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International Water Security and Climate Change Conference || 15-17 November 2021

Dr. Amrita Jash, Asst. Professor, Manipal University inaugurated the session with her remarks on water security and its conservation. A.B. Pandya, Chairperson, Organising Committee, GCTC delivered the welcome address on Water Security. Dr. Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Security, and Chairman- Advisory Board, GCTC presented the First keynote address on ‘Outlook of Climate Change Post COP 26’.

 The Second Keynote address was delivered by Dr. Shekhar Dutt, IAS (Retd.), Former Governor, Chhattisgarh, and Former Secretary, Defence. He is also the Patron- GCTC.

 Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister for Jal Shakti, Government of India, delivered the Ministerial conference.

 Session 1 titled ‘Water-Food-Energy-Climate-Energy nexus’ was chaired by Dr. Amrita Josh, Asst. Professor, Manipal University. Speakers included Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Program Director, CGIAR Research Program, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Dr. Sharad Kumar Jain, Visiting Professor, Civil Engineering department, IIT-Roorkee, Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Independent Consultant, Climate Change, Dr. Vijay K Labhsetwar, Consultant ICID, Dr. Annukka Lipponen, Chief Specialist, Water Resources Management, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland.

 The third keynote speaker Shri Bharat Lal, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India delivered his talk on ‘Jal Jeevan Mission- Clean Tap Water to every rural household by 2024’.

 Mr. Shashank, Patron- GCTC and Fmr. Foreign Secretary, Government of India delivered a keynote address on Climate Change and international security.

 Dr. Lior Asaf, Water Attache, Embassy of Israel, spoke on ‘India on Israel’s Water security Model and lessons for India’.

 Brig. Ravi Reddy, Chief Engineer, Pune zone delivered a keynote address on water security developments.

 Mr. Rajendra Singh, Conservationist, and Tarun Bharat Singh, Environmentalist, spoke on water conservation and security.

 Session 2 titled ‘Water Security and Climate Change towards Atmanirbhar Bharat’ included Ms. Indira Khurana, Chairperson, Indian Himalayan River Basins Council; Vice Chairperson, Tarun Bharat Singh, Dr. K Y Reddy, Dean, Angrau University, Mr. Ashok Kharya, Chief Engineer, National Water Academy, Central Water Commission, and Dr. Pushp Bajaj, Research Fellow, Blue Economy, Cluster National Maritime foundation.

 Dr. Kamran Emami, Vice President, ICID, delivered a keynote address on ‘Adaptive Water Resources and Flood management’.

Ms. Indira Khurana, Chairperson, Indian Himalayan River Basins Council, Vice Chairperson, delivered a keynote address on Water conservation.

 Session 3 titled ‘Geopolitics, Green Politics, and Geoeconomics of water security & Climate Change: Global, Regional, and National’ was chaired by Prof. M.D. Nalapat, UNESCO Peace Chair, Dept. of Geopolitics and IR, Manipal University, India. Speaker included Mr. Salman Khurshid, Former Union Minister for External Affairs, Government of India and Mr. Manjeev Singh Puri, Distinguished Fellow, Earth Sciences and Climate change and Uttam Sinha, Head, Non-Traditional Security Centre, Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses.

 Session 4 titled ‘India’s Water Security framework: Rethinking, Recasting, and Rebuilding’ was chaired by Dr. Sharad Kumar Jain, Visiting Professor, IIT-Roorkee. Mr. S.K. Haldar, Chairman, Central Water Commission and Dr. A.K. Gosain, Professor, Emeritus Dept. of Civil engineering, IIT-D.

 Session 5 titled ‘Interstate River Conflicts and Sub-regional Integration for water security of India’ with Mr. Alok Sikka, Country Representative, IWMI as the chair. Mr. Tarun Aggarwal, Secretary, Bhakra Beas Management Board and Mr. Srinivas Chokkakula, Research Chair, Centre for Policy Research, and Mr. Rajender Singh participated as speakers.

 Session 6 titled ‘River Rejuvenation and Maintaining Health of Water ecosystem’ was chaired by Mr. U.P. Singh, Secretary (Textiles), Government of India. Mr. R.K. Sinha, Member, Central Water Commission, and Mr. Vivek Kapadia, Secretary, Government of Gujarat and Director- Sardar Sarovar Project, Mr. Aditya Dinkar, Secretary, Central Board of Irrigation and Power, and Ms. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary and Country Coordinator, Global Water Partnerships- India.

 Session 7 titled ‘Water Demand and Management: Strategies, Policies, and initiatives’ was chaired by Mr. H.K. Verma, Executive Director, ICID. Speakers included Mr Khushvinder Vohra, Member, Central Water Commission, Government of India, Mr. Heera Lal, Additional Mission director, UP National Health Mission, and additional mission director, UP-SACS, and Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, Chief Engineer, Dept. of Irrigation, Govt. of Punjab.

 Session 8 titled ‘Towards National Water Security through storages’ was chaired by Mr. Anil Razdan, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary (Power), Government of India. Speakers included Mr. R.K. Gupta, Member (Design and Research), Central Water Commission, Government of India., Mr. A.K. Singh, NHPC Ltd. and Mr. R.K. Vishnoi, CMD, THDC Ltd.

Session 9 titled ‘Water Management Infrastructure: Critical infrastructure and its importance’ was chaired by Mr. Devendra Kumar Sharma, Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission & Fmr. Chairman, Bhakra Beas Management board. Speakers included Mr. Sanjay Srivastava, Chairman & Member- Irrigation, Bhakra Beas Management Board. Mr. V.K.Singh, CMD, NEEPCO Ltd. and Mr. Pramod Narayan, Project Director, Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, Central Water Commission, Government of India participated as speakers.

Dr. Suresh Prabhu, Former Minister of Railways, Power, Commerce, and Industry, delivered a keynote address.

Shri Pankaj Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India delivered a keynote address. H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Sarswatiji, President and Spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh delivered a keynote address. Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Former Union Minister for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change delivered a keynote address. Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, Government of India delivered a keynote address.

Session 10 titled ‘Emerging Innovations by Industries in Green Technology’ was chaired by Zafar Sareshwala, Former Chancellor, Maulana Azad National University and speakers included Mr. Maayan Mulla, CEO, Water Gen India, Dr. Sahdev Singh, Director- Knowledge, Management, ICID, Mr. Niv Pintow, CEO, Livnat Engineering. And Dr. TBS Rajput, Water Technology Centre.Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati delivered a keynote address. Prof. (Dr.) Ragab, President, ICID, UK delivered a keynote address. Dr. Ajay Mathur, DG, International Solar Alliance delivered a keynote on ‘Water Security: Renewable Electricity in a Rural Perspective’.

Session 12 titled ‘Paris Climate Treaty to Glasgow Convention: Moving Towards the solutions’ was chaired by Prof. M.D. Nalapat, UNESCO Peace Chair, Dept. of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, India. Speakers included Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW, Mr. Tarun Kapoor, Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, and Dr. Manish Shrivastav, Asst. Professor and Program Coordinator, TERI, New Delhi and Mr. Bjorn Fonden, Former Climate Change Specialist, UNFCCC

Session 13 titled ‘Challenges and Solutions Achieving Panchamrit and Water Security’ was chaired by Mr. Alok Perti, Advisor-GCTC and Former Coal Secretary, Govt. of India. Speakers included Ms. Rajani Ranjan Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, ORF, and Mr. Ritesh Arya, Geologist, and Mr. Siddharth Singh, Lead India Analyst and coordinator, International Energy Agency.

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