Trained climate leaders sometimes do not realize how strong their network is. This blog post illustrates how climate leaders are shaping the conversation on climate in international building a movement for solutions.
Last month, Fahmi Fahrurozi and Mirantha Kristanty young Indonesian climate leaders contacted Amanda Katili Niode, Manager of The Climate Reality Project Indonesia to ask whether she would be interested to speak in a session to be moderated by Matthias Gelber, also a climate leader.
Matthias is known as the Green Man, an environmentalist and active campaigner and the author of The Greenman's Guide to Green Living and Working.
The session is titled Modalities of Leadership and Partnerships in Overcoming Sustainable Development and Climate Change Challenges. It is part of the 2016 Asia Leadership Program on Sustainable Development and Climate Change,organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with the KDI School of Public Policy and Management and a number of partner organizations in the energy, urban, water and transport sector.
Asia Leadership Program
The fifth annual program held in Seoul, Korea on 23-27 May 2016 was designed to empower policy makers – through extensive knowledge sharing and dialogue with leaders from government, think-tanks and the private sector – to take actions to integrate sustainable development and climate change initiatives into their development policies and programs.
It was appropriate that the ADB put actions in support of sustainable development and in response to climate change under one roof because climate and development are locked together through basic cause and effect, by the need for an unprecedented transformation to a low-carbon economy and through the demanding timetable of action necessary to stay well below a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise.
The objective of the Leadership and Partnership Session, run as a plenary session on the first day, is to share regional experiences and good practices in leadership and partnerships towards achieving sustainable development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Matthias introduced the session to high-level government officials from ADB's client countries and ADB staff participants with stories of local champions who motivated their communities to take green actions and how a powerful global champion, Pope Francis through Laudato Si calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. The essence is, according to Matthias: you are the leader, meaning each participant in the room is a leader.
The first resource person was Anthony Tan, the Executive Director of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development in Malaysia (CETDEM), sharing An Environmental NGO's Experience Collaborating with Government Leadership.
CETDEM works with the Malaysian Government on several issues: climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency, organic farming and waste management, and transport.
In regards to leadership, based on Anthony’s experience working with the government, there were several important aspects: grooming a successor is an ongoing effort, dare to be different, success is a team achievement: and failing is a learning experience.
The second resource person was Amanda Katili Niode, Head of Expert Team at the Office of the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Manager of The Climate Reality Project Indonesia. Amanda talked about Indonesian Leadership Experience on Climate Actions and Sustainable Development goals. International commitment is Indonesia’s strategy on leadership on climate change and sustainable development, along with institutional arrangements with portfolio and high-ranking officials on the issues.
Inter-ministerial coordination, action plan and implementation, parliament hearings, domestic laws and regulations are important ways to engage stakeholders and to champion new causes and reforms through decision- making system.
Global Leadership Network The ensuing Interactive Discussions led by Matthias was a perfect opportunity for government officials to share their experiences and learn from each other, mostly in regards to massive projects.
Field trips, case study analysis and action plan development as part of the Asia Leadership Program enhance the capabilities of the already experienced officials to resolve climate and development challenges
As for climate leaders trained by former Vice President Al Gore, The Reality Hub community is a place to strengthen their network as it is available for climate reality leaders, climate reality staff, and partners from around the world to connect, get informed, share resources, and get involved with The Climate Reality Project’s global initiatives.
Text: The Climate Reality Project Indonesia.
Images: Laurent Renault/12rf.com, ADB.