When the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRCAP) started 30 years ago, the climate change discourse was in its early stages; now it’s a primary focus of the Centre. Climate Change has been on the table of scientific and policy discussions internationally since the establishment of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992. In 2015, most countries of the world committed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 under the Paris Agreement, with an aim to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has since released a special scientific assessment reports that creates a sense of urgency to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to avoid dangerous irreversible changes to ecosystems that pose an existential threat to human livelihoods on a global scale.

Communities and cities in Asia are already experiencing the consequences of global warming. The Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and the need to reach net-zero global emissions by 2050 create an increased sense of urgency, so the time to act is now.

This session aims to provide a space for the AIT community to learn from and interact with two world-renown professors of AIT with experience as leading contributing authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports. This discussion will draw lessons from Asia and the Pacific pointing to the challenges and opportunities to build climate change resilience in communities and cities in the region and maximize the cross-cutting benefits of climate action in the coming years. As an international institute in the region, AIT has a unique opportunity to raise ambition for climate action in the region and beyond. The conversation will also explore opportunities for AIT: what are we doing and what more can we do?

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Note : We encourage participants to bring your own cup and ideas for discussion. For any questions, contact Kristine Perez : Kristine.Perez@rrcap.ait.ac.th

Resource Person

Joyashree Roy is Bangabandhu Chair Professor in the Department of Energy, Environment & Climate with expertise in Economics of Climate, Energy, and Water and wide research experience focusing on the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. She has served as a coordinating lead author in various international science-policy platforms including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). She is currently coordinating lead author of Demand, services and social aspects of mitigation for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and was coordinating lead author of ‘Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequality’ of IPCC special report on 1.5C global warming.

Shobhakar Dhakal is a Professor in the Department of Energy, Environment & Climate with expertise in urban climate resilience. He has also contributed to various international science-policy platforms including the IPCC, where he has served as Coordinating Lead Author for the Chapter on ‘Emission Trends and Drivers’ for the Sixth Assessment Report, the Urban Climate Research Network, where he served as co-editor.


Date: 15 August, 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00  hrs.
Venue: Library,  AIT,  Pathumthani, Thailand

​Time ​Agenda ​Speaker/Moderator
14:00- 14:10
​Introduction and opening remarks
​Naoya Tsukamoto, RRC.AP

​Panel discussion
​Prof. Joyashree Roy
Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal
​Q&A, Open discussion
​Panel & Attendees
​Coffee and Tea reception