Since 2001, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has annually organized the DSDS as an international platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development. Over the past thirteen years, it has emerged as one of the foremost fora on issues of global sustainability. This flagship event of TERI brings together various heads of state and government, thought leaders, policy makers and the crème de la crème of industry and academia to deliberate on myriad issues. To date, the Summit has hosted 36 heads of state, ministers from over 50 countries and delegates from across continents. The Summit has evolved as a significant congregation of leaders from the fields of polity, economy, academia and civil society to deliberate on issues related to sustainable development.