Conference on The Paris Climate Agreement: Issues and Implications for ASEAN
ASEAN STUDIES CENTRE
About the Conference
On 1 June 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that the “United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord” and that his administration would seek new negotiations that are “fair” to the US. Mr Trump’s predecessor, Mr Barack Obama, had committed to the landmark Paris Agreement together with China’s President Xi Jinping in September 2016, boosting the threshold for the Paris Agreement to enter into force, which it did on 4 November 2016. It is timely to assess the implications of the US withdrawal, although its full weight and force be manifested a few years down the road. Some analyse that US withdrawal may dampen developing countries’ efforts in combating climate change, while others posit that the US might have done more damage inside the Paris Agreement than outside it.
ISEAS is convening a conference to discuss the changes and challenges for ASEAN countries in light of the Paris commitments and the US move. The ten ASEAN member states are signatories to the Paris Agreement, and nine have ratified it. The conference sessions will discuss:
(a) The impact of climate change in the region
(b) Economic costs and opportunities
(c) Impact of US’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on ASEAN countries
(d) Country perspectives: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
The Conference programme is attached here for your information.