Regional Forum on Climate Change
Climate change is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Rethinking our global development model, based on sound sustainability science principles, is an absolute necessity given that scientists are convinced that mankind has caused most of the warming that has occurred over the last 60 years. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) suggests that without additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions beyond those in place today, the global surface temperature towards the end of the 21st century will increase by 4.8⁰C, and sea levels could rise as much as 0.8 meters, compared to pre-industrial levels.
In 2015 France will host the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21), whose main purpose will be the conclusion of a new international climate agreement, applicable to all countries after 2020. However, as was evident in the Warsaw Conference (COP 19), arriving at consensual agreements is easier said than done. There is a need for a broader framework of dialogue among the vast array of stakeholders—scientists, civil societies, governments, private sector etc.—to unearth shared understanding of relevant issues, which would then lay the foundation for more meaningful global level talks between countries.
Jointly organized by the Asian Institute of Technology; French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development; ASEAN secretariat, and the European Union, the Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy will be held from 1st – 3rd July, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The main objective of the RFCC is two-fold. First, it aims to create a platform for engaging a variety of stakeholders from the ASEAN region in discussions on climate change related agenda in order to ease the translation of science into practice and policy. Second, it aspires to assist negotiators, policy makers and high-level advisers from ASEAN to benefit from the results of contemporary scientific research to carve climate change related policies in the long term, as well as to offer ASEAN negotiators a venue to build positions of increased ambition prior to the COP 21.