Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France




Organizers : MAEDI/UNESCO, Délégation régionale de coopération ASEAN/UNESCO Science Regional Bureau Asia and the Pacific, Jakarta, France, Embassy of France in INDONESIA -MAEDI, Delegation for regional cooperation, Jakarta, Indonesia, Asian Institute of Technology, Coe for sustainable development in the context of climate change (sdcc), Bangkok, Thailand
Date : from July 1st 9am to July 3rd 4pm
Location : Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
Expected number of participants : >250
Nature of participants : ASEAN Climate Change Negotiators, UE Representative, ASEAN Secretariat Representatives; Scientists from Asia and UE
Keywords : ASEAN, Climate Change Science, UE
Keynote speakers :
  • J. Ramos-Horta Ex-President of Timor Leste, Dili, Timor-Leste
  • ZA. Hamid Services of the Prime Ministry of Malaysia , Science advisor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • P. Wehrhein European Commission, Climate change finance and deforestation, Bruxelles, Belgium
  • MAL. Sering Philippines Climate Change Commission, Manila, Philippines
  • S. Huq International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, United Kingdom
  • N. Beriot Observatory on the Effects of Climate change (ONERC), Paris, France
  • T. Oki University of Tokyo, Institute of industrial science, Tokyo, Japan
  • F. Schafhausen Ministry for the Environment, Nature conservation and nuclear safety, Berlin, Germany
  • D. Zenghelis Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Climate policy, London, United Kingdom
  • N. Ravindranath Indian Institute of Science , Bangalore, India
  • Ambassador Philippe Zeller, French Ambassador  at Large for Climate Negotiations for Asia and Oceania


This year, France will host the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21), whose main purpose will be the conclusion of a new international climate agreement, applicable to all countries after 2020. However, as was evident in the Warsaw Conference (COP 19), arriving at consensual agreements is easier said than done. There is a need for a broader framework of dialogue among the vast array of stakeholders - scientists, civil societies, governments, private sector - to unearth shared understanding of relevant issues, which would then lay the foundation for more meaningful global level talks between countries.

The Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate Resilient

Societies: Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy strives to enhance this channel of communication among the gamut of stakeholders, primarily among ASEAN countries.

Organized by the Asian Institute of Technology in collaboration with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, ASEAN Secretary General, and the European Union, the Forum seeks to propose interventions that would influence climate policy in the region, and inspire ASEAN position for climate change negotiations at the global scale.

The forum invites scientists in both climate change mitigation and adaptation sectors, in 5 thematics (Key Climate Science; Governance and Politics; Climate Finances and Business Opportunites; Climate and Disasters; Cross Cutting Studies)  and 3 broad categories

  • Contemporary scientific research on climate change related topics (Category A)
  • On-the-ground evidence (case studies) of climate change mitigation and adaptation endeavors (Category B)
  • Current and proposed national (or regional and international) policy initiatives (Category C).

Political events:
ASEAN policy makers and scientific advisers will meet in closed sessions to discuss their positions, concerns, and prospects for COP 21.

The third session of UE- ASEAN Dialogue on Climate Change will held on the last morning of the Forum.

Side contents:

Ten (one from each ASEAN member state) young professionals and civil society candidates from the media community, ranging from bloggers to newspapers editors, will be selected to be trained to report on COP 21 and climate change during the Forum. Training will be provided by French Regional Attachés for Audiovisual Cooperation. The best candidates will be selected to report on the COP 21 in Paris in December 2015. CFI, the French operator for media cooperation, will finance their trip and provide training in Paris.

Key outcomes and report

Bangkok Regional Forum on Climate Change - “Low carbon and resilient societies: bridging Sciences, Policies and Practices”, held in AIT, Bangkok 1-3 July 2015, gathered over 400 participants.

Scientists, policy makers, diplomats, climate negotiators and advisors, representatives from intergovernmental and development agencies, practitioners NGOs, media and other experts from over 20 countries debated on the role of science in elaborating public policies linked to the objective of COP21, with a special focus on ASEAN member states.

Pleas find enclosed the video of the Opening message from Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the protection of the Planet at the opening ceremony.

You will also find hereunder the detail of the key outputs and the follow-up actions as well as a picture of an electric tuk tuk: The Pilgreens, three young French and German engineers , exhibited the electric Tuk Tuk they built at RFCC. To promote cleaner sources of energy, they will travel from Bangkok (Thailand) to Toulouse (France) with it.

Pictures of the event

Please find hereunder pictures from the event:

1/ RFCC Officials gather around Climatologist Daniel Price, who is biking 10,000 miles from the Antartic to Paris to raise awareness for climate change.

2/ Former President of Timor Leste, Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prize, delivers his opening speech at RFCC.

3/ RFCC Officials, from left to right:
1. Mr Andre de Bussy, Counselor for Regional Cooperation
2. Prof. Babel, A.I.T
3. Prof. Taikan Oki, University of Tokyo
4. Mr. Larry Maramis, Director for Cross-sectoral Cooperation Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat
5. Mr. Thierry Viteau, French Ambassador to Thailand
6. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand
7. Philippe ZELLER, French Ambassador at Large for Climate Negotiations for Asia and Oceania.
8. Mrs Luisa RAGHER, Charge d’affaires, European Union Delegation to Thailand
9. Jose Ramos Horta, Former President of Timor Leste
10. Prof. Worsak, A.I.T President
11. Dr Peter Wehrheim, Head of Unit, Climate Finance and Deforestation, European Commission
12. Prof. Fredolin TANGANG, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WP1
13. Nicolas BERIOT, Secretary-General, Observatory on the Effects of Climate change (ONERC)