With the aim of widening the scope and outreach of the WSDS, a series of pre-events in the form of Regional Dialogues are held throughout the country, prior to the Summit. The discussions and deliberations held during the Regional Dialogues are brought forward to the main Summit stage where they are further matured and discussed in-depth by experts and practitioners from relevant fields.
In 2017, Regional Dialogues were held in:
TERI in collaboration with the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) hosted the first pre-event in the run-up to the 2018 edition of the WSDS. The Kolkata Regional Dialogue held on February 28, 2017 addressed key urban issues related to the realms of – waste, water management and sustainable habitat.
IFAT India, India's leading environmental trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling along with TERI organized a conference named, Environmental Technologies Conference in Mumbai from September 26-27, 2017. IFAT India facilitated an additional high class dialogue with multiple stakeholder groups, including representatives notably from industries like air and water management, environment and waste management
TERI organized the 'Bengaluru Regional Dialogue on Sustainable Development' on December 22, 2017 to disseminate and debate the findings related to made by the group at TERI's Bangalore. The group also looked at Karnataka’s Sustainable Development and the challenges in moving forward.
The conference initiated multi stake-holder discussions around specific sustainable development issues, in Power, Water, Agriculture, Urban issues, Traffic, Health, Education, and other issues.
2017 also witnessed an International Dialogue held in Suva, Fiji where TERI as Knowledge Partner hosted the India – Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference on the theme of, ‘Furthering the FIPIC Agenda through Sustainability Initiatives’. WSDS had the honour of HE Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, Government of Republic of Fiji’s presence at the Summit in February, 2018.