[URBANTH-L] CFP: Conference on Energy, Environment and Development (Bangalore)

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Fri Jul 21 08:35:03 EDT 2006

International Conference on Energy, Environment, and Development: Analysing
Opportunities for Reducing Poverty

14 -16 December 2006

Organised by: Institut Veolia Environnement (IVE), The Energy and Resources
Institute (TERI), and Institute for Sustainable Development and International
Relationships (IDDRI)

Coordinator: Ms Ulka Kelkar

IVE, TERI, and IDDRI announce the 3rd Future Environmental Trends Conference on
“Energy, Environment, and Development – Analysing Opportunities for Reducing
Poverty”, to be held during 14-16 December 2006 in Bangalore, India. The
conference will focus on challenges for sustainable development that arise from
the nexus between energy, environment, and poverty. It will provide an
opportunity for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and the donor
community to engage in constructive dialogue on possible solutions. It will
attempt to identify an agenda for action and policy relevant research,
particularly focusing on developing countries in Asia.

Conference Themes

The conference will have six themes, each having specific topics as described
below. All themes focus on the linkages between energy, environment, and
development. All are long-term issues which require balanced enquiry and careful
analysis in terms of present and future development pathways. Some of the topics
relate to relatively less studied questions on which the conference could focus
global attention and act as a catalyst for action.

Theme I: Energy - the “missing MDG”?
This session will discuss how energy policies can create opportunities for the
poor, promote employment generation in rural areas, and reduce the negative
environmental effects of current energy development? Which initiatives have been
successful on the ground? How have the Johannesburg partnerships for sustainable
development fared? Can these lead to self-reinforcing long-term improvements in
standards of living?

Theme II: Sustainable lifestyles
This session will focus on topics such as patterns of energy use in food
production or waste generation, modification of consumption patterns, and
sustainable urban mobility.

Theme III: Local dimensions of global environmental challenges
This session will focus on issues of equity, livelihoods, and access to common
property resources, conflicts arising from water scarcity and threats to food
security, and linkages between climate change adaptation and the Millennium
Development Goals.

Theme IV: Globalization - forces of change
This session will tackle issues of energy access in this changing global
scenario. What conditions are essential to ensure that globalisation and
economic growth translate into reduced inequities? What business models are
needed to enhance access of the rural poor to energy and other services? How
should we combine technology innovation, local empowerment, and adaptation of
existing knowledge and experience to suit local needs to provide goods and
services that enhance their productivity?

Theme V: Technological leapfrogging
This session will address issues of technology adaptation, building capability,
ensuring financial and physical access, and policy frameworks that facilitate
technology adoption.

Theme VI: Revitalizing research and development
This session will address such questions as how effective the R&D institutions
have been in servicing growth patterns in Asia, how the educational system would
move to a satisfactory level of R&D and innovation. It will broadly aim to
arrive at a roadmap for developing countries in general to move them towards
higher S&T capacities and actions for sustainable development.

Call for papers

Submissions of paper abstracts are invited on the conference themes (see website
for the proper format: http://www.teriin.org/events_inside.php_id_17298)

All inquires and submissions must be made electronically to the Conference
organizers at eed at teri.res.in

The last date for applications is 15 August 2006

Selection of papers will be on the basis of scientific excellence, by an eminent
Advisory Committee. Notification of acceptance will be received by 30 September
2006. Additional information including details about the conference
arrangements, venue, and programme will be provided at that time to

Funding support

There is limited funding for developing country participants whose papers are
accepted. Decisions about funding will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
considering the relevance of work, and regional and thematic balance.

Important deadlines

Abstract submission: 15 August 2006
Notice of acceptance: 30 September 2006
Registration form deadline: 31 October 2006

Advisory committee

H E Mr Malik Amin Aslam
Minister of State for Environment, Government of Pakistan
H E Mr Benji Dorji
Advisor-National Environment Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan
Prof. Akio Morishima
Chair, Board of Directors, Institute of Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
Dr Mohan Munasinghe
Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development, Sri Lanka
Dr R K Pachauri
Director-General TERI and Chairman Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Dr Emil Salim
Former Minister for Population and Environment, Indonesia
Prof. Amartya Sen
Nobel Laureate, and Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and
Philosophy, Harvard University
Dr Farooq Sobhan
President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, Bangladesh
Dr Georges Valentis
Managing Director, Institut Veolia Environnement

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