Vivekananda sustainability conference

What is Sustainability?

According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

In the charter for the UCLA Sustainability Committee, sustainability is defined as: “the integration of environmental health, social equity and economic vitality in order to create thriving, healthy, diverse and resilient communities for this generation and generations to come. The practice of sustainability recognizes how these issues are interconnected and requires a systems approach and an acknowledgement of complexity.”

Purpose of Conference

The global environment crisis has manifested itself in extreme climate events, impact on air, water, agriculture, livelihoods and many other dimensions of our ecosystem and threatens the sustainability of our human civilization if immediate remedial measures are not taken in multiple areas. A United Nations report on climate change considers this as “code red” for humanity. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that persistent global emissions have now made it impossible to prevent a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius while our planet is getting irreparably damaged. The environmental crisis is already unfolding and worst is yet to come.

Vivekananda Sustainability Summit spread over 1 day will provide a valuable platform for exchange of views from eminent personalities, experts and thought leaders in various areas of environment impact and sustainability. The summit will bring key stakeholders together from government, corporate sector, academia, non-governmental organizations and civil society at large and will influence opinion makers, increase awareness about the environment crisis, mitigation strategies and roles of various stakeholders.

The conference includes sessions from eminent speakers, an expo demonstrating works of participating organizations working in various areas related to environmental sustainability and an awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will acknowledge and provide awards to various individuals and organizations who have tirelessly contributed notably towards the cause of environmental improvement. The selections will be made by an eminent jury through a credible process.1

Event Schedule


Timings Min. Program Details Provisional Speakers
9am to 10 am   Registration and Breakfast  
10 am to 10.45 am Pre-Inaugural Session Himalayan Sustainability and her impact on Indian subcontinent. 1. Hon'ble Kiren Rijiju 2. Hon'ble P.S. Dhami 3. Sonam Wangchuk 4. Anil Joshi (Confirmed) Moderation by Shri Raj Shekhar Joshi
11am to 12 Inaugural Session and Vivekananda Sustainability Awards Hon. Vice President of India Hon. Shri Nitin Gadkari Ji Cabinet minister GOI Other Dignitaries on stage  
12.15 to 1 pm Is Green Hydrogen Really Green? 1. Dr Ashish Director of CSIR- National chemical laboratory Pune (Confirmed) 2. Tata Projects (Saurabh Mukherji) Confirmed 3. National Green Hydrogen Mission Representative (NITI Aayog ) 4. Anish Dey Global Head Energy and Natural resources KPMG - (Confirmed) Moderation by Shri Tanmay Chakraborty
1pm to 1.45 pm EV Revolution Way ahead for Sustainable transport In India 1) Sameer Yajnik Executive Director Electra EV (Tata ) confirmed 2. Mahesh Babu, CEO, Switch India & COO, Switch Mobility Ltd. (awaited) 3.Sh. Amit Kumar Ghosh, Addl. Secy. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways GOI (Confirmed) 4. Ministry of Heavy Industries 5. Niti Ayog adviser (Contacted) 6. Ambassador of Leading EV Country Moderation By Shri Pradeep Udhas
1.45 pm to 2.30 pm Lunch Break


Timings Min. Program Details Provisional Speakers
2.30 pm to 3.15 pm ESG and Indian corporate Response 1.ESG Head Tata, Reliance, Birla 2. Ministry of Corporate Affairs representative 3) Mr Jamil Khatri co-founder and CEO Uniqus Consultech former Global Head of Accounting Advisory Services KPMG (awaited) 4) Moderation by Tarika Kumar - Director ESG & Sustainability services EY
3.15 pm to 4 pm Waste to wealth - Global challenges & opportunities of e-waste and Indian Response 1) Shri Gopal Arya National Convenor Paryawaran Gatividhi (Confirmed) 2) Mr Rajat Agarwal Gravita India Ltt 3. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. 4. Croma Representative ,Reliance Digital Representative , LG , Samsung Electronic 5. ELCIMA 6) 6. Ambassador of Leading E-waste management country Moderator Ugrasen Singh Saumil VP APP
4 .00 pm to 4.45 pm Food security & Sustainable agriculture 1. Agriculture Secy. 2. National Seeds Corp. of India CMD 3. India Council of Agriculture Research DG. 4. Dr. Vandana Shiva 5. CEO Rallis
4.45 pm to 5.00 pm Tea Break
5.00 pm to 5.45 pm Spirituality and Sustainability Can Spirituality help in Climate Action 1. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev / Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Conversation with Top Ranking Celebrities / Anchor .
5.45 pm to 6.30 pm Validetory Session Role of Indian Youth in Climate Action  1. Hon. Youth affairs Minister / Environment secretary Other Dignitaries on Stage

Speakers OF 2022

vss speaker siddharth sharma
vss speaker Santishree-Dhulipudi-Pandit