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Indian PM inaugurates TERIs Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2013

Source: The Energy and Resources Institute - Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:35 PM
Author: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
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Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh calls for preserving our biological diversity and using it carefully, gainfully and judiciously.By: Zainab Naeem (TERI)/New Delhi, IndiaIndian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, inaugurated the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2013 organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) today at the Taj Palace Hotel.The 13th edition of DSDS focuses on the theme, ‘The Global Challenge of Resource-Efficient Growth and Development”. It is the first important meeting of global leaders following the June 2012, Rio+20 Summit. DSDS 2013 will take the Rio+20 deliberations forward, and examine what has been achieved and how awareness had been created; it will also attempt to define new directions to be followed; and set an agenda for further action.Delivering the inaugural address, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh congratulated TERI , saying, “I am very happy to be present here today in the midst of such a distinguished gathering on the occasion of the inaugural session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013. I would particularly like to extend a very warm welcome to the numerous foreign dignitaries who have come to Delhi from all over the world to attend this event.”Applauding TERI’s pathbreaking efforts towards resource efficiency, he further added “Since 2001, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit has evolved into a unique gathering in the global sustainable development calendar, attracting and providing a platform for some of the best minds and leaders from all over the world who have an abiding concern for protecting the fragile ecosystems of our planet. I congratulate The Energy and Resources Institute and Dr. Pachauri for this initiative and for their unstinted commitment to sustainable development”.In an inspiring inaugural address, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, said “We are fortunate to have leaders from every society and every corner of the globe to help us focusing on this aggregate challenge and come up with specific directions by which we can reduce resource use intensity. May I in particular acknowledge the leadership that we have with us from the small island states and some of the poorest countries in the world, whose vulnerability to the global impacts of current patterns of growth and development, such as challenge of climate change which deserves special attention. This was a subject that was also highlighted in the document ‘The Future We Want’ which came out of Rio+20”. He further added “TERI always strives to live up to the expectations of society in creating models and implementing solutions that would ensure resource use efficiency in this country and other parts of the world.”For the first time, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013 will introduce the Parallel Thematic Tracks in addition to the plenaries, which will allow for discussions of considerable depth and detail on select topics/themes. Populated by area experts and key actors, these tracks aim to be constructive exercises in providing feasible solutions to many critical challenges facing the global community.

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