Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013

  • Governance challenges in water management and water use efficiency February 1, 2013

    An effective governance mechanism is of paramount importance for water management and water use efficiency. The issue of governance is multidimensional, encompassing social, economic, political, and legal institutions, and supported by a responsive policy framework to ensure sustainability and water use efficiency. Governance of the water sector is complex, involving actors...
  • Global trends in sustainable sourcing of edible oilseed February 1, 2013

    Edible oils constitute an important part of the food cuisine. The demand for vegetable oils has risen steadily catapulted by a combination of factors. The recent years have witnessed emergence of important new actors and trends in supply and demand. Globally this market has very different features e.g. the Chinese...
  • 'Climate change has been with us for quite some time' January 31, 2013

    Ali Tauqueer Sheikh, Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network talks about the significance of having special focus development of developing nations. ...
  • High Speed Railways in India: imperative for current times January 30, 2013

    The proposal for developing High Speed Railway (HSR) between Delhi and Kanpur via Agra was first mooted in the mid-eighties when Madhavrao Scindia was the railway minister. An internal study found the proposal unviable at that time due to the high cost of construction and inability of travelling passengers to...
  • Sustainable development and a new knowledge economy January 29, 2013

    In defining the "Future We Want" - the outcome document from the Rio+20 conference of the United Nations - heads of states and governments acknowledged "the need to further mainstream sustainable development at all levels, integrating economic, social and environmental aspects and recognising their inter-linkages, so as to achieve sustainable...
  • The challenge of achieving sustainable mobility January 28, 2013

    Providing adequate and quality mobility options to the urban population is one of the key challenges that our cities face today. The trends that we are witnessing in terms of explosive motorisation are leading to major threats to environment, health and social well-being. The problems related to urban transport are...
  • Chalking a resource-efficient path for Africa January 25, 2013

    Economies of Africa are transforming rapidly mostly based on natural resource development. Amongst the fastest growing economies over the last decade, it has been creating its own set of concerns centred around resource consumption and production. A 2012 UNCTAD report on Africa highlights that while growth is occurring in Africa,...
  • Indian cities must act now on city climate resilience plans January 24, 2013

    Cities across the world, due to their rapid population growth and large-scale developmental and economic investments, are at high risk from the impacts of climate change. According to the United Nations World Urbanisation Prospects 2011 report, the population living in urban areas is projected to increase from 3.6 billion currently...
  • What DSDS 2013 seeks to achieve: RK Pachauri January 24, 2013

    Global resources of various kinds are becoming scarce even as the demand for them is increasing rapidly as a result of population growth and significant increases in income. Growing awareness on implementing measures for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and preventing pollution from a range of human activities is leading...
  • A snapshot of what climate change talks have achieved in 25 years January 22, 2013

    One often comes across observations made by even responsible policy makers that climate change negotiations over the past 25 years have achieved nothing. To my mind, it is just not true; tangible progress has been made. This progress may not be as rapid as many environmentalists would like, but nevertheless...
  • Link between women's rights and earth's future is often forgotten: former Finnish President January 22, 2013

    Tarja Halonen is the former President of the Republic of Finland and is a participant at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2013, organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), that starts from January 31. An interview with her follows. Why is a forum like DSDS significant to you? Where...
  • Defining the Rio+20 takeaway: 'The Future We Want' January 22, 2013

    The outcome document of the Rio+20 summit, 'The Future We Want', marks an important advance in the incorporation of a human rights dimension in the UN development agenda. In contrast to the passing or tangential references to human rights in the outcome documents of the earlier Rio de Janeiro summit...