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FICCI – ICRIER Conference on “Strategies for Sustainable Development: Climate Action, Financial Reform”, August 3, 2015

FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi


Draft Agenda Outline


Launch Venue

Conference Room, 3rd Floor, FICCI, Federation House

09:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Inaugural Session

Opening Address: Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Global Commissioner of the New Climate Economy and Member of UNEP Inquiry
International Advisory Council

Keynote Address: Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson,

3.      Inaugural Address: Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister for  Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India (TBC)

4.      Special Address: Shri Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India (TBC)

Special Address: Shri Madhusudan Prasad, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India (TBC)

6.      Special Address: Mr. Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute

7.      Vote of thanks: Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI

Launch of the New Climate Economy’s India Report titled ‘India: Pathways to Sustaining Rapid Development in a New Climate Economy’

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tea Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion I – Strategic Framework for Cities: Linking Economic Performance and Climate Performance

India is at the cusp of a major urban transition. There is a need to identify urban policies and programs at
the national, state and local levels directed towards sectors such as transportation, water, energy systems, institutions and governance that can
help foster smarter and more efficient urban growth that is equitable, economically vibrant and climate-smart. This session will discuss emergent
urban development pathways and the opportunities available in Indian urban policy making to support smarter livable cities in India that are also
economically dynamic and climate resilient.  

Chair: Prof.  Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs



1.      Prof. A. K. Gosain, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

2.      Mr. Nitin Pandit, Managing Director, World Resources Institute, India

3.      Mr. Pradeep Kapoor, General Manager, City Account Management – Delhi, NCR, Siemens India (TBC)

4.      Mr. Rajan Anandan, Vice President & Managing Director, Google, South East Asia & India (TBC)

5.      Dr. Satish Kumar, Senior Advisor, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd.

12:45 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.


01:30 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.


Panel Discussion II – Low
Carbon Strategies for India in Agriculture and Forestry

India has declared its readiness to cut carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 20-25 per cent from the 2005 levels by 2020. The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) stresses the overriding importance in India’s development agenda of rapid economic growth
as ‘an essential precondition to poverty eradication and improved standards of living’. This session seeks to discuss the scope for policy reforms that can strengthen the economic performance and resilience of Indian agriculture while also helping to abate its GHG emissions.


Chair: Prof. Anwarul Hoda, Chair
Professor of ICRIER’s Trade Policy and WTO Research Programme, ICRIER (Session Chair)




1.      Dr. H. P. Singh, Director, Jain Irrigation System Ltd.

2.      Dr. Ramesh Chand, Director, National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP)

3.      Dr. A. K. Sikka, Deputy Director General, National Resource Management, Indian Council of Agricultural Research


02:30 p.m. – 03:45 p.m.


Panel Discussion III – Sustainable Financing

Creating a sustainable financial system for India is imperative to deliver a step change in the financial system’s effectiveness in mobilizing capital towards a green and inclusive economy. Drawing upon the recommendations of the FICCI-UNEP India Inquiry
Interim Report on ‘Designing a Sustainable Financial System for India’ as a reference point, this session seeks to further deliberate on the triggers for sustainable financing in India, the challenges that need to be addressed and opportunities for the financial sector to align itself toward the sustainability paradigm.


Chair: Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Member, UNEP Inquiry International Advisory Council and Chairperson, UNEP Inquiry India Advisory Council (Session Chair)



1.      Dr. Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)  (TBC)

Mr. Ardeshir Contractor, MD & CEO, Kiran Energy Solar Power Private Limited

3.      Mr. Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System at UNEP

4.      Mr. Mark Halle, Executive
Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Europe (TBC)

5.      Mr. Girish Shrimali, Director, Climate Policy Initiative, India

03:45 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.

Wrap Up and Tea


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