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Net-Zero Emissions Opportunity in India

This program brings together three founding members of the High-level Policy Commission on Getting Asia to Net Zero, former Australian Prime Minister and President of the Asia Society and Asia Society Policy Institute Kevin Rudd; former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon; International Finance Corporation Global Head and Director of Climate Business Vivek Pathak, to discuss India’s path to net zero emissions and the opportunities it presents. The conversation will be moderated by the President of the India International Center and former Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator on Climate Change Shyam Saran and include welcoming remarks from the director of the India International Center KN Shrivastava. It will also include the launch of a Commission report, Bringing India to Net Zero, which uses new modeling to examine how India can achieve net-zero emissions in a way that benefits its economy, society and place in the world. The discussion comes ahead of a pivotal moment for Asian and Indian leaders in particular, with India assuming the G20 presidency in 2023 and the Asia-Pacific Group hosting COP28.


The deputy. Kevin RuddAC is President and CEO of the Asia Society and inaugural President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He was Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007 to 2010, 2013) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010 to 2012). He is Chairman of the Board of the International Peace Institute in New York and President of Sanitation and Water for All – a global partnership of governmental and non-governmental organizations dedicated to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House and the Paulson Institute, and a Distinguished Statesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a member of the Eminent Persons Group of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.

HE Ban Ki-moon is Chairman and President of the Global Green Growth Institute and served as the eighth Secretary-General (2007-2016) of the United Nations. He is Chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future, Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia and Co-Chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens. He is also Chairman of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee and Vice Chairman of The Elders, an independent group of world leaders created by President Nelson Mandela. Prior to heading the UN, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. His 37-year career as a diplomat included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and Vienna, as well as key responsibilities for various portfolios, including as Foreign Policy Advisor to the President, Chief National Security Advisor to the President, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Deputy Minister of Policy Planning, and the Director General of American Affairs.

Vivek Pathak is the Global Head and Director of Climate Affairs at the International Finance Corporation. In this role, he seeks out opportunities and works to raise the capital necessary to move them forward. He also leads business development, guides standard setting and new product design, and connects the dots within the company to integrate the climate lens into all of IFC’s activities. It believes that the private sector will be key to greening key sectors of national economies – from energy and transport to agriculture and manufacturing – and is committed to helping customers who are striving to make advance the low-carbon transition in their countries and communities. . Prior to his current role, Mr. Pathak was Regional Director of IFC. The Director of the International Center of India, KN Shrivastava, will deliver a welcoming address.

KN Shrivastava was appointed Director of the India International Center by the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining as Director, IIC, he worked as a Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) (March to July 2014) and subsequently as an Administrative Member of the Central Administrative Court (March 2015-December 2018). In the Government of India, he worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Culture (2000-02), Joint Secretary (Airports) (2006-08) in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (2009-10), Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-12). During his tenure as Joint Secretary (Airports), most of the Greenfield and Brownfield airport development projects were initiated.

Shri Shyam Saran (moderator) is a former Foreign Minister of India from 2004 to 2006, former Chairman of the National Security Advisory Council and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change. After leaving public office in 2010, he led the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a prestigious think tank focused on economic issues (2011-2017) and was Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board of the National Security Council ( 2013-15).