Director General's
Message

Director General's
Message

We are, now in an unfortunate time, which is full of uncertainty and insecurity. There is an uneven distribution of wealth, where the meaning of life is not the same, neither equal for all of us. We have ultimately arrived at a cross road, where there are all around, persistent inequality, rising hatred, a warring world and a warming planet. In addition, we are also today hugely impacted by global pandemic Corona COVID 19, endangering our health, property, peace, survival and very existence of life.

Climate change is not only a long-term problem, but also a clear present danger. Because of global warming, we have already risen average global temperature to 1.15°C by now and rapidly moving towards a further rise of 1.5°C. Because of which we have lost many precious assets of the planet by now and the freedom and comfort of living our life is becoming restricted and limited day by day. When there is an increase of 1°C, there is also an increase of about 35% of adverse impacts to our natural eco-systems, such as the speed and the direction of the wind flow pattern, colder and warmer ocean-current flow etc, resulting more and more extreme events and natural calamities, Affecting both water quality and quantity, Loss of significant bio-diversity in terms of sensitive flora and fauna species, Sea Level rise, Destabilising normal weather pattern and duration of seasons including erratic rain fall, Huge loss of agricultural production, endangering our food security and Spreading vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and so on. Climate change is a manifestation of human activities, generating Green House Gases (GHGs) over last 100's of years, which is making our life measurable day by day. Today our only home is in danger, making our life vulnerable our own existence.

On the other hand, our Greed is expanding from bigger to biggest, in comparison to all of our Needs. We instead of opting for a sustainable lifestyle are opting for lavishly lifestyle, by consuming more and more planetary resources, endangering the survival rights for our future generation. We have already exceeded our limit of using one Earth and now use 1.75 Earths to provide the resource, we use and absorb wastes. This means it now takes the Earth one year and seven and half months to regenerate, what we use in a year. Today our global ecological footprint is in overshoot. It would likely to take 2 Earths by 2030 and 3 Earths by 2050, if current trends continue (Global Footprint Network). It is a shame for all of us today, we should not be the generation that fiddle and abuse our common properties, our bio-capital and our precious planetary natural resources, any more.

But there is also hope. Our greatest source of hope is the world’s younger people. The world needs them to keep speaking out, keep thinking big, keep pushing boundaries and keep the pressure up for achieving a sustainable planet, which will shape our future.

IISD engaged in, present day status review, policy analysis and translating SDGs into actions, along with UN, Governments, Crediable Think Tanks and the Communities. IISD today, is with all of you, stands with you and belongs to you. We are launching a decade long action for the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to unfold the present day challenges to achieve an equitable and a just world, which is full of hope, opportunity, offering enough social justice, environmental protection, with adequate job, employment and sustainability livelihood options for each of us.

Anticipating with all of your Cooperation...
With Warm Regards,


Dr Srikant K Panigrahi




2018 Carbon Dioxide Emissions Tonnes per Capita

Source: Global Carbon Project, 2019, The World Bank
Courtesy: Ville Seppälä




IISD is Committed to translate SDGs into Action

Source: UN Global Goals 2030, 2015