ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Read the Press Release of the 4th Save Our Planet Conference
Friday 18 March, the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
The Save Our Planet Forums were started by Swarup Roy, founder of Asean Affairs - the Global Publication of Southeast Asia. The confer¬ences started in March 2010 in Bangkok (12th March and 25th March) and continued in Malaysia (3rd Aug 2010 in Kuala Lumpur). It contin¬ues in 2011 in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Plans to organize the series in India, Vietnam, Indonesia and China are on the drawing board, culminating in a megaconference at the end of the series of events.
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.
SOP 1 was an international event with 17 speakers and 200 delegates attending from 12 countries. Inaugurated by the Chairwoman of Ase¬anAffairs, Her Highness Princess Mom Luang Rajadarasri Jayankura of Thailand, we had such distinguished speakers as Dr. Michael Nobel of the Nobel Charitable Trust, Dr. Haans Schumacher, the Ambassador of Germany to Thailand; Dr. Art-Ong Jumsai Ayuthaya, Dominikus von Pescatore of BAYER, David Oberhuber from The German Technical Cooperation, Tony Novak of EMERSON, Chris D’Couto, CEO of Neah Power Systems, USA; Niraj Sharan from Aura Inc Italy & India, Sumit Phokrel from the Asian Development Bank, Shayne Heffernan from Ebeling Heffernan, The Honorable Barry Gusi from the Philippines, and Stuart Scott of the Climate Summit.
Save Our Planet - Malaysia
A total of 200 leaders from business, government, think tanks, embas¬sies, chambers of commerce and media in Malaysia attended the Save Our Planet Forum, 3rd August 2010, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The keynote addresses were given by Peter Chin, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water; and Rafidah Aziz, MP, former Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry. The remaining 17 speakers hailed from 12 different countries.
The Save Our Planet concept has attracted a wide range of partners including Bayer, Biersdorf, Ebeling Heffernan, Emerson, PTT Public Company - Thailand, the German government through its local embas¬sies, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Siemens, European Union and Tesco. 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.
Save Our Planet Foundation
The creation of the Save Our Planet Foundation as a nonprofit organi¬zation to fight climate change is another goal. The foundation would support innovations in technology, processes and methods across Asia and fund startup companies to fight climate change. The foundation would create various mechanisms to achieve these goals, one of them launching an “Asian Green Awards” for the best innovations and com¬panies involved in the eco-economy.
Final report to the United Nations
At the conclusion of the Save Our Planet mega conference, a compre¬hensive report will be produced and submitted to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), anticipating that this report would be viewed as a major Asian contribution to the climate crisis issue.
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