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TERI launches World Sustainable Development Forum

By Our Staff Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN. 27. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) today launched the World Sustainable Development Forum to mobilise action worldwide to address the issues of sustainability on a global scale.

Announcing this here today, the TERI Director-General, R.K. Pachauri, said that the forum would also monitor action on the implementation of programmes for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The purpose of the forum is to mobilise the society across the world to meet the MDGs and create momentum for accelerating efforts towards comprehensive achievements of sustainable development.

Delicate balance

He said all nations needed to monitor their progress on the MDGs closely and countries such as China, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and India, which were on a high-growth curve, should pursue efforts to balance economic growth with environmental care. The TERI proposes to act as the nodal secretariat for the forum and several other countries and institutions would pool their expertise for effective and participative action by the forum.

Mr. Pachauri also announced the fifth annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) beginning here from February 3.

The DSDS is the premier global forum for focussing on the challenge of sustainable development worldwide.

The summit will field some of the best names in the fields of academics, business, industry, government and multi-lateral organisations. Eminent economist, Jeffrey Sachs, the Norwegian Minister for Trade and Industry, Borge Brende, the United Nations Environment Programme executive director, Klaus Topfer, and Nobel laureate, Sherwood Rowland, will be among the participants.

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