COPfused? What You Need to Know About the Upcoming UN Climate Conference

Date: 27 October 2021, Wednesday
Time: 10am - 11.15am (GMT +8)
Speakers: Ms. Melissa Low, Mr. Sandeep Chamling Rai, Ms. Sharon Seah
Moderator: Ms. Audrey Tan


Climate change has catapulted to the forefront of many corporate and national agendas. Warnings by the world’s scientists that climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying has followed on the heels of devastating climate change impacts such as deadly wildfires and floods in many parts of the world. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to stave off more catastrophic impacts of climate change. In November this year, In November this year, the pivotal UN climate conference, or COP26, will take place in Glasgow from 31 Oct – 12 Nov, where countries will come together to advance global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change.

This webinar aims to provide audiences with a deeper understanding of COP26 to enable a greater appreciation of its importance. Featuring a panel of international climate policy experts, this webinar will provide an overview of COP26, including the goals of the conference, the issues being negotiated, the dynamics at play and what we can expect. The webinar will also discuss the relevance of COP26 to Singapore and ASEAN and how COP26 can be a catalyst for climate action, featuring an opening address by NUS President, Prof. Tan Eng Chye.

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About the speakers

Ms. Melissa Low | Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, NUS

Ms. Low is an active sustainability thought leader and provides policy analyses and workshops to improve understanding of Paris Agreement implications and countries' progress. Her current research focuses on the transparency of climate action and reporting in SEA. She has participated in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties for over a decade and was conferred the NEA EcoFriend Award in 2021 for her contributions towards environmental sustainability.

Mr. Sandeep Chamling Rai | Senior Advisor, Global Climate Adaptation Policy, Climate & Energy Practice, World Wildlife Fund International Climate and Energy

Mr. Rai leads WWF's global work on climate change adaptation and has more than 18 years of working experience at the national and international levels. He has been actively participating in the UN Climate Change Negotiation process since 2003 and has been based in the WWF Singapore office since 2009. He holds Master of Science in Environmental Management degrees from Pokhara University, Nepal, and NUS.

Ms. Sharon Seah | Senior Fellow and Coordinator, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Ms Seah is Senior Fellow and Coordinator at the ASEAN Studies Centre and concurrently Coordinator of the Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. She was Associate Director at the Centre for International Law, NUS. She is a Governing Board member of the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability (SEAMEO SEPS) in Thailand and member of Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Life Skills and Communication Advisory Committee.

About the moderator

Ms. Audrey Tan | Science and Environment Correspondent, The Straits Times

Audrey Tan is the science and environment correspondent at The Straits Times, where she regularly reports on climate change. She holds a masters degree in climate science and policy from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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