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YOUTH SEMINAR WHAT A CHANGING ARCTIC MEANS FOR SINGAPORE



YOUTH SEMINAR
WHAT A CHANGING ARCTIC MEANS FOR SINGAPORE

Saturday, 01 September 2018
12.00 – 1.30 pm (Registration opens at 11.30 am)
Singapore Sustainability Academy
Skypark Level 6, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539



SYNOPSIS
For many in Singapore, the Arctic appears remote, enigmatic and inhospitable with its sweeping tundra, glaciers and ice caps. The Arctic is in fact rich in biodiversity, abundant in natural resources and home to a diversity of people across eight countries. Today, climate change, the growing demand for Arctic resources and the advent of new technologies enabling connectivity and access are increasing the pace of change in this region. These trends are challenges for the Arctic’s unique natural and cultural landscapes. However, they can also bring new opportunities for local empowerment and sustainable growth for stakeholders. There will be new opportunities for trade, research, education and social interactions between the Arctic and the wider world. In this context, there is a need to develop the next generation of talent to tackle the grand challenges as well as to capitalise on the opportunities offered with the globalisation of the Arctic. 

Singapore is more than 7,000 km away from the Arctic Circle but as the region opens up and integrates deeper with the global economy, it will also impact Singapore in different ways. To raise awareness on the Arctic and to enable our youth to reflect on how these developments would affect them, we are organising a sharing session on changes in the Arctic and why it matters for Singapore. The panellists will cover the following topics:

• How is the Arctic changing and why does it matter to Singapore?
• How do we advance sustainable development in the Arctic?
• What is it like to live and work in the Arctic?
• What are the implications of a changing Arctic for Singapore’s global competitiveness?

Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Social and Family Development Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong will give closing remarks as the Guest-of-Honour. The changes in the Arctic can be a powerful inspiration for students and early career professionals to think about the future they want to create. Come join the conversation!

Lunch will be provided. Admission is free but registration is required.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/youthseminar-achangingarctic

PROGRAMME

11.30 am REGISTRATION

12.00 pm WELCOME REMARKS
Professor Ang Beng Wah

Executive Director
NUS Energy Studies Institute

12.05 pm Introduction to the Global Compact Network Singapore
Mr Wilson Ang

Executive Director
Global Compact Network Singapore

12.10 pm
Introduction to the Singapore Sustainability Academy
Ms Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited

12.15 pm PANEL DISCUSSION with Q&A
Chairperson
Dr Philip Andrews-Speed

Senior Principal Research Fellow
NUS Energy Studies Institute

Panellists
Ms Gail Mosey

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) Project Leader, Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group

Mr Johannes Vallivaara
ProAgria Lapland, Finland

Ms Goh Shu Hui Gina
Co-founder and Singapore Representative of the Arctic Youth Network (AYN)

Mr Simon Kuik
Head of Research & Development
Sembcorp Marine

1.20 pm End of Q&A
1.20 pm Closing remarks by GUEST-OF-HONOUR
Minister of State Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Social and Family Development

1.30 pm LUNCH RECEPTION

For more information, please contact:
Ms Jan LUI (ESI Manager)
<jan.lui@nus.edu.sg>
Tel: (+65) 6516 2000