Key stakeholders from all over the world to converge in New Delhi to deliberate on the critical theme of ‘Mainstreaming Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience for Collective Action’ at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2023
Ministers from across the world, top government representatives, political and thought leaders and chiefs of international organisations will converge in New Delhi for the 22nd edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) from February 22-24, 2023.
Talking to Outlook Planet, Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI, said, “We had this unfortunate pandemic and, therefore, the last two editions were online. So we are very excited that there will be in personal meeting again.”
In a world wreaked by climate change impacts and struggling to evolve frameworks and strategies to cope, the latest edition of the WSDS will bring together stakeholders from across the planet on a single platform to deliberate on the critical theme of ‘Mainstreaming Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience for Collective Action.’
Underscoring the key role played by the WSDS in furthering the discourse on sustainable development and climate action, Dr. Dhawan, added in a communication, “We are at a critical juncture where with each passing moment we are losing out on vital time for climate action.’ She added, “In its 22 years of existence, the WSDS has aimed to be a meeting ground for multiple stakeholders – political and thought leaders, scientists, policy makers, representatives from intergovernmental forums, and civil society members – to deliberate on actions, solutions and partnerships needed to make the planet resilient and development sustainable.”
With India holding the G20 Presidency and the critical Global Stocktake set to conclude at COP28 later this year, the three-day Summit will anchor deliberations on the critical themes of G20 leadership and green development pact; equity and climate justice; driving and financing sustainable development; inclusive green growth; energy transitions and LiFE.
In terms of climate negotiations, she emphasised, “This is a pivotal year, with the Global Stocktake process set to conclude at COP28. With India holding the G20 presidency as well, WSDS 2023 can be a significant platform to further the discourse on inclusive green growth, energy transitions and climate resilience.”
Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will deliver the multilateral leadership address on ‘equity and climate justice’, while Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Vice President, Republic of Guyana, is set to deliver the global leadership address. Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) will be part of the inaugural session.
The Summit is TERI's annual flagship multi-stakeholder event and is the only independently convened event of such scale in the Global South that brings together world leaders, thinkers, scientists, industry and government representatives to work towards long-term solutions for the planet's health.
Apart from a host of plenary and thematic sessions, specially-curated fireside chats will have key speakers deliberating on themes such as sustainable ocean management. Other highlights at WSDS 2023 will include high-level sessions on COP28, women leadership, CEO Forum, youth plenary and G20 leadership.
The 'Act4Earth Manifesto' will be released at the valedictory session of the Summit along with outlining components under the Act4Earth initiative which will include COP28 Compass and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Charter.
Dr Sultan Al Jaber, President- Designate COP28; Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Minister of International Development, Norway; Dr Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University; Prof Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, former IPCC Vice-Chair; Dr Bruno Oberle, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature; Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Former Chief Scientist, World Health Organization; and Leena Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change are among a few notable speakers set to take part in the Summit.
Environment ministers from India, Sri Lanka, Canada, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Japan and Finland are also expected to be part of multiple plenary sessions deliberating on themes ranging from green development pact to climate action and green growth.