About WSDS 2023 Theme

The 22nd edition of the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)—the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS)—will be held from 22-24 February 2023 in New Delhi. The Summit deliberations will focus on the umbrella theme: Mainstreaming Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience for Collective Action.

The year 2022 marks an important milestone. It has been 50 years since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, popularly known as the 1972 Stockholm Conference. Fifty years on, the world has made many strides in bringing to the forefront the issues related to the environment, biodiversity loss, climate change, and has achieved many milestones in integrating sustainable development into the public, private and societal discourses. But we still have a long way to go.

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WSDS 2023 Speakers

Mr. Naseer AhamedMinister of Environment,
Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka
Dr. Sultan Al JaberCOP28 President Designate and Special Envoy for Climate Change
Ms. Mariam AlmheiriMinister of Climate Change and Environment
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Mr. Masatsugu AsakawaPresident
Asian Development Bank
Mr. Ugo AstutoAmbassador of the European Union to India
Delegation of the European Union
Mr. Siddarthan BalasubramaniaPrincipal Strategist
ClimateWorks Foundation
Mr. Manish BapnaCEO and President
Natural Resources Defense Council
Ms. Xiye BastidaCo-founder
Re-Earth Initiative
Mr. Suman . BeryVice Chairperson
NITI Aayog
Dr. Anshu BharadwajCEO
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Mr. László BorbélyState Counsellor to the Prime-Minister
Government of Romania
Dr. Rajiv ChhibberVice President
Sahajanand Medical Technologies Ltd
Mr. Manish ChourasiaManaging Director
Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd.
Ms. Helen ClarksonCEO
Climate Group
Mr. Jon CreytsCEO
Rocky Mountain Institute
Mr. Kartikeya DesaiFounder & CEO
Desai & Associates
Mr. Nitin DesaiChairman - Governing Council
The Energy and Resources Institute
Dr. Vibha DhawanDirector General
The Energy and Resources Institute
Ms. Bahar DuttAssociate Professor
Shiv Nadar University
Dr. Yasmine FouadMinister
Ministry of Environment of Egypt
Dr. Prodipto GhoshDistinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Mr. Zac GoldsmithLord
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Mr. H.E. Christophe GuilhouDirecteur du développement durable
Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires
Dr. Bharrat JagdeoVice President of Guyana
Government of Guyana
Ms. Nialé KabaMinister of Planning and Development
Government of Côte d'Ivoire
Mr. Rakesh KackerVice Chairman
TERI Alumni Association
Mr. Amitabh KantG20 Sherpa
G20 Secretariat
Dr. Livleen KaurAssociate Director
Ms. Deepali KhannaVice President
The Rockefeller Foundation
Ms. Aarti KhoslaDirector
Climate trends
Dr. Masahide KimotoPresident
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Dr. Priyanka KochharProfessor
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
Mr. Edwin KoekkoekCounsellor
European Union Delegation
Mr. Saurabh KumarHead (GEAPP India)
Global Energy Alliance for People & Planet
Ms. Heeta LakhaniFounder & Director
The ClimAct Initiative
Ms. Terhi LehtonenDeputy Minister, Ministry of Environment for Finland
Ministry of Environment for Finland
Ms. Gina Elisabeth LundCounty Governor
County Governor of Agder
Ms. Prathiba M. SinghJudge
Delhi High Court
Prof. Iain MartinVice-Chancellor
Deakin University
Dr. Vinod B MathurBureau Member
UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Dr. Ajay MathurDirector General
International Solar Alliance
Ms. Katie McGintyVP and Chief Sustainability Officer
Dr. Purvi MehtaDirector- Global Growth and Opportunities
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Mr. Himanshu Shekhar MishraSenior Editor (Political & Current Affairs)
New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV)
Ms. Soma MondalCHAIRMAN
Steel Authority of India Limited
Ms. Jennifer MorganState Secretary / Special Envoy for International Climate Action
Federal Foreign Office
Ms. Leena NandanSecretary
Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change
Ms. Jayashree NandiEnvironment/Climate Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Dr. Bruno OberleDirector General
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Ms. Damilola OgunbiyiSpecial Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Energy for All
Dr. Erik OlsenHead of Research Group for Sustainable Development
Institute of Marine Research
Mr. Hiroshi OnoVice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs
Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Dr. Suneel PandeyDirector
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Janos PasztorExecutive Director
Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative - C2G
Prof. Anand PatwardhanProfessor
University of Maryland, College Park
Ms. Seema PaulProgram Director
Sequoia Climate Foundation
Ms. Elba Rosa Pérez MontoyaMinister
Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment
Dr. Janez PotočnikCo-Chair
International Resource Panel
Mr. Amit ProthiDirector General
Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
Dr. Nurul QuadirSecretary and Former Negotiator
Society of Experts on Environment and Development
Mr. Michael R. BloombergUN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition & Solutions, Founder of Bloomberg LP
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dr. M RavichandranSecretary
Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
Prof. Jeffrey SachsPresident UN SDSN
Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Dr. Claudia SadoffExecutive Managing Director
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Mr. Jagjeet SareenPrincipal
Dalberg Advisors
Mr. Ovais SarmadDeputy Executive Secretary
UNFCCC UN Climate Change secretariat
Mr. A K SaxenaSenior Fellow and Senior Director
Mr. Girish SethiSenior Director-Energy Program
The Energy and Resources Institute
Mr. Ajay ShankarDistinguished Fellow
Prof. Prateek SharmaVice Chancellor
Ms. Prachi ShevagaonkarFounder & CEO
Cool The Globe
Prof. Lindiwe Majele SibandaSystem Board Chair
Ms. Kadri SimsonCommissioner for Energy
European Commission
Mr. Abhinav SinghDirector
Mr. Mahendra SinghiManaging Director & CEO
Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited
Mr. Sumant SinhaChairman & CEO
ReNew Power
Mr. Erik Solheim6th Executive Director
Mr. Bård Vegar SolhjellDirector General
Norad - Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Mr. Sarbananda SonowalMinister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
Mr. Achim SteinerUNDP Administrator
United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Simon Emmanuel Kervin StiellExecutive Secretary
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC
Dr. Soumya SwaminathanChairperson
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
Dr. Renu SwarupFormer Secretary
Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India
Prof. Kazuhiko TakeuchiPresident
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Mr. Rajiv TikooConsulting Editor - Sustainability
Outlook Group
Lord Adair TurnerChairman
Energy Transition Commission
Mr. Rasmus ValankoManaging Director
We Mean Business Coalition
Prof. Jean-Pascal van YperseleFormer IPCC Vice-Chair; Professor
Université catholique de Louvain
Mr. Arne WaltherIndependent Adviser and Former Diplomat
Prof. Mark WilliamsSchool of Geography, Geology and the Environment
University of Leicester
Dr. Henning WuesterDirector
Ms. Riddhima YadavNon-Resident Fellow, Board Director
The Aspen Institute, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Prof. Jan ZalasiewiczGeologist, lecturer
University of Leicester

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