Global debate on climate and energy

“World Wide Views” project – India chapter organized by TERI

New Delhi, 6th June 2015

The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiated a global project called “World Wide Views on climate change and energy”. With the support of a network of independent organizations, this project consisted in a series of surveys conducted worldwide in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) to be held in December this year.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) think tank organized the India chapter of this project, which aimed at gathering the contribution on climate change issues of more than 100 Indian citizens representing a variety of backgrounds.

The India chapter of this worldwide event was inaugurated in the presence of H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India and Dr Leena Srivastava, Acting Director-General on Saturday, 6th June 2015, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The results of this day long debate were announced during the closing ceremony, on the same day, in the presence of Ambassador Richier and Mr Nitin Desai, Member of the PM’s Council on climate change.

The results are available online on

The very same day, thousands of people around the world had a debate on the same issues, starting at dawn in the Pacific region and continuing until dusk in the Americas. France, as chair of COP21, will be interested in the results of this global consultation in the run-up to the Paris Climate conference at the end of the year.

World Wide Views:

The “World Wide Views” project was held the same day, on Saturday 6th June 2015, in 100 different countries. In each country, 100 citizens participated in a day-long information and deliberation process, tackling all the issues related to climate and energy. The same protocol was enforced from one country to another to initiate a global debate on climate and energy as well as prepare a summary for policymakers to be presented on 15th June.

This project was initiated by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). France being chair of the next Climate Change Conference (COP21), it provided technical support through the French National Commission for public debate, jointly with the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Missions Publiques.

This project is part of a series of initiatives to raise awareness and gather ideas and best practices in the lead-up to the COP21.


The Energy and Resources Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research institute deeply committed to every aspect of energy, environment, and sustainable development. From providing environment-friendly solutions to rural energy problems, to helping shape the development of the Indian oil and gas sector; from tackling global climate change issues across many continents to enhancing forest conservation efforts among local communities; from advancing solutions to growing urban transportation and air pollution problems to promoting energy efficiency in Indian industries, the emphasis has always been on finding innovative solutions to make the world a better place to live in. All activities at TERI move from formulating local and national-level strategies to suggesting global solutions tackling critical energy and environment related issues.

Last modified on 29/07/2015

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