With entry into force of the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC, countries move progressively towards getting ready for its effective implementation. In the context of supporting developing countries’ nationally-determined actions to address climate change and achieve sustainable development, the role of South-South and Triangular cooperation becomes more important.
The workshop is organised by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee in conjunction with the Asia Pacific climate week, held in Singapore from 10 to 13 July 2018.
The workshop aims at enhancing the understanding and awareness of the potential of South-South and Triangular cooperation in the Asia Pacific region, and gain insight on how to make full use of the critical and complementary role of South-South and Triangular cooperation to overcome shared challenges and accelerate progress towards sustainable development and implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Title: Workshop on South-South and Technological Cooperation for Climate Action and Sustainable Development
Date: 13 July 2018
Co-organizers: United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Technology Executive Committee (TEC)
Venue: Asia Pacific Climate Week, Singapore
09:00 - 09:30:
Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow - High Level Climate Champion, Poland
Ms. Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary (video message)
Mr. Jorge Chediek - Secretary-General ’s Envoy on South-South Cooperation and Director, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (video message)
Dr. Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Special Advisor on Sustainable Development, The South Center
Ms. Dinara Gershinkova - Vice-Chair, UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC)
09:30 - 11:00 / SESSION I: Experiences, opportunities and challenges of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Asia Pacific region
This session presents a look back on what countries have learned so far on approaches, success stories, and challenges of South-South and Triangular cooperation, including technological cooperation in the Asia and Pacific region. It explores their impacts and lessons learned, the challenges they have overcome as well as potential for their replication.
Moderator: Mr. Xiaohua Zhang, Manager, Climate and Sustainability Programme United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, Chief, Southern Climate Partnership Incubator
• Indonesia south-south cooperation experiences in the context of ASEAN
Ms. Nur Masripatin - Directorate General for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
• Singapore experiences
Ms. Judy Goh - Desk Officer, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, International Organizations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
• Triangular cooperation in the Pacific
Ms. Alysha Bagasra - Policy Officer, Climate Change, Environmental Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand and member of TEC
• Thailand experiences
Surachai Sathitkunarat- Assistant Secretary General, National Science Technology Innovation Policy Office, Thailand
Questions and answers with all participants
11:00 - 11:30 / BREAK
11:30 - 12:55 / SESSION II: A look forward - Advancing SSC for effective implementation of Paris Agreement and sustainable development
Taking into account experiences shared in the previous session, this session will explore concrete and pragmatic ways, including on methodological aspects, relevant instruments and modalities that may be used to design, finance and implement South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives. Speakers are encouraged to share their perspectives and insights on how to further advance South-South cooperation, on the road towards the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Moderator: Ariesta Ningrum, Team Leader, Technology Policy and Strategy Unit, Technology and Capacity Building (FTC) Programme, UNFCCC Secretariat
• Cooperation and partnership to advance NDC implementation
Director, NDC partnership
Panel discussion on potential of SSC/TrC/technological cooperation from various perspectives
• Ambassador Shahid Kamal - Special Advisor, Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamabad, Pakistan
• Ms. Ina Islam - Deputy Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh
• Rima AlAzar - Climate and Environment Division, FAO
• Mr. Mareer Husny - Assistant Director, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives and TEC member
• Dr. Natarika Wayuparb Nittiphon - Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization, Climate Change International and Technical Training Center (CITC), Thailand
12:55 - 13:00 / CLOSING REMARKS