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ESI-GCNS Youth Seminar on the Arctic


Group photo of the organisers and key participants (Photo by ESI)

On 1 September 2018, the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) and Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) jointly organised a youth seminar entitled “What a Changing Arctic Means for Singapore” which took place at the Singapore Sustainability Academy.

The seminar consisted of a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session. The objective of this event is to raise awareness on the changes taking place in the Arctic, to enable the youth in Singapore to reflect on how developments unfolding more than 7,000km away will affect them. The panellists discussed what it is like to live and work in the Arctic, how the region is changing and why it matters to Singapore, ways to advance sustainable development in the Arctic, and the implications of a changing Arctic for Singapore’s global competitiveness.


Clockwise from top Left: Professor Ang Beng Wah, Mr Wilson Ang,  Minister of State Sam Tan, Ms Esther An . (Photo by ESI)

The event started with Professor Ang Beng Wah, Executive Director of ESI giving welcome remarks. This was followed with introductory remarks by Mr Wilson Ang, Executive Director of GCNS and Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer of City Developments Limited. The Guest-of-Honour Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development gave closing remarks for the event.

Panellists and audience at the Youth Seminar (Photo by ESI)

The panel discussion was chaired by Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, Senior Principal Research Fellow at ESI. Panellists included Ms Gail Mosey, Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) Project Leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), Mr Johannes Vallivaara, CEO of ProAgria Lapland (Finland), Ms Goh Shu Hui Gina, Singapore Representative of the Arctic Youth Network, and Mr Simon Kuik, Head of Research & Development at Sembcorp Marine. Dr Christopher Len wrapped up the event with a Vote of Thanks to the co-organisers, participants and audience.

Guest-of-Honour Mr. Sam Tan Chin Siong, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development giving the Closing Remarks (Photo by ESI)

This event was supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, while the venue space and lunch was sponsored by the Singapore Sustainability Academy and City Developments Limited. The National Youth Achievement Award Council and Eco-Business were Supporting Partners for this event.

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ESI-GCNS Youth Seminar

(Posted on 07 September 2018)