About us

The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), TERI's flagship event, has been conceptualized as a single platform to accelerate action towards sustainable development and especially climate change. The WSDS series seeks to bring together the finest minds and leading thinkers of the world to focus attention on the challenge of sustainable development and has emerged as a landmark event addressing issues pertinent to the future of humanity.

This edition of WSDS builds on the success and legacy of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) which was the leading forum for discussing sustainable development issues. The DSDS held under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change with support from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India was an epitome of Track 2 diplomacy .

With an aim of expanding the scope and reach of the Summit to the global community, DSDS has now transitioned to WSDS.

WSDS 2016

WSDS 2016 was held in New Delhi from October 5-8, 2016 under the broad rubric of 'Beyond 2015: People, Planet & Progress', and it broadly focused on actions, on accelerated implementation of SDGs and NDCs.

The 4 days of discussions among different stakeholders clearly established that sustainability should not be a peripheral activity but should become a mainstream movement and that now is the time to translate all the promises to action.

Key Highlights of WSDS 2016

  • Inauguration by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee
  • Sustainable Development Leadership Award awarded to Shri Pawan Chamling (CM, Sikkim)
  • Mahindra announced that it had decided to impose an internal carbon price of USD10/Ton CO2 on all its investments
  • Signing of MoU between EU and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation



Heads of State & Government




Nobel Laureates


International & Indian Business Leaders