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Keynote Understanding ASEAN and the Global Climate Deal in Paris – Where are we now? The year 2015 is a significant year not just for the region, but also the world. In Southeast Asia, this year is where the ASEAN Community integration is due to happen. And on the global stage, to agree on a climate deal that will combat the impacts of climate change. The alignment of these events makes it a perfect opportunity for the region to look into its next phase of development, building a foundation towards a more environmentally sustainable growth trajectory.

During this address, we will learn what are the efforts that have been done so far in the areas of climate change, and how the region can play a more proactive role in shaping the expected new climate deal that is due in Paris at the end of the year. And more importantly, how will the Post ASEAN Community 2015 plan to integrate the climate change agenda with tangible action plans towards achieving a low carbon future.

1 Green Growth in ASEAN Green Economy, Green Growth, Green Strategy and Low Carbon Future are terms that have been use loosely and interchangeably in various governmental policies, business strategies and civil society recommendation, to highlight the importance of environment and economic growth, which can and must go hand-in-hand. In the region, almost every member country of ASEAN has a green growth strategy of sort, suggesting that at the highest level there are interested, especially if it would enable the respective country to grow economically.

Green Growth and there are policies widely declared the need to look into such measures two key areas of discourse are not addressed. First, it is the definition of what it means to individual countries and the region. Second, it is the implementation of such strategies.

The session aims to address the following:
• What does Green Growth means for the region?
• What are the missing gaps to successfully implement Green Growth for the region?

2 Does Divestment work for ASEAN? This year’s global climate movement campaign is themed “Divestment”. Calling upon investors to move their money away from fossil fuel driven companies into ones that are more sustainable. This grassroots campaign was based on the 1980s divestment movement that pushed South Africa to end its apartheid system of racial segregation. The campaign, concluded earlier in February, saw about $50bn worth of investments from various religious organisations, foundations, individuals and institutions adopting the divestment policy, committing to sell some or all of their fossil fuel holdings.

However, the support for this campaign is split between the climate change groups. On the other side, are investors who feel that it is better to hold on to shares in oil and gas in order to use the holdings as a way to engage directly with companies to encourage them to adopt more climate-friendly strategies. Also, countries in North America, Europe and the Pacific region are the ones that are largely driving the campaign, with limited participation from countries in South America, Africa and Asia as a whole. This could be perceived as a rich nation’s approach, which it may not necessarily apply to the context of developing nations.

The session aims to address the following:
• Why do investors in the region not take up divestment strategy?
• How effective can divestment be on the climate movement in the region?
• Will divestment work for Southeast Asia?
• How to encourage divestment in the region?

3 Importance of Tri-Sector Strategy in ASEAN towards Climate Change Climate Change, like many other environmental problems, is transboundary by nature. The typical approach will be to pressure governments into do something about it, both at the national and international levels. However, in a world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) are increasingly prevailing, governmental efforts alone may falter in the face of such problems.

As a result of globalisation, the role of businesses and civil societies are evolving to be more dominant and proactive in providing solutions to complex problems in their respective space. We’ve also witness successful private-public partnership and private-people sector partnerships and increasingly, public-private-people partnership working together to address global issues.

ASEAN has typically been an entity that is relatively closed or selective in whom they engage when developing strategies and policies to address climate change. In view of the growing role that the private and people sector is set to play, governments will have to eventually find a way to work with these two entities.

The session aims to address the following:
• How engaged is ASEAN with the businesses and civil societies to come up with solutions to combat climate change?
• What are the challenges and considerations needed to implement tri-partite strategy planning?
• Is ASEAN ready to adopt a tri-partite strategy to resolve climate change?

4 Comparative Study of ASEAN & EU Approach to Climate Change As an economic block, ASEAN is often being compared to the EU as a benchmark as to where it should head. This applies to the strategies in dealing with regional security matters, as well as climate change. Many of such comparisons do not take into consideration the principles, which holds both blocks together, originated from very different circumstances; often leading to unfair criticism on the effectiveness of ASEAN. However, despite the differences in culture, history and political structures, there are much that both regions can learn from each other when dealing with the impacts of climate change and how the respective blocks should do their part in reducing their emissions. And more importantly, the two regional blocks have much to gain from a symbiotic working relationship in addressing climate change.

The session aims to address the following:
• What are the challenges and learning points from each block in addressing climate change?
• What are the successes that can be duplicated across from each other?
• How can both blocks work together towards 2020 and beyond?