3rd CITC Regional Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Development: “How to Accelerate Climate Actions in Asia through Capacity Building and Climate Finance”

Published Date 2016-04-25 17:09:11 น.

Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) recognized the importance of the capacity building and outreach regarding on the climate change management which is the important tool to combat climate change, thus established the Climate Change International Technical and Training Center or CITC as a “one-stop technical and training center” and networking platform on climate change mitigation and adaptation for ASEAN countries.

Last December 2015, The UNFCCC’s Paris agreement was adopted. More than 160 countries have already submitted the INDC to express their intentions to cut their GHG emission levels and conduct a low-carbon and resilient development pathway coherent with the global goal of well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

The Climate change International Technical and Training Center or CITC together with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) organized the 3rd CITC Regional Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Development: “How to Accelerate Climate Actions in Asia through Capacity Building and Climate Finance” during March 30 – April 1, 2016.

The objective of the CITC regional conference is to share the latest trend of international and regional climate issues, with special focus on capacity building and climate finance, which are key driving forces to accelerate climate actions throughout the region. The key messages such as the linkage between climate change and sustainable development, and how to bridge the global goals to local practices as well as successful cases of both mitigation and adaptation actions and climate finance were discussed and shared in the conference.

In this regards, Mr. Sunthad Somchevita, Chairman of the Board for CITC had delivered opening speech and Mrs. Prasertsuk Chamornmarn, TGO Director had delivered reporting remarks. Honorable speakers in the conference were Mr. David Abbass from UNFCC on the topic “Outcome of COP21 and actions to be taken by developing countries”, Ms. Cassie Flynn, representative from UNDP on the topic “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change”, Dr. Natarika Wayuparb Nitiphon, Deputy Executive Director, TGO on the topic “CITC: role as a regional climate change capacity building center to support sustainable development in the region” and Mr. Rocky Pairunan from ASEAN Secretariat on the topic “Regional strategy for climate change and capacity building - ASEAN’s next Blueprint (2016-2025)”. There were more than 200 participants joined the conference.

Dr. Jakkanit Kananurak, Director of CITC mentioned that the benefits for participants that attended the conference were 1) enhanced understanding on global and regional trend of climate actions and foster climate resilience and low carbon development in the context of sustainable development; 2) a chance to acquire the latest information on climate finance topic as well as how to access the funding source; 3) sharing experiences and lessons learnt related to climate change capacity building programs; and 4) established and strengthened networking with key players and international experts, fund representatives and representatives from ASIA countries as well.


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