Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All

14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

6-8 February, 2014 | Taj Palace, New Delhi, India


Speakers at #DSDS14 share their thoughts on attaining Energy, Water and Food Security.

Mr Arun Maira,
Member, Planning Commission, Government of India

"In order to adopt sustainable solutions faster, it is important to start understanding the benefits."

Mr Kofi Annan,
Chairman, Kofi Annan Foundation & Former Secretary-General, United Nations

"With courage, vision and a renewed spirit of solidarity, we can move decisively towards a truly sustainable development path."

HE Dr Bharrat Jagdeo,
Former President, Guyana

"Countries should cooperate to find solutions to global problems, even if they are not affected themselves."

Sir Jonathon Porritt,
Founder-Director, Forum for the Future

"while speaking on sustainable transportations stated that "The transport department considers itself isolated but the whole problem should be dealt with holistically"

Mr Takehiko Nakao,
President, Asian Development Bank

"Business-as-usual will not achieve water, food and energy security. We need to raise awareness that food wasted is water and energy wasted. And that water wasted is often energy wasted."

Ms Amina J Mohammed,
Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning

"Using sustainable development to eradicate poverty is the way to go."

Dr Kandeh K Yumkella,
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All & Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

"Sustainable development requires doubling the rate of energy efficiency and the share of renewables in energy sector."

Dr Yuan Tseh Lee,
Nobel Laureate & President, International Council for Science

"Everyone deserves to live a decent life. But unfortunately, the well-to-do people are consuming way too much and are overloading the earth's life support system"

Mr Anand Mahindra,
Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra

"Erase the dichotomy between sustainability and profit"

HE Mr Danny Faure,
Vice President, Seychelles

"Blue Economy is a template of sustainable development"

Ms Naina Lal Kidwai,
Country Head, HSBC India & Director, HSBC Asia Pacific

"Articulation of a problem is vital; people connect with water issues, but glaze over the melting of a glacier."

Mr Ravi Pandit,
Chairman and Group CEO, KPIT Technologies Ltd

"Sustainable change can be brought using four levers – social awareness, policy planning, economic model and innovative technology."

Dr Bindu N Lohani,
Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank

"We can't think of water as a onetime commodity; it has to be seen as a whole, as a water cycle."

Rt Hon'ble Gregory Barker,
Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK

"Today, a resource-efficient business has a distinct competitive advantage over those who are not."

Mr Assad Razzouk,
Group Chief Executive Officer, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

"Climate change movement needs to be as effective as the HIV AIDS movement to achieve results."

Mr John Bryson,
Head, Bryson Climate Initiative, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars & Former Secretary of Commerce, USA

"We not only need leaders but people who want change and make a difference."

Mr Ajay Vir Jakhar,
Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum, India)

"While climate change should be a top down approach, food security is a bottom up approach."

Mr Jake Schmidt,
International Climate Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

"The way we use energy now has a big impact not only on present water resources, but also on the future of water security."

Mr Jack Andraka,

"Youth must become more than just an interest group in global climate change."

Mr Nitin Sethi,
Senior Assistant Editor, The Hindu

"The underlying issue in sustainability that needs to be brought out more is equity."

Mr Ali Tauqeer Sheikh,
CEO, LEAD Pakistan & National Program Director and Asia Regional Director, CDKN

"We need equity in MDGs and responsibility about sustainability among communities."

HE Mr Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji,
Minister of Agriculture & Forests, Bhutan

"We will not let our carbon emissions exceed what our forests can sequester"

Lord John Prescott,
Former Deputy Prime Minister & Member of Parliament, House of Lords, UK

"We have enough food, water & energy. It's how we're distributing these that we need to change."

Dr Georges Valentis,
Managing Director, Veolia Environment Institute

"We need to propagate the re-usage of safe water for irrigation to address energy and food needs at the same time."