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WSDS 2020 | Towards 2030 Goals : Making the Decade Count

The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Started in 2001, the Summit has become a focal point for leaders and stakeholders across the world to bridge thought and action for sustainable development.


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Catch the best of what was said today at the World Sustainable Development Summit


Willing to provide A.P. energy-efficient solutions
2020-01-30 | The Hindu
EVs should become cheaper than traditional vehicles within three years: Amitabh Kant
2020-01-30 | TERI
Developed nations not acting on reducing carbon emissions: Javadekar
2020-01-29 | PTI
Clean air project for four cities launched, Javadekar urges rich nations to act on finance and tech transfer issues
2020-01-29 | The Times of India
कार्बन उत्सर्जन में कटौती के लिए कदम नहीं उठा रहे विकसित देश: जावड़ेकर
2020-01-29 | Quint Hindi
जलवायु परिवर्तन से निपटने के लिए ओपन सोर्स जैसा दृष्टिकोण ज़रूरी; सतत विकास लक्ष्य को प्राप्त करना है तो तकनीक और वित्त पर देना होगा ध्यान: प्रकाश जावड़ेकर
2020-01-29 | TERI

Youth Perspectives @ WSDS 2020

The world needs leadership on climate change and the youth are stepping up to the challenge. A group of young journalism undergraduates at WSDS 2020 share their impressions and perspectives.

WSDS 2020: Towards 2030 Goals: Making the last decade count
WSDS 2020: Success at COP 26
WSDS 2020: IFAT Delhi- Must see technologies in the fair


Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon'ble Minister, MoEFCC presents the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2020 to Prof. Jeffery D. Sachs, University Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University at WSDS 2020
Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon'ble Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) urged the developed countries to step up their contributions to climate action.
"No place in the world is as vulnerable to climate as India is," said Prof. Jeffery D. Sachs while outlining his energy decarbonisation approach for India at WSDS 2020.
WSDS 2020 Valedictory session on Future of Sustainability with Prof Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory & Chair - Grantham Research Institute, LSE; Mr. Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI; Mr Jayant Sinha, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, India; Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI
Mr Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, GoI delivering a keynote address at a panel discussion on SDG6.
At WSDS 2020, Shri C.K Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), said there is a need for scientific methods to address climate change rather than traditional approaches.
TERI's report 'Towards a Low Carbon Steel Sector' was released by Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, Honourable Union Minister of Steel, at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2020, TERI's flagship event
Supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), TERI launched Clean Air Project in India (CAP India) to improve air quality in Lucknow, Kanpur, Pune, and Nashik.
TERI presented measures to significantly curtail air pollution at the national level at a thematic session on “Multi-level Actions to Strengthen NCAP” supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Senior representatives from leading European companies already active in India signed an expression of interest reaffirming their commitment to co-create and implement the EU Excellence in India programme.

WSDS 2020 Speakers

Ms. Neha Fellow, Environment Education and Awareness Area
Mr. Chinmaya Kumar AcharyaChief Executive Officer (Interim)
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Dr. O P AgarwalIndia Country Director
World Resources Institute
Mr. Rajiv AgarwalHead of Public Policy for Uber India and South Asia
Mr. Rainer AgsterDirector of Operations
Mr. Kengo AkamineSenior Representative
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) India
Mr. Dan AllufCounsellor- International Cooperation
Embassy of Israel
Mr. A K AsthanaSenior Technical Spcialist
HE Mr. Ugo AstutoAmbassador of the European Union to India
Delegation of the European Union to India
Dr. Chandrasekhar AtlaPrincipal Engineer
Dr. Surendra BabuDeputy General Manager
Dr. Hemant Kumar BadolaFormer Advisor to Chief Minister, Govt of Sikkim on Biodiversity, Climate Change & Green Think Tank Facilitator, and Ex Scientist G
Freelance Expert (Biodiversity Conservation & Climate Change)
Mr. Atul BagaiCountry Head
United Nations Environment Programme
Mr. Deepak BaglaManaging Director & CEO
Invest India
Mr. Abhay BakreDirector General
Bureau of Energy Efficiency
Dr. Malini BalakrishnanSenior Fellow
Dr. Siddarthan BalasubramaniaSenior Adviser- Strategy
ClimateWorks Foundation
Mr. Anirban BanerjeeTeacher
Tata DAV Public School
Ms. Frances BeineckePresident Emerita
Natural Resources Defense Council
Mr. Suman K BeryNon-Resident Fellow
Mr. Pankaj BhatiaDeputy Director
Dr. J R BhattScientist G
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Ms. Poonam Bir KasturiFounder
Daily Dump
Dr. Siva Prasad BitraguntaScientist
Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI)
Mr. Shuvendu BoseSenior Energy Specialist
International Finance Corporation
Mr. Kundan BurnwalTechnical Advisor
Mr. Rajeev ChabaPresident & Managing Director
MG Motors
Mr. Subrata ChakrabartyManager, Climate,
WRI India
Mr. Subhash ChandraIFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest
Goa Forest Department
Dr. Ashish ChaturvediDirector - Climate Adaptation & Climate Finance
Mr. Swayandipta Pal ChaudhuriManaging Director & CEO
Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited
Mr. Raj ChengappaGroup Editorial Director- Publishing
India Today Group
Mr. Manish ChourasiaManaging Director
Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd
Ms. Brigitte ColletFrench Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, Renewable Energy and Prevention of Climate Risk
Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France
Ms. Marylaure Crettaz CorredorHead of Swiss Cooperation office
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Mr. Mukesh DadhichAsstt VP
BSES Yamuna Power Ltd
Mr. R K DasIFS, Chief Conservator of Forests (SFM)
Assam Forest Department
Mr. Rajib DasDGM
Dr. Ganesh DasChief Operating Officer
Mr. Debajit DasNational Project Coordinator
Mr. Pradeepta Kumar DasTeacher
Tata DAV Public School
Mr. Chandrashekhar DasguptaMember, Governing Board
Centre for Policy Research
Mr. Dipak DasguptaDistinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Ashvin DayalSenior Vice President, Power Initiative
The Rockefeller Foundation
Mr. Yvo de BoerAdvisor and Consultant
International Environmental Policy and Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
HE Mr. Vincenzo de LucaAmbassador of Italy to India
Embassy of Italy
Mr. Milind DeoreDirector
Bureau of Energy Efficiency
Mr. Nitin DesaiChairman
Dr. David EasterlingSpeaker
NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information
HE Mr. Hans Jacob FrydenlundAmbassador
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Mr. Joerg GaeblerPrincipal Advisor
Prof. Kelly GallagherProfessor Energy and Environmental Policy and Director, Climate Policy Lab
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Mr. Karthik GanesanResearch Fellow
Council of Energy, Environment and Water
Dr. Rajiv GargIFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Head of Forest Force
Uttar Pradesh Forest Department
Mr. Vijay GavarrajuProgram Manager- US India Clean Energy Finance
Climate Policy Initiative
Prof. Ashok GhoshChairman
Bihar State Pollution Control Board
Prof. Sadhan GhoshDean, Faculty of Engineering & Technology & Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Jadavpur University
Dr. Prodipto GhoshDistinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Dr. Arunabha GhoshCEO
Mr. Sohinder GillCEO- Global Business
Hero Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Debdas GoswamiSenior Adivsor
International Copper Association
Dr. Vikram GulatiCountry Head & Sr. Vice President
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Rajat GuptaSenior Partner
McKinsey & Company
Mr. Will HallAssociate Fellow
Dr. Adonai Herrera-MartinezDirector, Environmental Funds
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Ms. Aimi IsedaRepresentative
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) India
Mr. Parameswaran IyerSecretary to the Government of India
Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation
Mr. Amit JainSenior Energy Specialist
The World Bank Group
Ms. Anjali JaiswalSenior Director, India, International Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
Mr. Poul V. JensenManaging Director
European Business and Technology Centre
Mr. Jeevan Kumar JethaniDirector
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Dr. Livleen Kaur KahlonAssociate Director,Environmental Education and Awareness Area
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Mr. Saba KalamProgramme Officer
United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Ajay KaundalHOG (DSM)
Tata Power DDL
Ms. Ulka KelkarDirector, Climate program
WRI India
Ms. Mani KhuranaSenior Energy Specialist
World Bank Group
Mr. Manoj KohliCountry Head
SoftBank India
Mr. P R KumarCEO
BSES Yamuna Power Limited Delhi
Mr. Satyendra KumarDeputy Secretary
Ministry of Environment and Foreset
Mr. Anand KumarSecretary
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
Dr. Rajiv KumarVice Chairman
NITI Aayog
Prof. Kenneth KunkelLead Scientist for Asssessments
North Carolina State University
Ms. Mathsy KuttyRegional Manager - Green Initiatives
Infosys Limited
Dr. Amit LoveScientist 'D' / Joint Director , Ozone Cell
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), GoI
Dr. Rajeevan Madhavan NairSecretary to the Government of India
Ministry of Earth Sciences
Mr. Ajai MalhotraDistinguished Fellow & Sr. Advisor (Climate Change)
Dr. Ajay MathurDirector General
Dr. Prabhakar MathyamPrincipal Scientist
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Dr. Thomas Daniel MatteeSenior Science Consultant for Environemnt
Vital Strategies
Dr. Nils MaySenior Economist
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
HE Mr. Patrick MedecinAmbassador
Embassy of Monaco in India
Dr. Nisha MendirattaAdviser and Scientist 'G'
Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Mr. Vijay MenghaniChief Engineer
Central Electricity Authority , Ministry of Power
Ms. Geeta MenonJoint Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), GoI
Ms. Manju MenonCountry Manager- ACRA
Mr. Vikash MishraHead, External Relations
Lithium Urban Technology
Mr. Sanjay MitraProfessor of Practice
IIT Delhi
Mr. Vineet MittalChairman
Mr. Deb A MukherjeePresident Designate
BCC&I and MD Cenergist Energy Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Adarsh NagarajanPrincipal Scientist
National Renewable Energy Lab
Mr. Dr. Anindya Narayan BiswasCommisioner
Dpt. Of Power , GoWB
Mr. Arvind Kumar NautiyalJoint Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change
Mr. Sambit NayakMitigation Specialist- Asia Pacific
Climate Technology Centre & Network
Dr. Måns NilssonExecutive Director
Stockholm Environment Institute
Ms. Shoko NodaResident Representative
United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Ratan P. WatalMember Secretary
Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
Mr. Pradyumna Kumar PadhiCoordinating Teacher
Mount Litera Zee School
Dr. Jyoti Prasad PainulySr. Researcher
UNEP DTU Partnership, DTU
Dr. Ravinder PalakurthyAssistant Professor
Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Combating Climate Change
Mr. Laghu ParasharSenior Technical Advisor
Mr. S P S PariharChairman
Central Pollution Control Board
Mr. Shrashtant PataraSenior Vice President
Development Alternatives
Mr. Dharmendra PradhanMinister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Minister of Steel
Government of India
Mr. Nitin PrasadChairman
Shell Companies
Ms. Dana PurcarescuChargée d'affaires A.I.
Embassy of France in India
Mr. Manjeev Singh PuriFormer Ambassador
Embassy of India, Nepal
Mr. Dhruba PurkayasthaDirector for US India Clean Energy Finance Facility (USICEF)
Climate Policy Initiative’s (CPI)
Dr. Venkata Ramana PuttiProgram Manager
World Bank Group
Mr. Abhishek R RajanAdditional Vice President and Head Renewable, DSM & EE and Energy Analytics
BSES Rajdhani Power Limited
Mr. Ajay RaghavaJoint Director (CC)
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Dr. Jairam RameshMember of Parliament
Rajya Sabha
Mr. Vasudevan RangarajanVice President and Corporate Lead - Delhi
Edelman India
Mr. K. N. RaoDirector - Energy, Environment & Sustainability
ACC Limited
Dr. M. Sudheendra RaoChairman
Karnataka State Pollution control Board
Mr. Rajani Ranjan RashmiDistinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Vaibhav RathiTechnical Advisor-Climate Change
Dr. Vijeta RattaniTechnical Expert
Ms. Rajasree RayEconomic Adviser
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Dr. Y B ReddyAddl. General Manager (PV)
Mr. John RoomeRegional Director for Sustainable Development
World Bank Office
Ms. Harshitha S KumarHead Micro Grid & Energy Storage
L&T Construction
Prof. Jeffrey SachsUniversity Professor
Columbia University
Dr. S K SarkarDistinguished Fellow and Senior Director
Dr. O S SastryChief Technical Officer
Maxop Research & Testing Institute Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Pankaj Kumar SatijaChief- Regulatory Affairs
Tata Steel Limited
Mr. Jake SchmidtManaging Director, International Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
Ms. Rixa SchwarzTeam Leader International Climate Policy
Germanwatch e.V.
Mr. Amitava SenAssistant Vice President (Sustainability & Clean Technology)
Mr. Suvojoy SenguptaPartner
McKinsey & Company
Ms. Aditi ShahDirector
Aditi Aircoditioning Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Shwetal ShahTechnical Advisor
Gujarat Climate Change Department
Mr. Jasmine ShahVice Chairperson
Dialogue and Development Commission, Delhi Government
Ms. Priya ShankarIndia Director, Environment Program
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mr. Ajay ShankarDistinguished Fellow and Former Secretary, DIPP, GoI
The Energy and Resources Institute
Ms. Disha SharmaEnergy Efficiency Analyst- India
International Energy Agency
Dr. J V SharmaDirector - Forestry & Biodiversity Division, TERI
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Mr. Ashwin ShroffExecutive Chairman
Excel Industries Limited
Dr. Anand ShuklaSenior Thematic Advisor - Energy Climate Change and Development Division
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Mr. Damandeep SinghDirector
CDP India
Mr. Devesh SinghChief Risk Officer
PTC India Financial Services
Mr. Vikas SinghCTO
Hero Youon Private Limited (Hexi)
Mr. Gurdeep SinghChairman & Managing Director
NTPC Limited
Mr. Mudit Kumar SinghPrincipal Chief Conservator of Forest & Head of Forest Force Chhattisgarh and Nodal Officer
Chhattisgarh State Centre for Climate Change
Mr. Jarnail SinghDeputy Director
MacArthur Foundation
Ms. Tamiksha SinghAssociate Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Amal SinhaChief Executive Officer
BSES Rajdhani Power Limited
Mr. Jayant SinhaChairperson of the Standing Committee
For Finance and the BJP Lok Sabha
Dr. Preeti SoniChief-Climate Change, Resilience & Energy
United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Neil SpannManaging Director
Power Roll
Mr. Ganesh SrinivasanChief Executive Officer
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited
Dr. SC SrivastavaAssociate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering,IIT, Kanpur
Prof. Nicholas SternProfessor of Economics & Government; Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
London School of Economics & Political Science
Mr. Vivek SubramanianCo-Founder & Executive Director
Fourth Partner Energy
Prof. Kazuhiko TakeuchiPresident
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Mr. Bimal TandonDirector Engineering - India & Standards/Regulations South Asia
Carrier Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Limited
Ms. Ashrititest testtest
Mr. Lokendra ThakkarGeneral Manager and Coordinator
State Knowledge Management Center on Climate Change
Mr. Cherian ThomasRegional Leader, South Asia & Pacific and National Director, India
World Vision
Mr. Sameer TirkarPrincipal - Asia Pacific
ResponsAbility Investments
Prof. Geetam TiwariProfessor
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Mr. Vinod Kumar TiwariTeacher
Tata DAV Public School
Prof. Sachchida Nand Tripathiprofessor
Indian Institute of Technology
Mr. Aditya TrivediDirector - Business Development (India)
AES Corporation
Mr. David TurkHead of the Strategic Initiatives Office
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Lord Adair TurnerChair
Energy Transitions Commission
Ms. B V UmadeviIFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest
Chhattisgarh Forest Department
Dr. Haraprasad VaddiparthiAdvisor (Projects)
South East Constructions Company Pvt Ltd
Dr. Annapurna VancheswaranSenior Director
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Ms. Ruchi VarmaFounder & CEO
Mr. Subhash Chandra VashishthDirector
Svayam- Global Centre for Inclusive Environments
Mr. Ravi VermaHead-Strategic Affairs & Policy
Dr. Kalpana ViswanathCEO
Mr. Divyang WaghelaHead – Tata Water Mission (TWM)
Tata Trusts
Mr. Martin WrightChair
Positive News
Dr. Henning WuesterDirector
Initiative for Climate Action Transparency
Mr. Jitendra YadavFounder & CEO
Aikya Organics
Mr. Yuki YoshidaSecond Secretary (Environment)
Embassy of Japan in India

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