Why the World Sustainable Development Forum? (WSDF)

Governments reached a historic agreement in Paris in 2015 to tackle the growing challenge of climate change. In the same year the UN General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with clear outcomes targeted for 2030. While governments will certainly work towards meeting their commitments both in respect of the Paris agreement and the SDGs, the urgency of taking adequate action requires grassroots initiatives involving all stakeholders. The World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF), which has been established in three locations of the world, is attempting to create awareness; to spread information and knowledge; and to inspire action for meeting the challenge of climate change and implementing the 17 SDGs across the globe.

Background

The World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF) is a not- for-profit organization incorporated separately in Europe, Norway and the U.S. Its North American arm WSDF-NA, headquartered in Washington, DC carries 501c3 tax exempt status. WSDF is a global initiative to promote and mobilize global action for effective implementation of both the Paris agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly. WSDF’s relevance and role lies in acting as a facilitator for helping with implementation of actions required under these two sets of agreements. WSDF is in a unique position because of its convening power with those who can act to meet the priorities of society defined by the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. WSDF is working to analyse and facilitate the transformation of society towards a post fossil fuel future while implementing the critical goals identified in the SDGs.

The WSDF-NA has the support of distinguished leaders from across the globe as Patrons of the organization. The members of the Board of WSDF-NA are:

  • Dr. R.K. Pachauri (President)
  • Mr. Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
  • Mr. Anil Kakani, Managing Partner of Vikasa Holdings
  • Prof. Timothy Gregoire, Professor in Forest Management at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.
  • Dr. Charles Ebinger, Senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center
  • Mr. Steven Smith, Managing Director at Ambata Securities LLC
  • Ms. Lucía Rivera, CEO Mexico & Latam at Reddin Consultants
  • Ms. Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
  • Dr. Ash Pachauri, Senior Mentor, Protect Our Planet, Inc.
  • Mr. Richmond Mayo-Smith, Chairman, Climate Finance Partners

Board members of WSDF -Nordic
  1. Rajenda Kumar Pachauri (Chairman)
  2. Theodor Harald Hanisch
  3. Erik Hans Eid Hohle
  4. Lars Valentin Jacobsen

WSDF Steering Committee Members:
  1. Mr. Terry Tamminen, CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
  2. Mr. Steven Smith, Managing Director, Ambata Securities LLC
  3. Mr. Anil Kakani, Managing Partner, Vikasa Holdings
  4. Mr. Charles Ebinger, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center
  5. Ms. Lucía Rivera, CEO Mexico & Latam, Reddin Consultants
  6. Ms. Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
  7. Dr. Timothy Gregoire, Professor in Forest Management, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
  8. Dr. Ash Pachauri, Senior Mentor, Protect Our Planet, Inc.
  9. Mr. Richmond Mayo-Smith, Chairman, Climate Finance Partners
  10. Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer, IIASA
  11. Dr. Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair of the IPCC; and Head, Africa Renewable Energy Initiative
  12. Mr. Theodor Harald Hanisch, Chairman / Senior Advisor, Sitepartner, Norway
  13. Mr. Lars Valentin Jacobsson, CEO & Executive Chairman, United Sun Systems
  14. Mr. Erik Hans Eid Hohle, Managing Director, The Energy Farm, Norway
  15. Mr. Lutz Engelke, Founder and CEO, TRIAD
  16. Dr. Adrián Fernández-Bremauntz, Director Ejecutivo, Iniciativa Climática de México
  17. Mr. Shyam Nokta, Former Adviser to the President of Guyana

 

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