New Publication on Climate Change Highlights Risks in Southeast Asia

A new international publication on climate change entitled Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs: Risks and Multipliers has been released by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS).

The timely study looks into the implications of climate change and climate policy for ASEAN as a multilateral organization and for international affairs in Southeast Asia. It underscores climate change as one of the most serious issues facing the world today, affecting political, economic, and social dynamics in the international community. ASEAN is viewed as a vital conduit for policies that could strengthen national and regional capabilities to combat climate change. The study specifically suggests: “ASEAN could formulate a regionally determined contribution (RDC) for ASEAN by adding up the nationally determined contributions of the ASEAN member states. This could help create a team spirit related to the NDCs, as well as possible peer review/pressure.”

Tacloban photo taken from https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/photos-devastation-and-death-in-philippines-after-typhoon-1.252103#gallery
Tacloban photo taken from https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/photos-devastation-and-death-in-philippines-after-typhoon-1.252103#gallery

The publication is a synthesis of presentations and discussions made during the roundtable discussion on Climate Change and the Role of ASEAN in Climate Change Politics, held in Yangon, Myanmar on 19 – 20 June 2017. FSI Foreign Affairs Research Specialists Edwin S. Estrada and RJ Marco Lorenzo C. Parcon co-authored the publication together with other foreign policy analysts who participated in the conference.

The multi-author publication can be freely accessed at the following link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320622312