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Jan 31, 2013 at 10:09am IST

World leaders come together for Sustainable Development Summit

New Delhi: World leaders will gather in Delhi for the Sustainable Development Summit that is being organised by global think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The gathering is said to influence the global discourse on sustainability issues.

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 are gathering at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.

From renowned authors to Hollywood stars, over 30 heads of states, nobel laureates and corporate head honchoes will converge at the TERI Summit. The three-day event starting on January 31 will be inaugurated by Manmohan Singh with its central theme - 'the global challenge of resource efficient growth and development'. In the 12 years since its inception, the summit has become a flagship event for the discourse on environment and development.

Nobel Prize winner RK Pachauri said, "Firstly, we as society, as human beings need to move towards a pattern of sustainable development and that's the general purpose of this annual event that we organise. Secondly this year the theme focuses on resource efficient growth and the world is using more and more resources. Our population is growing, our incomes are growing, consumption levels are increasing. Therefore, if we continue on this path, we are going to lead to a number of stresses, not only in society, but even in our relationship with planet Earth."

World leaders, policy makers and corporates are expected to debate 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.