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DSDS 2002
DSDS 2001
TERI Silver Jubilee Celebrations

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sqb_t.gif (55 bytes) WSSD goals for water and sanitation: making it happen?
The WSSD has come up with ambitious goals for meeting the needs of clean water and sanitation for the poorest in the world by 2015. Innovative thinking and action and mobilization of finance and technology on a large scale are required to make it happen. This
session will focus on relevant institutional issues, indigenous solutions at the grass roots, and coordination between multilateral organizations, national governments, and other stakeholders for optimal utilization of resources.

sqb_t.gif (55 bytes) Meeting basic needs and protecting the environment
Despite decades of experience in different parts of the world in implementing programmes to meet the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, the world still has 2.8 billion people living on incomes less than $2 a day, and the degradation of the environment continues unabated at the global and local levels. The emphasis by the Secretary General of the United Nations on WEHAB (Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture and Biodiversity) provides a framework for meeting basic needs and protecting the environment. Efforts in the future would require coordination between various stakeholders including governments, corporate organizations and NGOs. The session would develop an approach for action for removing poverty and protecting the environment, with special focus on the WEHAB agenda, through coordination between different stakeholders.

sqb_t.gif (55 bytes) Environment, health, and education: solutions in a knowledge economy
Ensuring environmental protection and universal health/education requires solutions based on extensive dissemination of relevant knowledge. Innovative technologies and responsible corporate practices (beyond profit maximization) help conserve the environment. Modern
information technology and efficient knowledge dissemination can reach health/education to those outside the existing formal systems and ensure optimal resource utilization. Institutional and organizational structures should be developed in every sector, from public transport to basic education, to complement the new knowledge economy. This session will develop approaches for institutional solutions related to a knowledge-based future.

sqb_t.gif (55 bytes) Land use, forestry, and biodiversity
The UN's emphasis on biodiversity protection and studies of global trends underline the need to heal depleted, degraded forests and destroyed biodiversity. Solutions require a combination of legal, institutional, and economic initiatives with the application of science
and technology in areas where it has not happened earlier. Involving local communities and those dependent on forests and forest produce would be critical for success. This session will focus on policies for efficient and sustainable land use, regeneration of forestry resources,
and effective protection and regeneration of biodiversity across the world.

sqb_t.gif (55 bytes) The role of media in sustainable development
In the information age, the media's role in influencing public opinion and attitudes is paramount. It has unprecedented opportunity to create awareness about actions that ensure production and consumption in line with sustainable development objectives, not for short-term benefits that drive apart private and social costs/benefits. This session will focus on the media's responsibility to highlight issues relevant to sustainable development and to create awareness on subjects that promote sustainability.

sqb_t.gif (55 bytes) Governance issues in sustainable development
The experience of development programmes in recent decades has revealed the need for new structures of governance - more participative, gender-sensitive, and transparent. Reforming governance structures at global, national, and local levels is essential. The cardinal features
of a new structure at each level can emerge from insights gained through recent experiences. This session will address some of these issues and provide directions for change and reform in governance in the coming decades.

sqb_t.gif (55 bytes) Climate change: many paths, many stakeholders
The threat of climate change, as assessed and revealed by the IPCC's Third Assessment Report, is now an accepted reality with most organizations and decision-makers throughout the world. While the Kyoto Protocol is yet to be ratified, the global community must focus on
challenges beyond its first commitment period. It is also essential to create awareness about and implement policies leading to coordinated action between governments, corporates, and civil society. This session will focus on the challenge of climate change and how various
stakeholders can effectively meet it.



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