“Join Us to Save Our Only Home”
Mr. Swarup Roy, Founder and CEO of Asean Affairs
Your Excellencies, YB Dato’ Sri Peter Chin, Minister of Energy,
Green Technology & Water of Malaysia; YB Tan Sri Rafidah
Aziz, MP Advisor & Patron, the Malaysia-Europe Forum (MEF)
and former Minister of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia;
and H.E. Vincent Piket, Ambassador & Head of Delegation, The
Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, partners, colleagues
and friends, welcome to the Asean Affairs Business Council’s
third Save Our Planet Conference - Malaysia.
I thank their Excellencies for their support in the cause of
saving the planet and agreeing to speak at this event today in spite
of their busy schedules.
I launched the Save Our Plant Forums in the beginning of
this year in response to the failure of the Copenhagen Climate
summit of Dec 2009. With the intense interest in the “green
technologies” of the near future and our world’s obsession with
carbon-based fuels, these series of conferences have been created
to debate Climate Change and what Asean can do to prevent and
mitigate this vital challenge of our times. The conferences started
in March 2010 in Bangkok and continue in Malaysia, Singapore,
India, Vietnam and China, culminating in a mega conference in
2011 in New York City.
It is now apparent to many that the task of implementing
measures to combat climate deterioration falls on the private
sector, including companies and individuals. To accomplish this,
shared solutions need to be produced. The goal of the Save Our
Planet conferences is to develop and define these practical solutions.
Speakers and Participants
Among the speakers and participants that have appeared at
the Save Our Planet conferences have been Dr. Michael Nobel of
the Nobel Charitable Trust; Dr. Hanns Schumacher, German Ambassador
to Thailand, Dominikus von Pescatore of Bayer; David
Oberhuber from German Technical Cooperation; Tony Novak of
Emerson, Sumit Phokrel of the Asian Development Bank; and
Shayne Heffernan from Ebeling Heffernan. Some of them have
joined us as speakers and supporters here today in SOP-Malaysia.
I thank them for their support for the SOP series across Asia.
The Save Our Planet forums have attracted a wide range of
partners including Bayer, Biersdorf, Ebeling Heffernan, Emerson,
PTT Public Company - Thailand, the German government through
its local embassies, and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).
Additionally, potential partners looking to support the Save Our
Planet initiative are the US$29 billion dollar Birla Group, the
French energy giant US$110 billion GDF Suez Group, the Hinduja
Foundation of Switzerland and London, and the heads of state of
Asean and European countries...................
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