Southeast Asia Climate Outlook 2022 Survey Report Launch


About the Webinar

The Southeast Asia Climate Outlook 2022 Survey Report is the third annual survey of climate change attitudes and perspectives of Southeast Asia. The survey was designed to analyse the attitudes and concerns of Southeast Asian citizens towards climate change, governmental policies and actions and the role of different stakeholders in climate action. This year’s survey also drew views on renewable energy transition, food security, green recovery, as well as regional and international cooperation. This webinar will launch the Report and introduce key findings, accompanied by the insights of three expert discussants versed in regional climate and environment policy.

About the Opening Remarks Speaker

Mr Stanley Loh is Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. He is concurrently Permanent Secretary (Development) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Second Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) at the Prime Minister’s Office. He has previously served as Second Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social and Family Development where he spearheaded the White Paper on SG Women’s Development. He has also served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore’s Trade Representative in Taipei, Press Secretary to then Prime Minister and subsequently Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Director-General for Middle East at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Singapore Embassy to the USA.

About the Discussants

Dr Indra Overland is Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He has worked on Southeast Asia on and off since 1992. He did his PhD at the University of Cambridge and in 2016 he was a Visiting Fellow at the ASEAN Centre for Energy in Jakarta. His recent publications include “Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs”, “The ASEAN climate and energy paradox”, “Moving beyond the NDCs: ASEAN pathways to a net-zero emissions power sector in 2050”, “Vietnam’s solar and wind power success: Policy implications for the other ASEAN countries”, “Environmental performance of foreign firms: Chinese and Japanese firms in Myanmar”, “The 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook”. He seeks policy relevance in his research and has been cited by the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Associated Press, Bloomberg, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, CBC, The Straits Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Forbes, El País, Le Point, Hokkaido Shimbun, Toronto Star, Het Financieele Dagblad.

Dr Helena Varkkey is an Associate Professor at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. Her research focuses on the governance of transboundary haze pollution and the political economy of palm oil in Southeast Asia. More broadly, she seeks to understand how economic development can be reconciled with environmental sustainability in this resource-rich region. Her monograph on “The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia: Palm Oil and Patronage” was published in 2016.

Ms Johanna Son is the Bangkok-based editor/founder of Reporting ASEAN, an independent series for analyses and conversations with a regional lens. Having covered Southeast Asia for over three decades, Johanna contributes to the ‘Bangkok Post’ and ‘Nikkei Asian Review’, among others. She has written several tools for reporting and analysis, ranging from reporting on ASEAN-related issues (‘Reportage on ASEAN-related Issues: A Tip Sheet’) to the latest, on terms/concepts to know for reporting on a stressed planet. Also a media trainer, she did two other journalism books with Sweden’s Fojo Media Institute, one on ‘Online Journalism and Storytelling: A Teaching and Learning Kit’ in 2020 and ‘Gender in Our News Radar: A view from Southeast Asia’ (2022). Previously, Johanna was regional director for IPS Asia-Pacific news agency, where she worked for over two decades.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Sep 08 2022


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm