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World Sustainable Development Summit:

GS Paper 3:

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.



21st edition of the event was inaugurated recently. It is being held in virtual format.


Theme: Towards a Resilient Planet: Ensuring a Sustainable and Equitable Future.


About the World Sustainable Development Summit:

  • It is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
  • It is the sole Summit on global issues taking place in the developing world.
  • It provides a platform for global leaders and practitioners to discuss and deliberate over climatic issues of universal importance.
  • It strives to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by assembling the world’s most enlightened leaders and thinkers on a single platform.

It is continuing the legacy of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) which was initiated in 2001 with the aim of making ‘sustainable development’ a globally shared goal.


What is sustainable development?

‘Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

  • This most widely accepted definition of Sustainable Development was given by the Brundtland Commission in its report Our Common Future (1987).
  • Sustainable development (SD) calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.


Three core elements of sustainable development are:

  • Economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. It is crucial to harmonize them.


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The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI:

  • It is a leading think tank dedicated to conducting research for sustainable development of India and the Global South.
  • TERI was established in 1974 as an information centre on energy issues. However, over the following decades, it made a mark as a research institute, whose policy and technology solutions transformed people’s lives and the environment.


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Sources: the Hindu.