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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Ensuring sustainable livelihoods:

challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio+10
8 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi

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    9 February 2002: Dinner session

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Ambassador Arne Walther
Director-General, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

"Rich countries must use energy efficiently, keeping the needs of the poor nations in mind."



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Shri Suresh P Prabhu
Hon’ble Minister for Power, Government of India

"If the livelihoods of people are not sustainable, one cannot expect peace and harmony in the world."



Session summary


Ambassador Arne Walther underlined the importance of energy for economic and social development, and preservation of natural resources for sustainable development. He said that though coal is available in abundance, its use as a primary source of energy is causing concern for climatic change. He expressed need for active participation between India and Norway as Norway meets its electricity needs through clean hydro-electricity and India has competence in the development and use of renewable sources of energy.

Mr Suresh P Prabhu congratulated TERI for holding DSDS 2002 and taking the initiative ofputting the issues of sustainable development at the forefront—literally forcing the government to ‘act correctly’. He expressed solidarity with the concerns raised and hoped that the event will be held annually.

He said that world has to act as a ‘unified ecosystem’ and think of ensuring concrete global actions to address the environmental issues. Talking on India’s initiatives, he said that though there are no obligations for the country to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, the country has been doing so voluntarily and umpteen policies and environmental laws have been framed to support it. He explained how the country is trying to increase the use of renewable energy for power generation and achieve the global communities’ commitment to ‘provide electricity to all’ on its own.

He concluded with a strong emphasis on Rio + 10 providing support to countries like India that have not signed the treaty but are generating green power and addressing the challenges of sustainable livelihood. He reiterated that providing technology options to such nations can only be the foundation of peace in world and expressed hope that global community will not disappoint him and Rio + 10 will bring new options and aspirations.