The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit is a summit organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) annually since 2001 in New Delhi. The summit works towards the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals, fostering an international platform for exchange of knowledge on all facets of sustainable development.
It is one of the leading forums dedicated to issues of global sustainability and is visited by various heads of countries and organisations. The 2013 edition of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit was held from January 31 until February 2 in New Delhi and focused on the theme of "The Global Challenge of Resource Efficient Growth and Development delineated in the document of Rio +20 entitled – ‘The Future We Want'" . The main topics of this particular summit focussed on inclusion and economic growth, greater opportunities and the reduction of inequalities across the globe.
According to the Huffington Post, participating nations ticked off the steps that they have already taken towards sustainability-- "From Kiribati's protected marine area to Seychelles' renewable energy projects and Guyana's collaboration with Norway to prevent deforestation, regions facing major climate change threats have demonstrated willingness to embrace a sustainable future. As many nations brace for the worsening effects of a changing climate, the intransigence of the U.S. has sparked some concern. Kiribati's Tong told the Huffington Post that 'the United States should come to the party. They should relax and not be so scared to talk about climate change. It's a reality of this world. It's our creation -- perhaps their creation more than ours -- so we should deal with the monster we've released.'"
The New York Times published an article about the Summit and titled it “A Cry of Frustration at Delhi’s Sustainable Summit". It further stated that "Once more, frustration with stymied efforts on climate change has emerged as a major theme at an international conference on the planet’s health."
The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Manmohan Singh said, "Climate change has become the face of many challenges in our pursuit of sustainable development. This problem can only be tackled through coordinated global action, It is crucial to look at sustainable development from a global rather than a purely national perspective.’’
Author: Ajay Pal Singh Chabba/ RESET editorial