Global challenges relating to climate change—including challenges of mass displacement of populations, migration, sustainable development, and intersectional questions of gender—come together in unique and challenging ways in Asia. On the climate front, the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas creates serious hydroelectric, water management, and agricultural challenges downstream, in lower-lying areas; likewise, sea level rise is causing salination of once-fertile deltas across the region, from Bangladesh and Myanmar to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Mass displacement of populations has had compound effects on livelihoods and food security. Governments across the region have responded with a range of initiatives, many of them in partnership with international agencies, development banks, and other governments in the region and beyond, including green financing projects and development assistance targeted in particular at women and children. This webinar examines the context in which these changes are taking place and the complex policy responses that they require. We approach these complex issues by asking our panelists a series of interrelated questions to guide the discussion:
- How is climate affecting living conditions in the South and Southeast Asian region in particular, and what are the possible social and human consequences?
- How are governments in the South and Southeast Asian region responding through their national sustainability/development policies and the SDGs?
- What are the gender dimension of climate change and how might governments respond in terms of foreign policy and development?
- Could you please give examples of how SDG #5 on Gender Equality intersects or galvanizes the work you are doing to change the trajectory of our world toward low carbon societies?
Dr. Victor V. Ramraj, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI)