|India's First Sustainability Summit: Asia 2006|
|New Delhi, Delhi, India, December 19, 2006 -- The CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable
Development, which advises corporate organisations on sustainable technologies and practices, will host
India's first Sustainability Summit: Asia 2006. Focusing on 'Promoting Excellence for Sustainable
Development', the two-day Summit, starting tomorrow in New Delhi, Is being organised in partnership with
Development Alternatives, a non-governmental organisation.
Set against the background of India's poor resource base - low forest cover (one percent of the world's
forests), grave water crisis (four percent of the world's water resources are found in India) and land
paucity (2.4 percent of the global land mass) - and large population (18 percent of the global population
lives in India), the Summit will highlight the role of industry in ensuring responsible use of natural wealth.
Using the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development approach of prioritising cost and risk
reduction, clean technologies and innovation for economic and business growth, the Summit will discuss
issues of measuring sustainability as well as issues of mining operations, forestry and innovation for
sustainability; a special session will focus on Orissa.
One of the objectives of the Summit is to create awareness of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach
which proposes securing economic well-being, social development and environmental stability as the
three pillars of sustainable development.
"Sustainability is a crying need for India as we embark on the path of rapid economic growth," said Mr Y C
Deveshwar, chairman of the Advisory Council of CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable
Development, of ITC Ltd and a past president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). "The Summit
will focus on parameters of sustainable development applicable throughout the country regardless of
different socio-economic and environmental concerns in the urban, rural and other geographical regions.
The challenge is to do this and yet ensure poverty-reduction. India ranks a poor 127 on the UNDP Human
Development Index and desperately needs development on every economic and social front. Yet the path
of development has to be such that we do not destroy the country's future even as we address current
The Summit is being sponsored by ITC Ltd., partnered by Vedanta Industries, Rio Tinto, the Tata Group,
Ernst & Young and Sesa Goa Limited.
The Summit is supported by the Government of Orissa, United Nations Environment Programme, Union
ministries of Environment and Forests, Tribal Affairs, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, External
Affairs and power. Bringing together senior bureaucrats and political leaders, corporate heads, leaders of
development organizations and research institutions, the debate and discussions are expected to offer
breakthrough ideas for directing action on sustainable growth.
Among the prominent speakers who will address sessions at the Summit are Thiru A Raja, Union Minister
for Environment & Forests, Government of India, Mr. B J Panda, Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha, Dr.
Kirit S Parikh, Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment &
Forests, Dr. R C Panda, Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises, Ms. Meena Gupta,
Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Dr. T Ramasami, Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology, Mr.
Mechai Viravaidya, Founder & Chairman, Population & Community Development Programme, Thailand
and Former Minister for Prime Minister's Office, Thailand, Prof. Emil Salim, Member, UN High Level
Advisory Board on Sustainable Development, Chairman, National Economic Board, Indonesia and Former
Minister for Population & Environment, Indonesia, Prof. David Jackman, Chair, British Standards (BSi)
Committee on Sustainable Development and Director, London Financial Academy, Mr. Ben Mellor, Head-
International, Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, U.K., Dr. Jamshed J Irani, Director, Tata Sons
Ltd., Mr. Vikram S Mehta, Chairman, The Shell Group of Companies in India, Mr. Kishor A Chaukar,
Managing Director, Tata Industries Ltd., Mr. Y C Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC Limited, Mr. M S Mehta,
CEO, Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Mr. Nik Senapati, Managing Director, Rio Tinto India Private Limited, Mr.
Ravindra Kastia, Business Head & Group Executive President, Aditya Birla Group, Dr. Ashok Khosla,
Chairman, Development Alternatives, and. Mr. Ravi Singh, CEO & Secretary General, WWF-India.
About CII - ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development:
Formed in Jan. 2006 in New Delhi, the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development makes
available the services of expert resources to advise Indian industry on adopting Sustainability best
practices. It also engages in research on issues of Sustainable Development that are relevant to the
industry. Instituted in January 2006, it focuses as much on small enterprises as large corporations in its
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