Theme: Tapping local initiatives and tackling global inertia Date: 3-5 February 2011 Venue: Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi
The Copenhagen Conference of Parties has clearly brought out the complexity of the process of global negotiations on climate change, and the inertia that has to be tackled in order for the world to act in response to the scientific reality of this growing global problem. The current trends observed worldwide in unsustainable use of natural resources and the widespread damage and degradation of fragile ecosystems are of serious concern. Yet, there are in evidence many successful examples at the
level of sub-regions, states and provinces, towns, cities and villages where local communities have created solutions and set in motion initiatives, which provide hope and examples worthy of emulation. Why is it then that, while the world has found in several cases such inspiring models of sustainable development, globally there remains a wall of resistance and a huge volume of inertia that limits the acceptance of good solutions?
DSDS 2011 would mobilise leadership from every corner of the globe, and from every sector of human activity, to focus on the deeper malaise that accounts for the current phase of global inertia. It will create momentum going forward by exploring the means by which enlightened solutions being provided in several parts of the world at the local level can be applied globally.
Prime Minister of India
Dr Manmohan Singh inaugurates DSDS 2010
"The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, has,
under the able and far-sighted leadership of Dr
R K Pachauri, earned well-deserved respect and
international acclaim for its contributions to
the global effort in meeting the twin challenges
of energy security and climate change."
"Some aspects of the science that is reflected
in the work of the IPCC have faced criticism.
But this debate does not challenge the core projections
of the IPCC about the impact of greenhouse gas
accumulations on temperature, rainfall and sea
level rise. Let me here assert that India has
full confidence in the IPCC process and its leadership
and will support it in every way that it can.”
represents a unique opportunity, because it is
the first such gathering of world leaders where
we would be assessing what was achieved and what
was left out in Copenhagen. On the basis of discussions
that take place here, leaders of thought and action
who are gathered here can decide what steps are
now required to give us a solid and firm outcome
World CEO Forum sets the
stage for DSDS 2010
Raising the curtains on DSDS 2010,
the World CEO Forum firmly brought the spotlight on the overarching
theme - ‘Vision for a Sustainable Tomorrow: business as a game
Organised by TERI BCSD (Business Council for Sustainable development)
India, a partner of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable
Development), Geneva, this unique global gathering of CEOs saw
these leaders prepared to build their thoughts around three
pillars of discussions - Vision 2050: the new agenda for business;
Green Economy: a transformation to address climate change and
multiple crises; and Water: the new challenge for the 21st century.
At the inaugural session, Dr R K Pachauri, President, TERI
BCSD India & Director General, TERI, and Mr Bjoern Stigson,
President, WBCSD, welcomed all the business leaders. Other dignitaries
present on the occasion included - Mr Yvo de Boer, Executive
Secretary, UNFCCC; and Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau
of Energy Efficiency.
Inauguration of ICCE (International
Climate Change Exhibition) 2010
Providing a platform
for 34 leading exhibitors to showcase their cutting
edge climate change technologies and projects
to a global market, TERI (The Energy and Resources
Institute) organized the third International Climate
Change Exhibition on the sidelines of DSDS 2010.
Inaugurating the exhibition, Dr Farooq Abdullah,
Union Minister, Ministry of New and Renewable
Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India, hailed it as an
excellent platform for companies to showcase their
new environment-friendly technologies that facilitate
low carbon growth, and for the public to become
aware of such technologies that can contribute
towards effective adaptation to climate risks.
In order to provide a momentum to the solution-finding
process, the exhibitors, including major companies,
international NGOs and government agencies, are
demonstrating new technologies, products, and
services aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
The exhibition also showcases examples of successful
transfer of technologies for greenhouse gas reductions,
and builds capacity and knowledge on climate change
among different stakeholders.
In the collective effort to combat climate change,
ICCE is more relevant now than ever in creating
public awareness on ways to mitigate adverse impacts
of climate change caused due to anthropogenic