Global leaders come together for Sustainable Development Summit

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing world leaders
at the TERI's 13th Sustainable Development meeting in New Delhi
New Delhi: Following the Rio+20, June 2012, summit world leaders gather in New Delhi for the 13th Sustainable Development meeting (DSDS) 2013 organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on Thursday.

The held parley was inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The gathering is said to influence the global discourse on sustainability issues.

“The world community met in Rio last year on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the path-breaking Rio Summit of 1992. Rio+20 was a poignant reminder that the ambitious goals that we had set for ourselves at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 remain far from being realised,” Manmohan Singh said in his inaugural address at Taj Palace Hotel where the summit was held.

 “It also served to remind us that a meaningful consensus on environmental and ecological issues is perhaps harder to achieve today than it was some 20 years ago, “he added.

Over the years, Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) has evolved as a global platform that addresses the key challenges of sustainable development and explores the means by which this can be attained.

Accepting the fact that the climate change has become the face of many challenges in pursuit of sustainable development and can only be tackled through coordinated global action Manmohan Singh said,” it is therefore crucial to look at sustainable development from a global rather than a purely national perspective,”

Mr. Singh said the recent Doha climate conference reaffirmed these principles and concrete efforts is needed to ensure development aspirations and eradication of poverty.  

“I am happy that the recent Doha climate conference reaffirmed these principles. They should form the bedrock of future arrangements post-2020 and we should ensure that the development aspirations and poverty reduction efforts of the developing countries are not constrained” he added.

As world economies progress, half of the world's rainforests have already been lost, every day one wildlife species goes extinct, more and more rivers get polluted with toxic wastes.

The term sustainable development has acquired a whole new meaning and to give meaning to this term, leaders from around the world gathered at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit and discussed the ecological and environmental challenges ahead they have.

World leaders debated a range of issues from low carbon growth to growing cities and their resilience to climate change, to low cost technologies for businesses.

For a world mesmerised by growth, the challenge now lies in using the outcomes of this summit to saving all that's good for planet Earth. 
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