Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 (WSDS 2018) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on February 16, 2018.
The summit is the flagship forum of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
The summit’s theme this year was ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’.
The summit seeks to serve as a common platform for global leaders and thinkers from the fields of sustainable development, energy and environment.
It seeks to create action frameworks to resolve some of the most urgent challenges faced by developing economies in the backdrop of climate change.
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• The summit addressed several issues including combating land degradation, air pollution, facilitating a transition to clean energy and creating financial mechanisms to enable effective climate change mitigation.
• It also focussed on measures to increase resource and energy efficiency and effective waste management mechanisms in order to make the cities free of landfills.
• It hosted eminent international speakers who addressed a variety of issues including reducing the impact on land, air and water, as well as exploring the ways and means to utilise energy and resources in a more efficient manner in the plenary sessions.
• Besides, the thematic tracks at the summit included discussions on issues related to sustainability, including carbon markets and pricing, sustainable transport, resilient cities, solar energy and refrigerant technologies.
• The summit also hosted an exhibition titled ‘Greenovation’ that showcased the latest technological advancements to meet Sustainable Development Goals.
• It witnessed participation from over 2000 delegates including policy makers, researchers, think tanks, diplomats and corporate professionals from across the world.