AYUDH – Global Youth Wing

Vidyamritam – Children scholarships
Technology enhanced Learning: AmritaRITE, OLabs, MedSIM, AyurSIM, AVIEW, VLab
Online Education – African batch of fully funded students in Amrita’s BCA degree
AmritaJSS – Skill Development and Adult Literacy
AmritaServe – Education, Skill Development, Learning Technologies
Inclusive Education: Amrita Orphanage, Amrita Institute for Differently Abled, Amrita Speech and Hearing Improvement School (ASHIS), Village Education Centers
Sustainable and Resilient
Communities Conclave 2023

May 12 – 14 (Amrita University, Coimbatore Campus)

The prestigious 2-day conclave in Sikkim has been integral in shaping policy recommendations from Civil 20 India 2023 to G20 leadership. The conclave was successful in providing a platform for policymakers, experts, and CSOs to engage in dialogues and deliberations for developing policy recommendations on the following areas:
  • Climate Resilience and Social Justice
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Net Zero Emission Management
  • Compassion Driven Approaches to Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Highlights Of The Conclave


Eminent speakers from 22 countries


Participants from 30+ countries


Plenary sessions


Roundtable sessions

30 CSOs

Presentation of Best practices


Training sessions participants

Inaugural Ceremony

Amb.Vijay Nambiar

Principal Coordinator, C20
Retired Ambassador of India & Under-Secretary General of the United Nations

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

Troika Member, C20
President of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

H.E. Ms Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda

High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda

Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh

SRC Working Group Coordinator

Prof. Vinod Menon

SRC Working Group Coordinator

Valedictory Ceremony

Shri Lakshman Prasad Acharya

Hon. Governor of Sikkim

Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha

Honorable Minister, Land Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Sikkim.

H.E. Mustapha Jawara

Ambassador of Gambia to India

Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh

SRC Working Group Coordinator

Prof. Vinod Menon

SRC Working Group Coordinator


Day 1

Plenary 1: Climate Resilience

Prof. Vinod Menon

Founding Member, NDMA & C20 SRC Working Grouping Coordinator.

Ms. Virginia Jameson

Deputy Secretary for Climate and Working Lands at California Department of Food and Agriculture, USA.

Shri Dhiren G

Shrestha, Director – Science & Technology Department, Govt of Sikkim.

Dr. K.S. Hosalikar

Head, Climate Research & Services & SI Division, IMD Pune. Govt of India.

Ms. Shruti Sharma

Policy Analyst, India Country Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Dr. Tarek Rashed

Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Civilizology LLC, USA.

Ms. Chungkela Lepcha

Councillor, Chandmari, Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Sikkim.

Plenary 2: Climate Finance and Social Justice

Dr. Sudha Arlikatti

Professor & Research Head, Amrita School for Sustainable Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Mr. Sam Liccardo

Lecturer at Stanford Law School & Former San Jose Mayor of the San Jose City Council, USA.

Mr. Jyotiraj Patra

Climate Change and Adaptation Specialist, Green Climate Fund, UNDP, India.

Dr. Saleemul Huq

Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh.

Mr. Shravan Shankar

Co founder Climake, Atworks.

Plenary 3: Environmental Sustainability and Biodiversity Conservation

Dr. Sudesh Kumar Wadhavan

Former Director General Geological Survey of India.

Mr. Sanjoy Hazarika

Managing Trustee, C-NES, Assam.

Shri. Pradeep Kumar

IFS APCCF-cum-Secretary, Forest and Environment Department, Government of Sikkim.

Dr. Mozharaul Alam

Regional Coordinator, Climate Action, Asia and Pacific Office, UNEP, Bangladesh.

Mr. Michael H Glantz

Professor/Principal Investigator/Director Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), USA.

Mr. Tobias Nauruki

International Liaison Director, Team Environment Kenya.

Dr. Marcella D’Souza

Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), Pune, India.

Plenary 4: Food security and Livelihood Protection

Dr. Joris Aertens

Consultant on Sustainable Agriculture Policies, Belgium.

Mr. Thomas Legrand

Lead Technical advisor for the Conscious Food Systems Alliance convened by UNDP, France.

Dr. Kiruba Krishnaswamy

Assistant Professor, Biological Engineering (Sustainable Food Systems Engineering), University of Missouri, USA.

Mr. Dorian Spaak

Terre et Cite, France.

Roundtable 1: Science and Technologies for Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Dr. Arun Kumar Sarma

Director General, NECTAR.

Mr. Vishal Sharma

General Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, ESRI.

Mr. Rahul Kapoor

Head – Corporate Sustainability & Purchase, Tata Consultancy Services.

Prof. Gopal Krishna

Managing Director, Syntegral.

Dr. Krishnashree Achutan

C20 Working Group Coordinator for Technology, Security & Transparency and Director, Technology Business Incubator, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh

Provost, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, & UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Roundtable 2: Policy, Governance, & Sustainable Finance for Sustainable & Resilient Communities

Dr. Satyanand Mishra IAS (Retd.)

Former Chief Information Commissioner of India.

Prof. Anand Patwardhan

Professor, School of Public Policy & Senior Fellow for Centre for Global Sustainability, Centre for Governance of Technology & Systems Sustainability, University of Maryland, USA.

Mr. Rafael Tuts

Director, Global Solutions Division, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat.

Dr. Soumya Balasubramanya

Senior Economist at The World Bank, USA.

Dr. Bhavani Rao

C20 Working Group Coordinator for Gender Equality and Disability & UNESCO Chair on Women Empowerment & Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Dr. Markandey Rai

Senior Advisor, UN-HABITAT (United Nation Human Settlements Programme).

Mrs Kala Rai

Councilor, Municipal Corporation, Gangtok, Sikkim.

Day 2

Plenary 5: Net-Zero Electricity, Transport and Industry

Mr. Srinivas Krishnaswamy

CEO, Vasudha Foundation.

Mr. Sujeet Kumar

Member of Parliament, Odisha.

Mr. Rohit Chasta

Head Sustainability, Schneider Electric.

Mr. Chandrashekhar Chincholkar

Director – Corporate Advisory, Customised Energy Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

Dr. Thanh-Tam Le

Director – Impact and Performance, Climate-KIC (Europe), Paris.

Dr. Stephan Singer

Senior Advisor – Climate Science and Global Energy Policy, Climate Action Network International.

Plenary 6: Sustainable Lifestyle, Agriculture, Environment and Partnerships

Dr. Murali Rangarajan

Chairperson, Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials & Green Technologies, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki

Founder, Energy Swaraj Foundation, Professor at IIT Bombay, Founder of Energy Swaraj Foundation, Brand Ambassador of Solar Energy, Govt of MP, Solar Man of India.

Mr. Aryanto Nugroho

Co-Chair, C20 Indonesia and National Coordinator – PWYP, Indonesia.

Mr. Sanjay Vasisht

Director, Climate Action Network South Asia.

Dr. Minal Pathak

Global Center for Environment and Energy, Ahmedabad University and Senior Scientist, Technical Support shyPrasanth Nair Unit, Working Group III (Mitigation), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr. Louise Jackson

Emeritus Professor, University of California Davis, USA.

Plenary 7: Compassion as the Driving Force for Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Prof. Vinod Menon

Founding Member, NDMA.

Mr. Prasanth Nair

IAS, Special Secretary, SC/ST development and backward classes development, Government of Kerala.

Mr. Shyam Kurup

Vice President, Aries Offshore Engineering /BizTV Network.

Ms. Karen Mowad

President, Healthcare Charities, USA.

Mr. Gopinathan Achamkulangare

Inspector in the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System.

Dr. Athi Sivan

Founding Chairman, Amriteswari Society, Malaysia.

Plenary 8: Compassion driven education and youth empowerment

Dr. Maneesha V Ramesh

Provost, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham & UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development.

Mr. Anish Sreshta

Executive Director, Youth for Environmental Education and Development Foundation.

Avia Destimianti

Co-founder and Executive Director, Yayasan Bela Negara Nasional Indonesia (Beneran Indonesia).

Swami Dayamritananda Puri

Executive Director of Mata Amritanandamayi Centers, USA.

Dr. Rajasundar Chandran

Head of Advanced Manufacturing, iPrint HEIA Fr, Switzerland.

John Nelson

Founder, Station Manager, CUDDALORE 107.8 MHz Disaster Emergency Radio.

Roundtable 3: Spiritual Love & A Compassionate Approach As Driving Forces For Sustainable & Resilient Communities

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

Head of Advanced Manufacturing, iPrint HEIA Fr, Switzerland.

H.E. Ms Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda

High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda.

H.E. Mustapha Jawara

High Commissioner of the Republic of The Gambia.

Shri Sonam Bhutia

Principal, SIHNS.

Prof. Vinod Menon

Founding Member, NDMA and C20 SRC Working Group Coordinator.

Dr. Bhavani Rao

UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning.

Roundtable 4: Sustainable & Resilient Practices Prevalent in Indigenous Communities

Ms.Patricia Gualinga

Sarayaku, Amazon Ecuador.

Ms. Ivanna Olivares Miranda

Comunidad diaguita Taucan, Chilems.

Mr. Tom Tshering Lepcha

Deputy Director, Govt of Sikkim.

Dr. Prema Nedungadi

Founding Director at AmritaCREATE.

MoUs Signed

Presentation on Udaharans

Watershed Organisation Trust - Climate-SDGs Integration Project: Supporting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda through Ecosystem-based Adaptation
TERRE Policy Centre, India - Community-based ecological restoration of degraded forests for sustainable livelihood development in the biodiversity hotspot of the Western Ghats in India.
Sacred Earth Trust, India - Protecting Sacred Groves in India
Dharmalife Foundation, India - The Jaya Alliance – The Green Weave Programme
Association Syndicale Libre de l'Ecohameau du Plessis, France - The Plessis ecovillage
Sahyadri Foundation - Aastha Beggars Homeless Rehabilitation Shelter, Nagpur
Auroville Design Consultants - Humanscapes Habitat – Youth Housing Program
Bunko Junko - An eco-friendly initiative by Upcycling textile for Promoting Green Recovery For Jobs, Income and Sustainable Growth
Maanushi Foundation - Maanushi for Earth
Resolve Trash2Cash - Sustainable Management of Waste
POP (Protect Our Planet) Movement - POP Country-based Initiatives
Industree Foundation - Nurturing The Next Regenerative Economy
Sarvathobhadram-Organic Initiative: Cooperative Model for Resilient Agriculture by Adopting System of Rice Intensification.
SUVARNA - Safe Veggies – a Capacity Building initiative in organic farming for Women
Saukhyam Pads - Reimagining menstrual health through sustainable methods
India Water Foundation - Rejuvenating the local water capacity and empowering entrepreneurial capacity.
KCC Sikkim - Conservation for sustainable livelihood
SaveTheHills - Innovation for disaster preparedness
IAMAC - Integrative Aesthetic Cosmetology
Jan Kalyan Shikshan Prasar - Eco Next Miles to develop Young Eco Guides for women empowerment and learning community miti for sustainable development in Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh
Crosslinks Foundation - InterGram: Catalyzing Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Practices among Indian Farmers through Rural e-Community Centers
Carbon Care Innloab - SolarCare Programme
MaolKeki Foundation - Grassroots activities focusing on integrated last-mile agriculture and healthcare services.
Agrani Bharat Abhiyan - Eco-system designed for the benefit of common people, our nation & the world through Socio-Economical system
Children's Investment Fund Foundation - Unnat Kheti
TEPOP association - Olympiades à énergie Populaire (Popular Energy Olympics)
Gram Vikas - Community-owned Social and Agroforestry for Protecting and Rejuvenating Water Sources