10 December 2021
09:00-10:30 (Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin)
15:00-16:30 (Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City)
16:00-17:30 (Hong Kong)
In the last ESG Speaker Series of the year, we turn our attention to the discussions, outcomes, and implications of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow from the perspective of the Asia-Pacific Region. Our two speakers will present some examples of cause and effects relationship between the national contexts, commitments and the results of the COP 26. By the end of this session, we hope to obtain a better understanding of the contextual challenges and implications of COP 26 not only at the national level but also at the level of the Asia-Pacific Region to keep up with the international climate agenda set in Glasgow.
Our first speaker, Dr. Hong Quan NGUYEN from the Vietnamese National University, Vietnam will present his reactions to the commitment of the Vietnamese government toward carbon neutrality by 2050 and the need to combine efforts to mainstream renewable energy with other solutions, such as carbon sequestration. He will explore this issue from the viewpoint of “Agricultural Circular Economy.” Our second speaker, Dr. Erwin Nugraha from the University of Twente, The Netherlands and Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) Indonesia, will discuss how multilateral climate governance affects domestic climate agendas and can be informed by what he refers to as “climate imagination.” He will discuss the role and contestation of imagination in climate change governance in Indonesia.
We have invited two discussants to further explore the speakers’ topics. The first discussant is Dr. Mahesti OKITASARI from UNU-IAS Tokyo, who will react to the presentations from the viewpoint of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The second discussant is Dr. Haomiao DU from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, who will link the discussion to her expertise on the international environmental law of climate mitigation and adaptation.
The session will be moderated by Dr. Annisa TRIYANTI, a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Governance Group, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, and Prof. Paul G. HARRIS, Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. They co-convene the newly launched ESG Asia-Pacific Working Group (This ESG speaker seminar marks the first open webinar initiated by the working group – to find more information about the Earth System Governance Project, visit the website (embed link www.earthsystemgovernance.org)