Agenda - WSDS 2020, New Delhi

WSDS 2022 Agenda

February 16, 2022

(Group A)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Responsible climate action towards a low carbon & resilient pathway: An inclusive worldview at Kanha

11:30 am - 1:00 pm MSMEs and Climate Resilience at Bhadra

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Research and Innovation Outlook for Industry Decarbonization in India at Chinnar

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Enabling partnerships to promote standards and business best practices on resource efficiency at Kaziranga

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through Carbon and Climate Finance – Forest Sector Experiences from Global South at Hemis

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Breaking Barriers: Youth and Agriculture at Sariska

11:30 am - 1:00 pm From Grey to Green: Roadmap for India on the Path to Net Zero 1 at Sundarbans

CEO Forum
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Reorienting Market Economies and Accelerating Development of Green Technologies for Sustainable Development Goals at Gir Auditorium


  • Mr Manish Chourasia, Managing Director, Tata CleanTech Capital Ltd.

Leadership Addresses

  • Dr María Mendiluce, Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business Coalition, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mr Hussain Al Mahmoudi, Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park
  • Mr. Sunil Duggal, Group Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta Limited
  • Mr. Rohit Chandra, Chief Executive Officer, OMC Power Pvt Ltd
  • Mr Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman & CEO, ReNew Power Private Limited
  • Mr Mahendra Singhi, Chief Executive Officer, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited
  • Mr Alexander Slater, Deputy Managing Director, U.S.-India Business Council
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Media Colloquium
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Role of Communications as a Means for Shaping Public and Political Perceptions and Attitudes on Climate Action at Gir Auditorium


  • Mr Vikram Chandra, Founder, Editorji


  • Ms Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian
  • Ms Bahar Dutt, Environmental Journalist and Conservation Biologist
  • Mr Himanshu Shekhar Mishra, Senior Editor, NDTV
  • Ms Jayashree Nandi, Environment Journalist, The Hindustan Times
  • Dr Rajiv Chhibber, Vice President - External Affairs, Sahajanand Medical Technologies
Thematic Tracks (Group B)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Strategies to Decarbonize Transport Sector - Multi-sectoral approach at Sundarbans

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Driving a just transition to renewable energy in India at Kanha

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Financing Energy Transition in India at Bhadra

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): Regulatory and Policy Implications for India at Chinnar

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Financing the implementation of the India Cooling Action Plan at Kaziranga

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Evidence based action planning to achieve clean air at Hemis

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm People-Centred Transition – An Indian Perspective at Sariska

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Inaugural Session
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Ambition and Action in the Critical Decade for addressing Climate Change and Realizing Sustainable Development at Gir Auditorium

Welcome Address

  • Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, Governing Council, The Energy and Resources Institute

Opening Address

  • Shri Bhupender Yadav, Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change

Keynote Addresses

  • H.E. Dr Irfaan Ali, President of the Republic of Guyana
  • Ms Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Inaugural Address by Chief Guest

  • Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi

Announcement of Sustainable Development Leadership Award

  • Acceptance Speech by Awardee - Mr Michael Rubens Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Vote of Thanks

  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Break
Ministerial Session
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Leadership in Developed Countries: Reconciling the Role of States and Markets for Sustainable Consumption and Production  at Gir Auditorium


  • Mr Arne Walther, Former Chairman, International Energy Agency
  • Mr Manjeev Singh Puri, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Ministerial Addresses 

  • Mr John Forbes Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States
  • Mr Espen Barth Eide, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Ms Steffi Lemke, Hon'ble Minister, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany
  • Mr Steven Guilbeault, Hon'ble Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Ottawa, Canada
  • Ms Emma Kari, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
  • Ms Barbara Pompili, Hon'ble Minister of Ecological Transition, France
  • Ms Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Spain

February 17, 2022

Thematic Tracks (Group C)
10:00 am - 11:30 am Enablers for SAPCC Revision and Implementation at Sundarbans

10:00 am - 11:30 am Towards industrial decarbonization in India: Key enablers and opportunities at Kanha

10:00 am - 11:30 am Plastics and Circular Economy: Making EPR Workable at Bhadra

10:00 am - 11:30 am CEO Roundtable: Holistic Sustainability as an Industry Growth Agenda to Shape India’s Climate Ambition at Chinnar

10:00 am - 11:30 am Futurists for the Future: A Younger, Greener Collective at Kaziranga

10:00 am - 11:30 am Electrification of Heavy-Duty Vehicles – An Emergent Economic Opportunity at Hemis

10:00 am - 11:30 am Emerging Opportunities towards Sustainable Packaging Solutions at Sariska

11:30 am - 12:00 pm


Ministerial Session
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Leadership in Developing Countries: Reconciling Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Resilient Development at Gir Auditorium


  • Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Ministerial Addresses

  • Dr Yasmine Fouad, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Environment, Egypt
  • Ms Khadeeja Naseem, Hon'ble Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Maldives
  • Ms Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

Special Addresses

  • Mr Seydou Bari SIDIBE, Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Guinea
  • Dr Junaid Kamal Ahmad, India Country Director, The World Bank
  • Mr Kamal Kishore, Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Special High Level Session
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm COP Charter of Actions- From Glasgow to Sharm el-Sheikh at Gir Auditorium


  • Mr RR Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Science Leadership Address

  • Prof Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization

Keynote Address

  • Ms Leena Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India

COP Leadership Addresses

  • Rt Hon Alok Sharma, COP26 President & Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Mr Sameh Shoukry, Hon’ble Foreign Minister, Egypt

Special Addresses

  • Mr Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Studies
  • Mr Stig Traavik, Director of the Department for Climate and Environment, NORAD, Norway
  • Ms Deepali Khanna, Managing Director-Asia, Rockefeller Foundation
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm


Ministerial Session
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Sub-national Leadership for Inclusive Green Growth at Gir Auditorium


  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI
  • Mr Ajay Shankar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI

Ministerial Addresses

  • Mr Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister of Environment, Government of Maharashtra
  • Dr Palanivel Thiagarajan, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Tamil Nadu
  • Mr James K Sangma, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Power, Government of Meghalaya

Special Addresses

  • Mr Dipak Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Department, Government of Bihar
  • Mr Atul Bagai, Country Director – India, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Mr Shantanu Gotmare, Commissioner & Secretary, Government of Assam
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm


Plenary Session
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Multilateralism and Global Action in the Anthropocene for Planetary Resilience at Gir Auditorium


  • Mr Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, TERI 

Keynote Addresses  

  • Ms Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  
  • Mr Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD  
  • Mr Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the European Green Deal

Leadership Addresses 

  • Dr Bambang Susantono, Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank  
  • Mr John Roome, Regional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development, World Bank Group
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Plenary Session
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Global Commons Beyond Sovereign Domains- Oceans, Atmosphere and Biodiversity at Gir Auditorium


  • Dr Shailly Kedia, Senior Fellow, TERI

Science Leadership Addresses

  • Prof Jan Zalasiewicz, Chair, Anthropocene Working Group, International Commission on Stratigraphy & Prof Mark Williams, Professor, University of Leicester
  • Prof Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University

Leadership Addresses

  • Dr Bruno Oberle, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador, Embassy of France
  • Mr Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Ambassador, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi
  • Mr Raphael Goulet, Head of Unit for Ocean Governance, Law of the Sea and Arctic Policy, European Commission

(Launch of Vasundhara [9th Edition], a Student Magazine of TERI School of Advanced Studies)  

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Plenary Session
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm Women Leadership and Our Common Future at Gir Auditorium


  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI


  • Mr Shreyas Joshi, Young Professional, TERI

Leadership Addresses

  • Prof Laurence Tubiana, Chief Executive Officer, European Climate Foundation
  • Ms Rachel Kyte, Dean, Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Ms Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Group
  • Ms Kate Hampton, Chief Executive Officer, Children's Investment Fund Foundation
  • Ms Mercy Wanja Karunditu, Deputy Executive Director, The Green Belt Movement
  • Ms Xiye Bastida, Co-founder, Re-Earth Initiative

February 18, 2022

Youth Plenary
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Intergenerational Conversations towards Systemic Transformations for Achieving Climate Justice at Gir Auditorium

Opening Remarks

  • Mr Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan, New Delhi
  • Mr Vincenzo De Luca, Ambassador of Italy to India, New Delhi


  • Dr Livleen Kahlon, Senior Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute

Youth Leadership Addresses

  • Ms Vanessa Nakate, Climate Activist, Uganda
  • Ms Laura de Vries, European Climate Pact Ambassador in Netherlands
  • Ms Ridhima Pandey, Climate Activist, India
  • Mr Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder, Environmentalist Foundation of India

Intergenerational Dialogue between Youth Leaders and Moderator

Youth Climate Conclave Pledge

Youth Climate Conclave Awards

Green Olympiad Awards

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Plenary Session
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Meeting the Twin Goals- Energy Security and Resource Security at Gir Auditorium


  • Mr Suman Bery, Non-Resident Fellow, Bruegel

Leadership Addresses

  • Lord Adair Turner, Chairman, Energy Transitions Commission
  • Dr Janez Potočnik, Co-chair, International Resource Panel
  • Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance
  • Dr Youba Sokona, Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 
  • Dr Shonali Pachauri, Research Group Leader, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Launch of Book
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Launch of Book - Concerned Citizen Series “Sun through the Roof” (A Series by TERI Alumni Association)



  • Mr Rakesh Kacker, President, TERI Alumni Association


  • Dr Anshu Bharadwaj, Chief Executive Officer, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
  • Dr Suneel Deambi, Book Author
Thematic Tracks (Group D)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Global Agenda for Industry Transitions – Relevance, Challenges and Opportunities for India at Sundarbans

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Climate Resilience through Solar Irrigation at Kanha

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Reducing Plastic and Chemical Pollution to the Marine Environment at Bhadra

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Data-driven Governance for Urban Resilience in Smart Cities at Chinnar

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Fostering Energy Transitions in India at Sariska

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Improving Air Quality in Cities- Global issues, local solutions and best practices at Kaziranga

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm The role of nature in the “Decade of Action” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development at Hemis

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm


Plenary Session
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Planetary Health, Humanitarian and Equity Implications of Sustainable Development Policies at Gir Auditorium


  • Ms Priya Shankar, India Director, Environment and Climate Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies  

Science Leadership Address 

  • Prof Anthony Capon, Professor, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Melbourne 

Leadership Addresses 

  • Dr Erik Solheim, President Green Belt and Road Institute  
  • Mr Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director, The Nobel Foundation  
  • Mr Manish Bapna, President & CEO, Natural Resources Defense Council  
  • Mr Ranjit Barthakur, Founder & President, Balipara Foundation  
  • Dr Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation 
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm


In Memoriam
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Release of a Book and Archives on Dr. RK Pachauri at Gir Auditorium


  • Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, Governing Council, TERI 

Reflections by Family Members, Colleagues and Friends 

  • Dr Saroj Pachauri, Director, POP Movement 
  • Dr Ash Pachauri, Senior Mentor and Co-founder, POP Movement 
  • Dr Mac McQuown Partner, Co-Founder, and Director, Diversified Credit Investments, San Francisco  
  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director-General, TERI 
In conversation
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm A Dialogue with Sadhguru on Our Fragile Planet
Valedictory Session
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Collective Action for Ensuring a Sustainable and Equitable Future at Gir Auditorium

Chairman’s Remarks  

  • Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, Governing Council, TERI  

Release of Act4Earth Manifesto and Act4Earth Strategy Paper  

  • Ms Nivedita Cholayil, Research Associate, TERI
  • Ms Anuradha Mathur, Associate Fellow, TERI  

Keynote Address: The Next Big steps for Multilateralism on Act4Earth  

  • HE Mr Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister, Maldives, President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly 

Special Remarks  

  • Ms Kathleen McGinty, Vice President & Chief Sustainability Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Johnson Controls  
  • Mr Manjeev Singh Puri, Distinguished Fellow, TERI   


  • Dr Shailly Kedia, Senior Fellow, TERI 

Closing Remarks  

  • Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director-General, TERI 

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