The Asian Institute of Technology joins France to host regional Science and Climate Change Conference in 2015, as prelude to global COP 21
AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai confirmed last week that AIT will co-organize and host a regional conference on science and climate change in Bangkok. The event is expected to take place in mid-year and will be focused on ASEAN countries and other countries in the region.
Mr. André de Bussy, France’s Regional Counsellor for Development in ASEAN, led a six-member delegation of French officials to AIT on July 25 to discuss preliminary details for cooperation on the event with the AIT President and senior institute officials. The initiative is seen as a springboard for developing new partnerships and long term friendship, officials said.
The global COP 21 forum hosted by France offers hope to the world on tackling climate change, explained Mr. de Bussy, indicating that a goal of the Bangkok conference would be to enhance the participation of ASEAN scientists and policy-makers at the crucial Paris meeting.
Informing that Germany and the United Kingdom have agreed to participate, and that UNDP, UNEP and UNESCO were confirmed as event partners, Mr. de Bussy emphasized that the conference will be positioned as a European and Asia event, rather than a solely French initiative.