New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSDS) will be inaugurated by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar here on Tuesday, an official said on Monday.
He will be joined at the opening ceremony by, among others, the Prime Minister of Guyana, Brig (retd) Mark Phillips, and the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav.
Ministers from Spain, Kiribati and Fiji are expected to join. Pioneering conversations that drive global ambitions and actions at all levels, the 23rd edition of the WSDS will be held from February 7-9 at the India Habitat Center here.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has been organizing the annual flagship multi-stakeholder event since 2001.
WSDS is the only independently convened international summit on sustainable development and environment based in the Global South.
WSDS 2024 will be convened under the general theme of “Leadership for Sustainable Development and Climate Justice”. Addressing the media, Vibha Dhawan, Director General of TERI said, “As we prepare for the 23rd edition of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, I look forward to thought-provoking discussions, solutions innovations and an in-depth exploration of the pivotal role played by visionary leaders in advancing sustainable development on a global scale.
“TERI is privileged to lead this dialogue, cultivating innovative solutions and strategies for a sustainable and equitable future.
“Regardless of whether a country is developed or developing, it is imperative that the world recognizes that climate change is not just a reality but a shared reality. As the world grapples with the adverse effects of climate change, the transition to cleaner energy and adaptation measures. become a priority,” he added. Speaking on the occasion, Manjeev Singh Puri, former diplomat and Distinguished Fellow of TERI said, “WSDS is an excellent platform for sharing ideas, knowledge and best practices, which propels us towards achieving of the SDGs and the goals of the Paris Agreement through and collaboratively directed efforts.”
Discussions with world leaders are expected to build on the ambition of a more sustainable and equitable world for present and future generations.