2015 marks the 25th anniversary of The Energy and Resources Institute North America (TERI NA). Since it was established in Washington DC in 1990, TERI NA has been at the forefront of setting the agenda for developing countries on a range of critical development issues. Over the years, TERI NA has emerged as the developing country's conscience for global policy-makers on issues such as energy, environment and sustainable development and has mobilized support towards these issues. TERI NA activities are focused on conducting breakthrough research and providing thought leadership through organizing summits, round-tables, workshops and conferences to sensitize decision-makers in North America to the growth concerns of developing nations.
One such initiative is the annual US-India Energy Partnership Summit. Initiated in 2009, the Summit brings together senior political representatives and leading policy makers, researchers and corporates from both countries to deliberate and create solutions toward a sustainable future. The flagship event of TERI NA, it has become a prominent platform to address issues related to energy security and clean energy for sustainable development.
Distinguished speakers at previous editions of the Summit have included Al Gore, Former Vice-President, United States of America & Co-Founder and Chairman, Generation Investment Management; John Kerry, then United States Senator from Massachusetts; John Holdren, Assistant to President Obama for Science and Technology and Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy & Coordinator International Energy Affairs, Energy Resources Bureau, US Department of State; Daniel Poneman, then Acting Secretary of Energy, US Department of Energy; Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID; Nisha Desai Biswal, then Assistant Administrator for Asia and Near East, USAID; and several others from the US government as well as a number of senior Ministers and officials from the Indian government.
As TERI NA commemorates the 25 year landmark, it is time to reaffirm our mission and objectives and strive for greater cooperation and collaboration between the two countries for a clean, safe and sustainable future.