February 14th, 2018

Asia, the Sustainability Center of the World: Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

With participation from over 41 countries, the second annual WSDS 2018 commenced with a call for unparalleled global cooperation towards mutual sustainability goals. While defining the imperatives of global sustainability, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said “We must move towards a future where the world is better environmentally, economically, and socially”. Joining him on the stage were, HE Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, the Royal Norwegian Ambassador to India; Mr Ashok Chawla, Chairman, TERI; and Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, CSD, Columbia University.

In his Keynote Address, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs delivered a hard-hitting discourse on the stakes at hand. Urging the world to act at a speed “that is completely uncharacteristic of our societies,” he defined the global imperatives that will define sustainability in the 21st century. “For the future of the world – China and India have to get it right,” he said, summing the world’s global shift of economic strength to Asia, and its need to ensure that its growth is sustainable.

 

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