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Emphasizing the need for responsible management of the planet’s resources for the well-being of humanity, the environment and economies.

A Conclave to Celebrate World Environment Day 2015

 

Venue: Taj Palace, New Delhi
Date: 1st June, 2015

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India Today (Erstwhile Headlines Today) in partnership with Tata Steel is organizing a Conclave to celebrate World Environment Day (WED) on 1st June, 2015. Centre for Environment Education is the Knowledge Partner for the Event. The conclave will be anchored by Gaurav Sawant, Deputy Editor, Strategic Affairs, TV Today Network and aired into a half an hour episode on 6th June’15.

 

The theme for WED 2015 is Sustainable consumption and production. The slogan for the theme is
"Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care."

 

The theme emphasizes the need for responsible management of the planet’s resources for the well-being of humanity, the environment and economies.

 

As we are aware people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide, many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our way of life.

 

Living well within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future as is positive action for sustainability.

 

Session 1 will involve deliberations on Cities and Issues around the Cities. Titled “TOWARDS RESILIENT, INCLUSIVE AND CREATIVE CITIES” the session will look at critical issues of urbanization including spaces, waste management, water management and sustainable use of resources in Cities.

 

Session 2 will focus on SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION and look at modifying and replacing current paradigms and lifestyles with those that support transitions to sustainable and equitable societies. The session will deliberate on transforming consumption and production to harmonize those activities to support sustainable societies, which must function within planetary boundaries and discuss the use and abuse of plastic.

 

Session 3 will be a deliberation on BIODIVERSITY AS AN ECOSYSTEM RESOURCE FOR BUSINESS AND ITS EFFICIENT CONSERVATION. Companies are beginning to recognize the competitive advantages that can be gained from the sustainable use of biological resources. Governments and policy makers alone cannot cope with the scale of the biodiversity crisis. This session will explore ideas to promote the use of a wide range of market mechanisms, corporate responsibility and regulatory schemes to conserve biodiversity.

 

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

TIME

SESSION

SPEAKER

10:30 - 11:00

Registration & Tea

11:00 - 11:45

Inauguration

  • Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon'ble Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Mr. Ashish Bagga, Group CEO INDIA TODAY TELEVISION
  • Mr. Arun Mishra, VP Gopalpur Project & MD Tata Steel SEZ.
  • Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director CEE
  • Gaurav Sawant, India Today Television

 11:45 - 12:45

Technical Session 1: Towards Resilient, Inclusive and Creative Cities
Issues to be covered
- Smart Cities.
- Improving Urban Mobility
- Waste Management
- Water Sanitation

Speakers

  • Ashish Mathur, MD JUSCO
  • Siddharth Balasubranium, Country Head, Global Green Growth Institute
  • Shyamala Mani, NationaI Institute of Urban Affairs
  • Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General & Executive Director, ICLEI - South Asia

12:45 - 1:00

Question & Answer Session

1:00 - 2:00

LUNCH

2:00 - 2:45

Technical session 2: Sustainable Production and Consumption -
Issues to be covered
- Sustainability in Business Practice
- Sustainable Lifestyles
- Plastic Use and Abuse

Speakers

  • Mr Sudhir Sinha, Advisor CSR/Sustainability, PWC
  • Joe Phelam, Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, India
  • R. Gopichandran, Director, VigyanPrasar, Department of Science and Technology
  • Mirai Chatterjee, Coordinator, SEWA

2:45 - 3:00

Question & Answer Session

 

3:00 - 3:45

Technical Session 3:
Business for BIODIVERSITY
Issues to be covered
- Transforming Business Practices for Biodiversity
- Biodiversity as a Resource

Speakers

  • Ram Boojh, National Programme Officer, UNESCO, Man and Biodiversity Programme
  • Mridula Tangirala, Director, Operations, Taj Safaris
  • Edgar Endrukaitis, Director, Indo-German Biodiversity Programme
  • Mr. Pankaj Satija, GM (Operations), Tata Steel Ltd.

Chaired by Shri Hem Pande IAS, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC

3:45 - 3:55

Case Study Presentation

Mr. Pankaj Satija from Tata Steel

3:55 - 4:05

Question & Answer Session

4:05 onwards

Tea & Close