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ASEAN Pre-COP Climate Change Capacity Building Workshop

ASEAN Youth Pre-COP Climate Change Capacity Building Workshop in Singapore is aimed at bringing together COP24 attendees from Singapore as well as from the ASEAN region to learn about the UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement Work Programme and to learn from each other’s experiences in addressing climate change. This workshop is organized by the Energy Studies Institute in collaboration with the Singapore Youth for Climate Action, Malaysian Youth Delegation, and Environmental Law Students Association at NUS Law and supported by the National Youth Council, Singapore. 

Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018
Time: (9.30am registration) 10am - 2pm (GMT+8)
Venue: The Red Box, 113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165

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9.30am  Registration

Introduction & Welcome
Energy Studies Institute, NUS and Singapore Youth for Climate Action

10.15am  Introduction to UNFCCC, its Paris Agreement and what to expect at COP24
Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute, NUS

11.00am  Update on Paris Agreement Work Programme
Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute, NUS

11.30am The Role of Youth
John Leo C. Algo, The Climate Reality Project Philippines
Nor Lastrina Hamid, Singapore Youth for Climate Action (SYCA)
Shaqib Sharil, Malaysian Youth Delegation (MYD), Malaysian Youth Parliament (Johore)

12.00pm Singapore’s Carbon Pricing Act & its relationship to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
Eric Bea and Sarah Lu, Environmental Law Students Association at NUS Law (ELSA)
Discussants: Ankur Agrawal, LKYSPP; Carol Yuen, ELSA and Shaqib Sharil, MYD

Storytelling Workshop
Chris Jensen, Climate Conversations

1.15pm COP24 Article Writing Tips
Swati Mandloi, Eco-Business/Singapore Youth for Climate Action

1.35pm Yale-NUS Student Pitches


Speaker Profiles

Melissa Low joined the Energy Studies Institute in September 2010. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Climate Change Law and Policy (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore. For her NUS Master thesis on past and contemporary proposals on equity and differentiation in shaping the 2015 climate agreement, Melissa was awarded the Shell Best Dissertation Award 2013. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Geography degree (with Honors) and a minor in Urban Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2010. Melissa has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) talks since December 2009 and is the Designated Contact Point for NUS’s accreditation to the UNFCCC. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organization (RINGOs) constituency under the UNFCCC. Her current research areas are on the implications of the Paris Agreement and countries’ progress in meeting their climate pledges.
Nor Lastrina is interested in social issues and how people respond to it. She has been volunteering for the environment since 2010 and has progressed to take up leadership roles in recent years.

She co-founded Singapore Youth for Climate Action and #LepakInSG, both informal groups promoting climate action and environmental movement in Singapore. She has worked with People's Movement to Stop Haze as their Manager for Community Development, exploring how a Singapore group can support peatland restoration projects in Indonesia. Nor Lastrina has went to three United Nations climate change conference, and was also an NEA EcoFriend Awards recipient in 2016.
John Leo C. Algo is the Science Policy Associate of the Climate Reality Project Philippines, the regional branch of the worldwide organization led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Through this organization, he is helping co-organize this year’s "Conference of Youth", a series of workshops aiming to educate and empower youth climate advocates throughout the Philippines in climate change action and negotiations.

He is also a citizen journalist who actively promotes the need for urgent climate action. He is currently finishing his graduate studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, with an intended specialization in air quality and climate change studies.
Muhammad Shaqib Shahrilnizam (Shaqib Shahril) is an interdisciplinary economist. He's currently paving the way to fulfill his finance dream by pursuing a double degree in finance from International University of Malaya-Wales and University of Wales while working as a part time economic analyst.

He focused and have raised several motions regarding social economics and sustainability as a Member of Youth Parliament Malaysia for Johore.

He is a member of Malaysian Youth Delegation. He attended 48th UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Meeting, Bangkok (SB48.2), 18th and 19th Standing Committee on Finance Meeting. He been actively participating with Youth Constitunecy to UNFCCC (YOUNGO) and prepared position paper and working paper to UNFCCC Secretariat on behalf of YOUNGO.
Eric Bea is a 4th year LLB student at NUS Law. Previously a Vice-President at the Environmental Law Students Association (ELSA) at NUS Law, Eric is a current Student Advisor (Research) with ELSA. His research interests include international and domestic climate change laws and policies, and he was an editing contributor to “The Pathway to Paris: A Commentary on the Carbon Pricing Bill”, in his previous concurrent appointment as Chair of ELSA’s Legislation Project.
Sarah Lu is a 2nd year LLB student at NUS Law. She is the President of ELSA, and was formerly the Research Director and Editor of the ELSA Journal. In that position, she is also the Chair of the Legislation Project in ELSA, which seeks to develop and propose new legislation for environmental protection in Singapore, as well as engaging in environmental law advocacy through collaborations with fellow environmentalists.
Carol Yuen is a final year student at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. Carol is passionate about gender, migration and environmental issues, and is constantly seeking out new opportunities to create positive social change. She is currently a Student Advisor on Research at the NUS Law Environmental Law Students Association (ELSA), through which she is contributing to legal and policy commentaries and advocacy on Singapore’s environmental legislation, including on carbon pricing and Environmental Impact Assessments. She has taken classes on Climate Change Law and Policy in Asia and Comparative Environmental
Law, where she has undertaken research on public participation in climatechange migration, and heritage conservation in Singapore and Hong Kong. She is also the Coordinator of the Community of Advocacy and Political Education (CAPE) student group, which organises seminars and workshops on advocacy skills and political literacy, in order to make advocacy more accessible and prominent in Singapore. In her free time, she loves going to art exhibitions and theatre performances, and watching football.
Ankur Agrawal is pursuing master in public policy from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA and have been working in the climate finance sector for leading financial services organisation in India before joining NUS. He is interested in climate change mitigation through financial innovation.
Chris Jensen has led environmental outreach and engagement programs in Singapore and Australia over the last 8 years. In Singapore he was part of the original team for WOW Kampung (the education arm of Ground-Up Initiative), developing education programs that tripled in size and reached thousands of people. Finding the most joy and impact in deep engagement with small groups, Chris seeks to scale up such engagements in a way that retain their authenticity. Chris co-founded Climate Conversations to grow conversations on climate change that deeply engage and inspire action.
Swati Mandloi is a Sustainability Business Analyst for Blue Planet Environmental Solutions, a waste management technology company
based in Singapore. She is also a writer with Eco-Business, a digital media company that reports on the topic of sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region. Swati is a graduate of the Masters in Environmental Management course from the National University of Singapore where she focused on the topic of environmental economics and waste management.

She is currently part of the Singapore Youth for Climate Action and is passionate about creating awareness about climate change from the point of policy development and economic growth. Swati is also an avid supporter of environmental conservation and has been involved in tiger habitat and marine life conservation programs in the region.