“In my view; for there to be progress in the next round of climate change commitments, I feel that there has to be strong coalition and that coalition is missing right now. At this point in time, the negotiations are waiting for a coalition of countries who want something to happen, to step forward and make some proposals. Channelled into something concrete, the idea of Asia-Europe co-operation is very natural and very important for hope rather than despair over the state of international climate policy.” – Richard Kinley, Acting Deputy Executive Secretary, Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC)
The second roundtable discussion of Asia-Europe Environment Forum involved 40 top-level climate change and environment experts from government, academia, research institutes, non-government organisation, and the private sector. The participants called for the Asia-Europe Environment Forum to provide the launching pad for an Asia-Europe task force or observatory for a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project facilitation between Asia and Europe. This mechanism was to take on such functions as capacity and institution-building, technology co-operation, pooling or showcasing of good practices and experiences, information exchange, and research.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)