High level engagement in our Southeast Asia programs

Our international team has recently launched a series of discussion papers on low carbon opportunities in Southeast Asia. Off the back of this launch, international project manager Dani Robertson spoke to Devex about building the case for a green economy.

Meg Argyriou, Head of International Programs, represented ClimateWorks at the Asia Pacific Climate Week in September and was invited by UNESCAP to present on the implications of the 1.5 degrees target for the Asia Pacific region. She discussed green growth in the region, and Asia’s unique opportunity to corner the emerging low-carbon technology sectors. Meg facilitated a session on overcoming the challenges of raising Nationally Determined Contributions, and also moderated a panel discussion on understanding the co-benefits of climate mitigation for the UNDP and UNFCCC and their regional Nationally Determined Contributions Dialog.

Nicole Baker (pictured), our International Program Manager, presented on developing a long-term roadmap to decarbonise the Marshall Islands transport sector, at the Second Regional Workshop for the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre in the Pacific. The workshop was part of a week long Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers Meeting in Apia, Samoa. Nicole’s presentation focused on: how long-term thinking can help us make better short-term investment decisions in transport and infrastructure; how country-driven strategies can improve development partner coordination; and also on the need for dialogue and deliberation by decision-makers, supported by expert analysis and advice. The roadmap is likely to have an emphasis on shipping and maritime transport, which is a lifeline for the Marshall Islands and all other Pacific Island communities. A plan to address maritime emissions in the Marshall Islands has particular significance as it's home to the world's third-largest shipping registry.