Dialogue Forum 6 I Year 2: From Paris to Glasgow, COP 26 and Implications on Climate Policies

The monthly forum to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” of different views and opinions as well as bits of information to create one big picture for better understanding in society

In times when society has become widened with gaps and differences of views and opinions, one issue could be escalated into a crisis if there are no platforms available for appropriate discussion among all concerned.

The media, while informing and inspiring their audience, could also take an educating and facilitating role to serve such a purpose, acting as a bridge and helping connect the dots into one big picture.

In collaboration with its partners and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office), Bangkok Tribune Online News Agency has come up with a monthly forum on issues of importance, under the project, “Dialogue Forum”.

This is to facilitate and provide a space for discussions and exchanges of dialogues and views as well as information regarding critical social and environmental issues both in Thailand and the Mekong region, thus not only bridging the gap and connecting the dots, but also helping forge understanding among the public and the parties concerned, encouraging them to make a decision about the issues better or even find a common ground and seek solutions together.

In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the first part of its periodical Sixth Assessment Report or AR6 to assess the state of the world’s climate. The UN’s top post, Antonio Guterres, called it, “a code red for humanity”.

Besides stark and stunning sets of information that wake people up to the climate reality and its impacts that could last for centuries, the report has also painted a shocking picture on the rising temperature, pointing that if nothing is done the world could pass the 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold in the next 20 years!

According to the UNFCCC’s latest update on the voluntary cuts on GHGs known as Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs, the world is still on a catastrophic pathway to 2.4C by the end of this century. To limit the rise to 1.5C, a 45 per cent cut in emissions is needed by 2030 and zero emissions by 2050.

The commitments by countries to date, the organisation noted, imply an increase of 14 per cent in GHG emissions, on a contrary. Other sticking points concern adaptation and financing, under which $ 100 billion a year for “climate action” in developing countries is needed, as well as funding for adaptation to at least 50 per cent of total public climate finance expenditure.  

According to the UNFCCC, adaptation costs in the developing world are estimated at around $70 billion a year, and they could rise as much as $300 billion by 2030.   

Countries have reached the deal at COP26 with an introduction of Glasgow Climate Pact. It remains to be seen what the implications of the pact would be like.

The Dialogue Forum, which opens a space for such critical discussion, therefore, would cordially like to invite you to explore the new deal as well as its implications for countries like Thailand at Dialogue 6: From Paris to Glasgow, COP 26 and Implications on Climate Policies as part of the climate forum series on December 2 from 12.15 pm-2.30 pm via Zoom.

Contact

Piyaporn Wong, Bangkok Tribune coordinator: 089 920 8027/ FB Messenger: Bangkok Tribune News

**Please register and confirm your Zoom participation ahead of the [email protected] DF 6: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkc-qqrzorGtIxzUMWo5QKuQYIOvU4OKcE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. (Translation is available.)

***You can also watch the event live via FB [email protected] FB Page: Thai PBS, Decode, นักข่าวพลเมือง(ThaiPBS), Bangkok Tribune News, SEA-Junction, Thai SEJ (ชมรมนักข่าวสิ่งแวดล้อม)

Objectives

  • To develop and introduce a new body of knowledge and  innovation regarding an independent, in-depth media to the  public (Indie & In-depth)
  • To empower public members to be able to keep up with any developments as well as repercussions in the society, as well as the role of the media in helping shape the society (Empowering)
  • To promote participation in the development of such the innovative and constructive media so that it can remain opened and accessible to all (Open & Accessible)

Partners

  • Decode.plus, Thai PBS
  • Thai Society of Environmental Journalists
  • SEA-Junction
  • Bangkok Tribune News Agency

Supported by: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office)