The concept of sustainable development first emerged in the 1960s when environmentalists started debating on the impact of economic growth on the environment. Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and the planet. For sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and are all crucial for the well–being of individuals and society.
The situation appears to be unsustainable. The major and immediate challenge of the current century is to generate inclusive, balanced and sustainable growth. In order to create a better and sustainable future, Governments, Corporate academicians and NGOs will need to work collectively and playing their respective roles most effectively. In this backdrop, it becomes essential to provide a stimulating platform for academicians and practitioners to reflect, deliberate and suggest measures that are needed both at macro and the micro level to elevate India and other backward economies to higher and sustained growth trajectory.
Simply put, the conference aims at finding ways to increase prosperity and improve the quality of life while reducing overall pollution and waste, meeting our own needs and aspirations without causing damage to the prospects of future generations and reduce the environmental burden we are creating on our neighbors and help to preserve common resources. Industry has a vital role to play in this direction. It requires full cooperation and participation of the Industry and academia along with other sectors of the community to achieve complete integration of the needs for economic and social development and as well conserve the environment.