERI, said, “TERI’s World Sustainable Development Summit is one of its kind to be convened by a developing state. It invites political leaders, science experts, researchers, academics, and civil society campaigners from across the globe. For over 20 years, this Summit has successfully garnered varied views on sustainable development and climate action through brainstorming deliberations aiming at sensitizing political establishments and civil society to act. We have so far hosted over 25000 delegates in this series of Summit. We are looking forward to this year’s 21st edition of the Summit and the active participation of all stakeholders.”
The key speakers for this year's three-day virtual summit include:
· Dr Irfaan Ali, Hon’ble President of the Republic of Guyana
· Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
· H.E. Mr Steven Guilbeault, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
· Mr John Forbes Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States
· Dr Yasmine Fouad, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Environment, Egypt
· Mr Espen Barth Eide, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway
· H.E. Ms Emma Kari, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
· Ms Aminath Shauna, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Maldives
· Ms Barbara Pompili, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Ecological Transition, Government of France
· Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, The Energy and Resources Institute
· Ms Steffi Lemke, Hon'ble Minister, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany
· H.E. Mr Abdulla Shahid, Hon'ble Foreign Minister, Maldives & President of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly
· Ms Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
· Mr Frans Timmermans, Commissioner & Executive Vice President- European Green Deal, European Commission
· Prof Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
· Rt Hon Alok Sharma, COP26 President & Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
· Mr Manish Chourasia, Managing Director & CEO, Tata CleanTech Capital Ltd.
· Mr Erik Solheim, Former Executive Director of UN Environment & President Green Belt and Road Institute
· Dr Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry for Finance and Human Resources Management, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
· Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute
· Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance
Since its inception in 2001, the summit has been a significant platform for showcasing India’s plans, policies, priorities, and actions by identifying the most topical issues of environment and sustainability.