ASEAN Cities’ Leadership in Climate Activism and Urbanisation Challenges


About the Webinar

As ASEAN cities urbanise and grow, they will need to implement a forward-thinking approach to tackle the impact of climate crises. Reducing carbon emissions, conserving urban nature, and improving cities’ adaptive capacity are increasingly recognised as critical to liveable and equitable cities. Many ASEAN cities have demonstrated bold leadership to avoid catastrophic climate change, including building strategies to limit global heating to 1.5 degree Celsius. Some ASEAN cities have also prioritised resilient projects to improve the lives of the urban poor and vulnerable. However, advancing further commitments to tackle climate change requires a comprehensive understanding of climate vulnerability, people’s capacity, and policy support.

This webinar will bring together two distinguished experts to discuss development approaches and case studies of ASEAN cities’ leadership in climate activism and urbanisation challenges. The speakers will highlight climate change issues in an urban context and the importance of local government in implementing the transition to sustainable and equitable cities. Drawing from their experience, the speakers will discuss tools and best practices to catalyse climate action in ASEAN.

About the Speakers

Amit Prothi is Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region at Global Resilient Cities Network, a grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation, that collaborates with nearly 100 cities to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic urban adversities and challenges. He has practiced in more than 12 countries including the USA, India, China, Jordan and Mauritania on projects and studies funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, as well as numerous government and private sector clients. Amit holds a dual Masters in Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. He pursued doctoral studies in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Milag San Jose-Ballesteros serves as the Regional Director for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). She is responsible for engaging and supporting C40 member cities in the region as well as for facilitating collaboration between cities across the global C40 network. Before joining C40, Milag served as Regional Environmental Governance Specialist with the Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led partnerships between national and sub-national environmental agencies, and provided technical support on urban environmental issues, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, climate co-benefits, and public participation. She worked with 16 countries across Asia and coordinated engagements with various organizations and partners including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the UN Environment Programme.


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Sep 08 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am