Making a frank assessment of the recently-concluded Rio+20 summit, a team of environmental experts from Teri maintained that despite not coming up with specific commitments, the meet did help re-focus on the issue of sustainable development.

Nitin Desai, former UN deputy secretary general and distinguished fellow Teri, emphasised India’s stellar role in ensuring that the Obama administration “did not whittle down the principles of equity that had been accepted by the former Bush administration”.