The World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF) was established in 2005 to function as a global platform for knowledge sharing and policy discourse aimed at advancing the achievement of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), and promoting global developmental cooperation to expedite the alleviation of poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, malnutrition, and disease and correct gender imbalances.
The Forum functions as a platform to identify, analyze, and disseminate policy interventions to enhance human well-being in the present and create conditions for a sustainable future. In this endeavor, the Forum is guided by highly distinguished patrons who are global leaders in government, industry, and academia. The key objectives of the WSDF are:
Connect with the finest minds and leading thinkers of the world to focus on sustainability issues.
To bring together policy makers and practitioners to chart a course of action to enable countries and regions to meet the challenges of sustainable development.
Monitor progress towards the achievement of MDGs globally and periodically review progress in select countries.
Share knowledge and best practices amongst partners and disseminate the work related to sustainable development and the MDGs at various national, regional, and international fora.
Undertake research projects either directly or in collaboration with institutions sharing similar goals and missions.
WSDF is managed by a Governing Body and is guided by a group of Patrons – persons in public life, academia, national governments, corporate houses and international organizations who inspire and guide the Forum. The patrons of the Forum meet atleast once every year to discuss the future course of action.
Given diverse developmental imperatives across regions, WSDF activities and events seek to collate information, monitor developments, and report on the progress towards the achievement of MDGs. Towards this, a bi-annual newsletter series called” Tackling Tomorrow’s Challenges Today” was launched in 2008 to keep track of the development priorities, debates and discourse, and action plans. As part of its activities, WSDF has also published a book in 2011 titled, “Tackling Climate Change and Energy Poverty: Road to 2015”.
WSDF also organizes Regional Sustainable Development Summits (RSDS) to disseminate knowledge and generate public awareness on issues of sustainable development regionally. RSDS 2006 was held in Shirakawa, Japan on “Policy Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development”, and RSDS 2007 in Tunis, Tunisia on “Climate Change Strategies for the African and Mediterranean Regions”. RSDS is aided considerably by the messages emerging from the DSDS (Delhi Sustainable Development Summit), an annual event wherein TERI engages global partners to build bold visions for a development paradigm that calls for sustainability across the present and future generations