SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  • Abdul Kalam motivates IIT students, calls for bridging ruralurban divide June 6, 2014

    Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Thursday stressed on bridging ruralurban divide in the world and said fruits of growth must reach every section of society. "Inequality between rural and urban population in the world must be removed.Equal distribution of resources will help in bridging the poorrich divide and it is...
  • Food security not an issue if resources are managed well: Ahluwalia February 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Sustainable food security will not a problem if scarce resources like water and energy are managed well, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Saturday. "The essence of whole concept of sustainability is how you handle things. So, in my view energy and water are scarce resources....
  • Delhi: World leaders to gather for TERI summit on sustainable development February 5, 2014

    World leaders will gather in Delhi for the Sustainable Development Summit that is being organised by global think tank TERI. More than ever before development has become key but in a sustainable manner and to form a blueprint, leaders from around the world are gathering at the Delhi Sustainable Development...
  • 3 Indian enterprises win UN award for sustainable development November 1, 2013

    Three Indian enterprises are among 34 awarded by the United Nations for their contribution in promoting sustainable development. 'Tambul Leaf Plates', 'Pollinate Energy' and 'Sustaintech India' won the 2013 SEED Awards announced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which identifies and supports innovative social and environmental startup enterprises that tackle...
  • Makkah to host Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities August 28, 2013

    The 13th Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities will be inaugurated in Saudi Arabia's Makkah city on September 1 under the patronage of the custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. More than 400 delegates of the 141-member Organisation of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC) are...
  • Obama hasn't done a lot on climate change: NYT columnist Thomas L Friedman February 1, 2013

    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is in Delhi to attend a Sustainable Development Summit. ...
  • 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. ...
  • World leaders gather for Sustainable Development Summit January 31, 2013

    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...
  • 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 mideighties 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 interlinkages, 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 wellbeing. The problems related to urban transport are...
  • Chalking a resourceefficient 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 largescale 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...
  • Farooq Abdullah to attend World Future Energy Summit January 9, 2013

    Dubai: Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah is among the leaders and government officials from key renewable energy markets scheduled to attend the sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), to be held in Abu Dhabi from January 1517. WFES is a leading platform for renewable energy innovation and...
  • 'Need for integrating climate change in development policies' June 19, 2012

    RK Pachauri AGE: 71 Position: DirectorGeneral of The Energy and Resources Institute; chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 Contribution: Has led cutting edge research into the cause and effects of climate change which are presented in the form of IPCC Assessment...
  • 'US model against very canon of sustainability' April 11, 2012

    Addressing the Finnish parliament in Helsinki on 'Sustainable Prosperity', Jairam Ramesh, currently minister of Rural Development, had strong words for the USA, "the maximum advocacy and championing is required in the USA which, even while being the locomotive for the world economy, is an exemplar of a way of life...
  • India needs green muscle at Rio+20 February 13, 2012

    Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will have a different kind of carnival this year. From June 20 to 22, the city will host the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which is expected to bring together heads of states, ministers, senior officials, representatives from international organisations, civil society leaders and...
  • Schwarzenegger congratulates Abhishek on Twitter February 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Hollywood superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger failed to turn up at an event to present Abhishek Bachchan an award for helping create a greener environment, but has congratulated him for the honour. "Congrats on the Green Globe, @juniorbachchan. More celebrities should be pumping up green progress. I'll be back, and we...
  • Schwarzenegger invokes Gandhi for green movement February 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Delhi has a date with '80s action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger today. And he will be presenting an award to Abhishek Bachchan. The actor and former politician joins a string of Hollywood stars coming to India for work or pleasure. The actor is flying down to the capital, to...
  • PM to inaugrate Delhi development summit January 23, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 'Delhi Sustainable Development Summit' (DSDS), being organised by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), on February 3. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez Reyna and President of Seychelles James Alix Michel will attend the conference, TERI officials...