12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

Event | 2 - 4 February 2012 Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, India

Purpose / Background

The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) is an international annual event since 2001 that has provided a solid platform for global and regional leaders and professionals to discuss and debate on various aspects of sustainable development issues including large-scale hunger and malnutrition, diseases and physical suffering, resulting in greater threats to climate change, loss of biodiversity, and damaged ecosystems. The theme of DSDS 2012 is "Protecting the Global Commons: 20 years post Rio".

ADB is a sponsor in this event.


This year's summit is to discuss issues around global commons and actions taken towards protecting them since Earth Summit in 1992. It will take into account what has been achieved since 1992 and how awareness has been created about sustainable development, define the new direction that could be set and future agenda for action.

To create a uniform level of understanding among all stakeholders and formulate meaningful policy options for a constructive dialogue on sustainable development and climate change.

Expected outputs

  • Uniform level of understanding among all participants on global commons and required actions for sustainable development
  • Innovative and cost-effective solutions on sustainable development
  • Enhanced networking for sustainable interventions

Target participants

Senior policy makers, top business leaders, key opinion makers and climate change experts representing governments, multilateral and bilateral organizations, corporate sector, non-government organizations, academic and research organizations.