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Climate and Sustainable Development

Climate and Sustainable Development

When: Monday 25 January, 9:00 - 11:45 (CET)
Where: Online via climateadaptation.com and then go to our virtual Mainstage\ Grote Markt in the eventportal or direct URL https://youtu.be/_udKDqNsSVM
How it works: to be fully prepared, check this for online instructions
Admission: free, no registration necessary
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Challenges of Governance in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific

Scientists, policymakers and diverse publics have begun to earnestly discuss the need to identify synergies in the implementation of the climate change agenda with the sustainable development and Global Goals 2030 agenda.  The implementation of these broad agendas requires the integration of the natural and social sciences with perspectives from politics, policymakers, and citizens.  Challenges of implementation take place on multiple-levels, from the household, neighborhood and local city levels, up to provincial and national governments, and beyond to regional and international organizations.

The challenges found in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of particular interest during this conference include SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, with broad attention to the social goals SDGs 1 through 4 on No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health, and Quality Education, while assuring SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities and attention to the most vulnerable. The need to find synergies in implementation extends above the level of the nation state, to key regional organizations like ASEAN, and to international organizations such as the UN and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). 

This SEA ASEAN conference is held on the occasion of the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS 2021), organized by the Netherlands government and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), to focus on bridging science and policy perspectives on climate and sustainable development in Southeast Asia.

Core Themes

Science Perspectives: Synergies between the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Agendas

Science and Policy Implementation: Climate Adaptation, Flood Risk, and Strategic Responses by Cities

Political and Policy Perspectives: International Engagement for Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation, and Sustainable Development


9:00 — 10:00

Moderator: Prof. Ronald Holzhacker • Director SEA ASEAN, University of Groningen Introduction: The Search for Synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Change Agendas.

Prof. Klaus Hubacek • University of Groningen, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Environmental Science, IPCC lead author, ‘Trends and Drivers’ ‘Climate Change and Poverty & Global Carbon Inequality’

Prof. Bobi Setiawan • Gadjah Mada University, Architecture and Planning ‘SDGs and the Regional Corridor Development in Indonesia’

Prof. Mely Caballero-Anthony • Nanyang Technological University – NTU Singapore, International Relations, Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies ‘Climate Change and Non-Traditional Security in the Asia-Pacific’

Prof. Woo Wing Thye • Director, Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University, KL, Malaysia; Vice-President for Asia, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, NY, US; and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California Davis ‘Sustainable Development in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, Opportunities for Regional Cooperation.’


Moderator: Dr. Margo van den Brink • Univ. of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences. ‘Research and International Engagement on Water: Spatial and Governance Perspectives’

Henk Ovink • Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Representative to the UN/WB High Level Panel on Water ‘Water as Leverage and International Engagement on Water’

Martin Drenth • UG, Phd candidate ‘Water Sensitive Governance in Indonesia’

Naim Laeni • UG, PhD candidate ‘Response to Flood Risk in Bangkok, Thailand’


Mervin Bakker • Director, International Strategy and Relations, Office of the University, University of Groningen) ‘International Strategy of UG with Southeast Asia: Building on Decades of Engagement’

Introduction: Prof. Jouke de Vries • President of the University of Groningen ‘Scientific Engagement and Societal Impact by Universities: Climate Change and Sustainable Development on the Occasion of the Netherlands Global Climate Summit’

Prof. Patrick Verkooijen • CEO, Global Center for Adaptation ‘The GCA and the International Challenge: Seeking Synergies Between Climate Action and Sustainable Development’

Ambassador Pham Viet Anh • Vietnam Ambassador to the Netherlands ‘Vietnam and the ASEAN Presidency 2020: Progress on Climate and Sustainable Development’

Minister Varawut Silpa-archa • Minister for the Environment, Thailand ‘The Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Thailand’

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen • Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands ‘International Engagement on Climate and Sustainable Development: The Global Climate Summit 2021.’


Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS 2021)
Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Indonesia
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Sunway University, Malaysia
Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)
Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
Vietnam Embassy to the Netherlands, the Hague
Thailand Ministry of the Environment