Agenda - WSDS 2023, New Delhi
WSDS 2024 Agenda

February 07, 2024

8:00 am - 6:00 pm Registrations at The Hub

10:00 am - 10:45 am Climate Action, Peace, and Spirituality at Stein Auditorium

Guided Meditation for Healing the Self and the Planet

  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director-General, TERI
  • BK Shivani, Rajyog Teacher, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization
Leadership Panel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Financing Sustainable Development and Climate Action at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr Dipak Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Ministerial Address

  • H.E. Ms Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, Minister, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Spain
  • H.E. Mr Andreas Bjelland Eriksen, Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway**

Leadership Address

  • Mr Martin Raiser, Vice President for South Asia Region, The World Bank


  • Dr Amar Bhattacharya, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Grantham Research Institute, LSE
  • Ms Priya Shankar, India Director, Climate and Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Ms Pamela Jouven, Director, SME Climate Hub, We Mean Business Coalition
  • Dr Dhruba Purkayastha, India Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Leadership Panel
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Integrating Sustainable Development for Collective Action at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Leadership Message

  • H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, and President, Global Green Growth Institute**
  • Dr Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme**


  • Mr Manish Bapna, President & CEO, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Ms Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Chief Group Public Affairs Officer & Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra Group
  • Ms Vaishnavi  Prabhakaran, Head Sustainability, The Tata Power Company Limited
  • Dr Akanksha Chaurey, Director, IT Power Private Limited

Launch of SDG Blueprint Policy Brief

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Lunch at The Hub

Leadership Panel
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Shaping Climate Responsive Futures at Stein Auditorium

Ministerial Address

  • Mr Mukhtar Babayev, Minister, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Republic of Azerbaijan**

Leadership Address

  • Ms Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action Federal Foreign Office of Germany*
  • Prof Hoesung Lee, Former Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


  • Ms Deepali Khanna, Vice President, Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Mr Perumal Arumugampillai Kalyani, Manager - Mitigation Division, UNFCCC
  • Mr Joe Phelan, Executive Director, Asia Pacific, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Moderator: Ms Suruchi Bhadwal, Senior Fellow & Director, TERI

Leadership Panel
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Addressing the Energy Trilemma in a Resource Constraint World at Silver Oak Hall

  • Mr Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman & CEO, ReNew Power Private Limited
  • Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, The International Solar Alliance
  • Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission
  • Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga, Senior Director of Energy, Asian Development Bank
  • Mr Girish Sethi, Senior Fellow & Senior Director, TERI
  • Ambassador Arne Walther, Former Secretary General of International Energy Forum
  • Dr Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All**

Moderator: Ms Urmi Goswami, Assistant Editor, The Economic Times

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Refreshments at The Hub

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm TERI@50 – The Role of Knowledge Institutions in Driving Leadership and Change at Stein Auditorium

National Anthem

Lighting the lamp

  • Hon'ble Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Vice President of India
  • H.E. Brigadier (Retd) Mark Phillips, Prime Minister, Guyana
  • Shri Bhupender Yadav, Hon'ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI
  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI
  • Dr Shailly Kedia, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, TERI

Launch of Publication – TERI’s Solutions for Sustainable Development

National Anthem

High-level Opening Ministerial
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Leadership in the Time of Polycrisis at Stein Auditorium

Initial Interventions/ Statements

  • H.E. Brigadier (Retd) Mark Phillips, Prime Minister, Guyana
  • H.E. Mr Vatimi Rayalu, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Waterways, Fiji
  • H.E. Mr Willie Tokataake, Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy, Kiribati
  • Mr P. Mudalige, Director General (Planning), Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka

Message by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India


  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI
  • Mr Manish Bapna, President & CEO, Natural Resources Defense Council

Moderator: Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Special Event (by invite only)
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Cocktail Dinner Hosted by NRDC on their First Anniversary in India at Silver Oak 1

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Dinner at The Hub

February 08, 2024

8:30 am - 6:00 pm Registrations at The Hub

Special Session
9:30 am - 10:00 am Special Session by TERI Alumni Association on Visionary Institution Building at Stein Auditorium

  • Dr Priyanka Kochhar, President, TERI Alumni Association (TAA)
  • Dr Saroj Pachauri, Public Health Expert
  • Dr Veena Joshi, TAA Member
  • Dr Akanksha Chaurey, Director, IT Power Private Limited
  • Dr Ash Pachauri, Founder, POP Movement
  • Dr Rajiv Chhibber, Vice President, Sahajanand Medical Technologies Ltd
  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI
Leadership Panel
10:15 am - 11:15 am Infrastructure, Resilience and Oceans at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI

Ministerial Address

  • H.E. Mr Vatimi Rayalu, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Waterways, Fiji
  • H.E. Mr Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries European Commission**

Leadership Address

  • Prof Celeste Saulo, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization**

Interactive Discussions

  • H.E. Ms May-Elin Stener, Norwegian Ambassador to India
  • Mr Amit Prothi, Director General, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
  • Ms Shloka Nath, CEO, India Climate Collaborative
  • Mr Himanshu Shekhar Mishra, Senior Editor, NDTV India
11:15 am - 11:30 am Transition to Thematic Tracks
Thematic Track (Group A)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Approach for Operationalizing State Level Sub-national REDD+ in India at Silver Oak 1

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Market and Finance Instruments to Propel Climate Action at Magnolia

11:30 am - 1:00 pm A Roadmap for Mainstreaming Inclusive Climate Action Planning in Urban Landscapes at Silver Oak 2

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Regional and Local Air Quality Management Planning in India at Juniper

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Just Transition Framework for a Sustainable Future In India's Coal Mining Regions at Casuarina

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Understanding Sustainability Dimensions of Bio-CNG in India at Jacaranda 1

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Decarbonising Freight in India: Turning Ambition to Action at Jacaranda 2

11:30 am - 1:00 pm India's Electricity Transition Pathways to 2050 at Gulmohar

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Integrated Impact: Reimagining CSR, ESG, and Philanthropy for Local, National and Global Progress at TERI Social Room

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Media Roundtable on Leadership for Sustainable Development and Climate Justice at Marigold

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Mobilizing Finance for Low-Carbon Transition in India: Role of Green Bonds and Partnerships at TERI Conference room

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security: Exploring Climate Action and SDG Synergies at Maple

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch at The Hub

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 16th Convocation Ceremony of TERI School of Advanced Studies at Stein Auditorium

Thematic Track (Group B)
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Reducing Plastic and Chemical Waste in the Marine Environment at Juniper

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Progress and Adoption of Alternate Engines and Future Fuels for Sustainable Maritime Transport at Silver Oak 1

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Moving beyond strategies: The gender factor in the dynamics of energy entrepreneurship at TERI Social Room

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm High - Level Convening of Industry Charter for Near Zero Emissions by 2050 at TERI Conference room

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Net Zero Possibilities in Textile Wastewater Treatment at Gulmohar

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Just Transitions for Land-based Climate Action in India at Jacaranda 2

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Sustainable Skylines: Enabling Tomorrow's Architecture with a Web-Based Knowledge Hub on Advanced Building Materials and Energy-Efficient Design at Jacaranda 1

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Leading Collective Action for Greener Future at Casuarina

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Technologies for a Net Zero Iron & Steel Sector at Marigold

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Enhancing Planning, Institutional Frameworks and Capacities on Adaptation and Resilience at Magnolia

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Refreshments at The Hub

Thematic Track (Group C)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Synergistic Actions for SDGs and Climate Change at Marigold

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Challenges and solutions for reducing marine plastic pollution at Silver Oak 1

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Shaping the Future - the Path towards Net-Zero Future Fuels for Shipping. at TERI Conference room

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm FPOs & Bio-fuels: Empowering Agriculture, Emerging Tomorrow at Jacaranda 2

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Meeting of Chief Sustainability Officers at Silver Oak 2

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Lessons and Experiences from NbS Carbon Project Development in India at Jacaranda 1

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Advancing Sustainable Building Practices: Role of Laboratories and State-of-the-art Infrastructure to Enhance Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfort at Casuarina

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Energy storage: The key to the decarbonisation of electricity at Juniper

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Climate Finance: Catalyst for India's Energy Transition at Magnolia

Leadership Panel
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm Protecting Nature and Ecosystems- Towards Integrated Approaches at Stein Auditorium

Moderator: Ms Jayashree Nandi, Environment and Climate Correspondent, Hindustan Times

  • Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor; Director, Center for Sustainable Development in the Earth Institute, Columbia University*
  • Dr Erik Solheim, Sixth Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme; former Norwegian Minister*
  • Mr Avinash Persaud, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados**
  • Ms Temina Lalani-Shariff, Regional Director, CGIAR
  • Dr Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Country Representative, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Ms Bahar Dutt, Environment Journalist and Conservation Biologist
  • Mr Rajiv Tikoo, Consulting Editor (Sustainability), Outlook Group
  • Mr Ranjit Barthakur, Founder & President, Balipara Foundation


Launch of the Policy Brief - Enhancing Industrial Water Use Efficiency

  • Mr Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon'ble Union Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India**


Dr Vibha Dhawan (Director General, TERI), Mr Mannu Upadhyay (Director, Ministry of Jal Shakti), and Mr Anshuman (Director and Senior Fellow, TERI)

Dinner and Networking
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Cultural Evening and Cocktail Dinner hosted by Johnson Controls International at The Hub

  •  Cultural Performance by Students of The Modern School ECNCR, Delhi in cooperation with Act Now
  • Bhangra Dance by TAB Events

February 09, 2024

9:00 am - 6:00 pm Registrations at The Hub

Youth Plenary
10:00 am - 11:00 am Climate Justice as the North Star for Intergenerational Equity at Stein Auditorium

  • Ms Heeta Lakhani, Founder & Director, The ClimAct Foundation
  • Ms Prachi Shevgaonkar, Founder, Cool the Globe
  • Mr Ivan Ransom, Founder, Resilience 2020 - Mexico
  • Ms Sunaina Saxena, Editorial Team, TERI School of Advanced Studies 

Moderator: Dr Ash Pachauri, Founder, POP Movement

Launch of TSAS Vasudhara Magazine

GO-WSDS certificates to Youth

Cool it for the Climate – Competition Awards

Women Leadership Session
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Women-led Green Development at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Ms Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Sustainability, ReNew

  • Ms Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, World Biogas Association
  • Dr Purvi Mehta, Senior Advisor, Global Growth and Opportunities, Gates Foundation
  • Dr Dipankar Saharia, Senior Director, TERI
  • Dr Shailly Kedia, Senior Fellow, TERI
12:05 pm - 12:20 pm MoU Signing between Cenergist and TERI at Stein Auditorium

Leadership Panel
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Accelerating Business Actions for Realizing Sustainable Development Goals at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr Sanjay Seth, Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council; Senior Director-Sustainable Habitat Programme, TERI

  • Mr Manish Chourasia, COO - Corporate & Cleantech Finance, Tata Capital Limited
  • Ms Sugandha Gopal, Partner, JSA Advisors & Solicitors
  • Mr Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
  • Mr Vineet Handa, Founder, CEO, Kaizzen PR Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Ms Neha Upadhyay, Founder, Guna Organics
  • Dr Livleen Kahlon, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, TERI

Launch of TERI CBS Video

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch at The Hub

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Energy Transitions for People, Peace, Prosperity and our Planet
  • Shri R.K. Singh, Hon'ble Cabinet Minister (Power, New & Renewable Energy), Government of India
  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI

Special Announcement

Leadership Panel
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Sustainable Consumption, Lifestyles and Climate Transitions at Stein Auditorium

Chair: Mr RR Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Ministerial Address

  • H.E. Ms Minister Steffi Lemke, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany** 

Keynote Address

  • Prof Jim Skea, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change**


  • Ms Nameeta Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
  • Mr Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, The International Energy Agency
  • Mr Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation
  • Dr Tejal Kanitkar, Associate Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Mr Golo J. Pilz, Adviser, Brahma Kumaris
Valedictory Session
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Leadership for Achieving Sustainable Development and Climate Justice at Stein Auditorium

Chair’s Remarks

  • Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI

Leadership Address

  • H.E. Mr Eric Garcetti, United States Ambassador to the Republic of India
  • Mr Shombi Sharp, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India

Policy Perspective

  • Mr Amit Raj, Director, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India

Curator’s Summary

  • Dr Shailly Kedia, Curator, World Sustainable Development Summit

Launch of Act4Earth Manifesto

(Ms Madhuparna Maiti, Ms Palak Khanna, Ms Heena Makhija, Ms Shivangi Raj, Ms Ishita Srivastava)


Vote of Thanks

Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI

High Tea and Networking
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm High Tea and Networking at The Hub

*Virtual **Pre-recorded video message

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