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The DSDS series
Firm belief in the potential of cooperative
decision-making fuels TERIs zeal to organize various local, regional, and global
forums on topical issues. DSDS (Delhi Sustainable Development Summit) 2003 will be the
third in a series endorsed unanimously by the world leaders who attended TERIs silver jubilee conferences (1821
February 2000) and the subsequent DSDS 2001 (79
February 2001) and DSDS 2002 (811 February
2002). While DSDS 2001 dealt with Poverty: the global challenge for governments, industry,
scientists, and civil society, the focus of DSDS 2002 was on Ensuring Sustainable
Livelihoods: challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio + 10.
Besides providing knowledge and directions to the Johannesburg WSSD (World Summit on
Sustainable Development), DSDS 2002 was also able to recharge the political momentum and
enthusiasm of all involved in the Rio + 10 process.
Possibly the sole forum on global issues taking place in the developing world, the DSDS
strives to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by
assembling the worlds most enlightened leaders and thinkers. With expressions of
commendation from across the globe, the DSDS series is poised to emerge as a landmark
event addressing issues pertinent to the future of humanity.
The Rio Earth Summit of 1992 underlined the
imperative of integrating economic growth, social justice, and environmental concerns to
satisfy the world without ravaging the earth. The awareness, unfortunately, has not been
fully translated into action on the scale required to achieve true sustainability.
Recognizing the need for action, the WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development) had
set priorities for the same and resolved to make a concerted endeavour to realize the
vision of a safe, just world that fulfils the needs of present and future generations. The
deliberations at DSDS 2003 will essentially focus on translating these priorities into
action. It will also add value to the WSSD process through many action-oriented
suggestions for the global community to realize the goal of sustainable development.
TERI hopes to revitalize global commitment to sustainable development as a shared future
goal. Nobel laureates, political leaders, leading decision-makers from governments,
bilaterals, and multilaterals, heads of corporates, high-level functionaries from the
diplomatic corps, scientists, mediapersons, researchers, and representatives of
non-governmental organizations from across the world will attend DSDS 2003.