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5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources

Friday, May 18, 2018, 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
Grand Hyatt, Singapore 10 Scotts Road, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

About the 5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources 

Two years since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, many countries – such as those in ASEAN – are placing increasing emphasis on combating climate change and its adverse impacts. These include efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and steps to prevent the spread of peat and forest fires, which could result in severe transboundary haze pollution. In addition, governments have started to invest in improving air and water quality, low-carbon transport, and better use of physical resources that result in less waste and environmental damage. Experts estimate Asian cities will gain by about $2 trillion a year by 2030, if current predictions on such green investments are proved correct.

One sector in particular, the agroforestry and resource sector, has witnessed a growing momentum in adopting sustainable practices and protecting ecosystems. But the murkiness with how far this momentum has got us in turning back the climate change tide has caused many to ask if we have done enough, and what more we need to do to secure a more sustainable future. Against this backdrop, the Fifth Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources (SDSWR) invites regional representatives to explore the following questions:

  • What are some effective policies that governments can adopt to establish the right conditions for green growth?
  • What is the plantation sector doing to improve its sustainability practices and how can positive efforts be better rewarded to push others to do the same?
  • To what extent are current industry approaches, like certification, still relevant as a tool for achieving sustainability given the high costs and complicated procedures that can exclude more than it includes?


Keynote Speakers: 

  • Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Republic of Singapore
  • Dr. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning, Republic of Indonesia 



08:00am - 09:00am    Registration

09:00am - 09:15am    Welcome Remarks 

09:15am - 09:35am    Opening Keynote by Mr. Masagos Zulkifli

09:35am - 10:05am    In-Conversation with Dr. Bambang Brodjonegoro

10:05am - 11:05am    Panel 1:
                                   How ASEAN Governments are Shifting to Green Growth

11:05am - 11:35am    Tea Break 

11:35am - 12:35pm    Panel 2:
                                   Doing Well by Doing Good: The Evolution of Sustainability in
                                   the Agri-Business Sector

12:35pm - 12:45pm    Closing Remarks 

12:45pm - 02:25pm    Lunch 

02:30pm - 04:00pm    Workshop 1:
                                   Bridging Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches:
                                   The Role of Financial Institutions in Inclusive Agri-Finance 

02:30pm - 04:00pm    Workshop 2:
                                   Sustainability Reporting in the Plantation Sector: Attracting Better
                                   Capital Flows 

02:30pm - 04:00pm   Workshop 3:
                                  The Relevance of Certification to Sustainability Today


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