"Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All", New Delhi/India

14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit // "Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All", New Delhi/India

At the World Water Week 2011 in Stockholm, discussions focussed on how population growth, expanding cities, and accelerating economic activity increase the demand for energy and food and create unsustainable pressure on water resources. The 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit will deliberate on these topics and strive to find ways forward, toward a greener and more sustainable future. DSDS 2014 will continue to feature thematic tracks, successfully introduced at DSDS 2013, revolving around specific issues in the areas of energy, water and food security.

DSDS 2014 will also award the tenth Sustainable Development Leadership Award, which constitutes TERI's tribute to a distinguished individual's exemplary efforts. The Award celebrates individuals who have contributed substantially in combating challenges threatening sustainable development, and encouraging initiatives, which lead the planet towards a sustainable future.


It is becoming increasingly clear that the challenges the world faces in respect of energy, water and food security are interlinked. Consequently, if strategies have to be developed for tackling one or the other aspect of this integrated challenge we would need to consider comprehensive and critical aspects of managing supply and demand for energy, water and food in a manner that ensures security in each of these. The world today has reached a population of seven billion, which in a few decades is likely to increase by another two billion according to most projections. It is also expected that despite the current economic problems that several countries and societies are facing, incomes will grow, particularly, in some of the largest and most populous countries in the world. All of this would translate into greater demand for all three inputs which are at the core of human activities.

At the same time, a common challenge that those responsible for energy, water and food have to contend with are the impacts of climate change. If the world is to move towards effective mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, then major changes would be required in the manner in which energy is produced and consumed. Inevitably, this would involve high levels of efficiency in the entire energy cycle and a shift towards low carbon sources, particularly renewable sources of energy. That would involve major changes in those sectors which are essentially consumers of energy as well as a transition on the supply side. Given the fact that today's infrastructure is designed for current patterns of energy supply, several changes will have to be taken in hand such that energy consuming assets are not rendered obsolete, but are replaced over time allowing global society to move along a path of transition, which does not result in massive reduction of economic output and employment opportunities. Again, the manner in which change is to take place would be dictated by differences between the developed and developing countries and even within each of these groupings. If there is a global will to mitigate emissions of GHGs, then issues of financing, easy access to technology and building of capacity and capabilities in various institutions would need to be addressed. Of crucial importance would be a need to bring those who are currently outside the modern energy system into a system that allows the 1.3 billion people in the world without access to electricity and the almost three billion who use biomass as a fuel, into systems which reduce not only GHG emissions but also local pollutants. These changes would necessarily take place along with changes in demand for energy which would be the result of growing demand for space conditioning with changes in the climate.

In the case of water, it would be relevant to mention that some parts of the world are already facing a serious level of water stress. In Africa, for instance, the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the IPCC projected that in 2020, a total of 75 to 250 million people in Africa would be living under water stress as a result of climate change. Estimates for other parts of the world also provide reasons for concern.

At the same time, we are aware that with population growth and higher levels of per capita consumption water scarcity is growing in several parts of the world. It is also an established fact that the bulk of water used today goes into agriculture. Scarcity, therefore, could become an important determinant of possible reductions in food supply.

Agriculture would be vulnerable to the impacts of climate change not only on account of changes in the availability of water but also because of changing temperatures and possible increase in pests as a result of climate change. Again, in the case of Africa, the AR4 has assessed that by 2020 some countries may face reduction in yields of up to 50% on account of climate change and climate variability. The issue of food security, therefore, is not one that can be measured and understood on the basis of aggregate global values but at the basic grassroots level in terms of security of supply for individual households. A large number of farmers in the world produce barely enough food to meet their own needs. Any reduction, therefore, may not impact in a major way on global food supply, but would certainly affect the livelihoods of a large number of small farmers and their families. Yet, it is precisely this section of farmers who have yet not benefitted from research in the agricultural field, which could lead to changes in farming practices, cropping patterns and improved seeds. There is a need for a major global effort to focus on agriculture in drought prone areas and in locations where there is high dependence on rainfall, the patterns of which may be changing.

The human condition in the future would depend increasingly on how we are able to visualize and quantify some of the threats that we are likely to witness in supply of energy, water and food, because it is only then that measures can be taken in hand early enough to be able to devise adaptation measures and evolve new knowledge and technological solutions by which security can be enhanced and the risks of negative changes can be reduced.

Confirmed Speakers


-HE Mr Dasho Paljor J Dorji, Special Advisor, National Environment Commission, Bhutan

-HE Mr Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan

-HE Mr Belete Tafere, Minister of Environment and Forest, Ethiopia

-HE Mr Juhan Parts, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia

-HE Ms Tarja Halonen, Former President, Finland

-HE Mr Bharrat Jagdeo, Former President, Guyana

-Mr Salman Khurshid, Hon'ble Minister of External Affairs, India

-Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India

-Mr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India

-HE Mr Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Former President, Maldives

-HE Mr Graco Ramírez Garrido Abreu, Governor of Morelos, Mexico

-HE Ms Oyun Sanjaasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia

-HE Dr Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar

-HE Mr Øystein Djupedal, Governor, Aust-Agder County, Norway

-HE Mr Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Climate and the Environment, Norway

-Mr Muhammad Irfan Elahi, Chairman, Planning and Development Board, Government of Punjab, Pakistan

-Mr Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Former Minister of State (Environment) and Vice President, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan

-Mr Heherson T Alvarez, Commissioner, Climate Change Commission, Philippines

-HE Mr Marcin Korolec, Secretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy and President of COP19/CMP9, Poland

-HE Mr Jorge Moreira da Silva, Minister for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, Portugal

-HE Mr James Alix Michel, President, Seychelles

-Mr Federico Ramos de Armas, Secretary of State for Environment, Spain

-Mr Anders Flanking, State Secretary to Minister for the Environment, Sweden

-Ms Anna Lindstedt, Ambassador for Climate Change, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden

-HE Mr Göran Persson, Former Prime Minister, Sweden

-Hon'ble Prof. Sospeter M Muhongo, Minister of Energy and Minerals, United Republic of Tanzania

-The Rt Hon'ble Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change, UK

-The Rt Hon'ble Lord Deben John Gummer, Former Member of Parliament, UK

-Lord John Prescott, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Member of Parliament, House of Lords, UK

-Mr John Bryson, Former Secretary of Commerce, USA

Expression of Interest (EoI)

-HE Mr Juan Gabriel Uribe, Former Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Colombia

-HE Mr Christian Friis Bach, Former Minister for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

-HE Mr Ali Yacoub Mahamoud, Minister of Energy & Water, Djibouti

-HE Mr Baron Waqa, President, Nauru

-Mr Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, Additional Chief Secretary, Energy Department, Government of Punjab, Pakistan


-Mr Kofi Annan, Nobel Laureate and Former Secretary-General, United Nations

-Dr Yuan-Tseh Lee, Nobel Laureate and President, International Council for Science, Taiwan

Expression of Interest (EoI)

-HE Mr Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, Former President of the Former Soviet Union


-Dr Pavel Kabat, Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

-Prof. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

-Prof. Petteri Taalas, Director General, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

-Prof. François Mancebo, Full Professor (Planning & Sustainability), Rheims University; Head of the IRCS (International Research Center on -Sustainability) of Rheims; Director of HABITER Laboratory and Director of the IATEUR (Institute of Regional Development and Sustainable Urban Planning), Rheims University, France

-Dr Georges Valentis, Managing Director, The Institut Veolia Environnement, France

-Dr Ines Dombrowsky, Head of Environment and Resource Policy, German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik), Germany

-Dr Anindya Chatterjee, Asia Regional Director, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), India

-Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director-General and CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), India

-Ambassador C Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, India

-Mr Nitin Desai, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, India

-Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, India

-Dr Ligia Noronha, Executive Director (Research Coordination), TERI, India

-Mr Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman, Brookings India

-Prof Veena Sikri, Convener, South Asia Women's Network (SWAN) & Vice Chairperson, South Asia Foundation (SAF-India)

-Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director (Operations), TERI & Vice Chancellor, TERI University, India

-Prof. Luigi Paganetto, President, Centre for Economic and International Studies (CEIS), Faculty of Economics, University of Rome, Italy

-Prof. Hironori Hamanaka, Chair of the Board of Directors, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan

-Ms Tomoyo Nonaka, Chairperson, NPO GAIA Initiative, Japan

-Dr Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice-Rector, United Nations University, Japan

-Dr Benard Muok, Acting Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya

-Mr Howard Bamsey, Director General, Global Green Growth Institute, Republic of Korea

-Dr David Molden, Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal

-Dr Gulay Barbarosoglu, Rector, Bogazici University, Turkey

-Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

-Prof. Timothy G Gregoire, J P Weyerhaeuser Professor of Forest Management, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA

-Dr Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility, USA

-Prof. Pradeep K Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), USA

-Prof. Jeffrey D Sachs, Director, Earth Institute & Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, USA (via video)

-Mr Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Expression of Interest (EoI)

-Mr Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, USA


-Dr Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change, UNIDO, Austria

-Dr Kandeh K Yumkella, Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations, Austria

-Dr Fatima Denton, Co-ordinator - African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

-Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

-Mr John Beed, Mission Director — India, USAID India

-Ms Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator & Resident Representative United Nations Development Programme, India

-Mr Peter E Kenmore, Representative in India, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

-Mr Daniel Ziegerer, Director of Cooperation and Counsellor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, India

-Mr Hideaki Domichi, Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

-Mr Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General & Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya

-Dr Araya Asfaw, Executive Director, Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre & Network (HoA-REC&N)

-Mr Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Director — Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network Asia, Pakistan

-Dr Bindu N Lohani, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

-Mr Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

-Ms Lakshmi Venkatachalam, Vice President, Private Sector and Co-financing Operations, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

-Mr Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

-Ms Amy (Kalee) D Kreider, Senior Advisor, Climate Science, United Nations Foundation

-Ms Amina J Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations, USA

-Mr Tim Nuthall, Media Manager, European Climate Foundation

-Mr Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Manager — Infrastructure and Environment Department, Inter-American Development Bank, USA

Expression of Interest (EoI)

-Ms Roxanne O'Connell, Climate Resilience Partnership Programme — Project Manager, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N), Ethiopia

-Mr Onno Rühl, Country Director — India, The World Bank

-Mr Adam Koniuszewski, Chief Operating Officer, Green Cross International, Switzerland

-Dr Anthony Okon Nyong, Manager — Compliance and Safeguards Division, African Development Bank, Tunisia

-Dr Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank, USA (via Video Conference)


-Ms Luz Mary Guerrero Hernandez, Co-founder and President, Servientrega, Colombia

-Mr Ravi Pandit, Chairman and Group CEO, KPIT Technologies Ltd, India

-Mr Tadashi Maekawa, President, Mayekawa Mfg Co Ltd, Japan

-Mr Masamitsu Sakurai, Executive Advisor, Ricoh Company Ltd., Japan

-Mr Stephen Rumsey, Chairman, Permian Global Advisors LLP, UK

-Mr Yvo de Boer, Global Chairman Climate Change & Sustainability Services, KPMG International and Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, UK

-Mr Dev Sanyal, Executive Vice President and Group Chief of Staff, BP plc, UK

-Mr Lance Ignon, Director, San Francisco Office, Sitrick And Company, USA

-Mr Scott Tew, Executive Director, Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

Expression of Interest

-Mr Stassi Anastassov, President, Global Duracell - Personal Power, Procter & Gamble, USA


-Mr Martin Wright, Founding Editor, Green Futures, and Director, Forum for the Future, India

-Sir Jonathon Porritt, Founder-Director, Forum for the Future, UK


-Mr Jack Andraka, Inventor and scientist, USA

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