[LINK] Proposing web to fight Climate Change at APEC Symposium

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Oct 29 15:58:15 AEDT 2009

Greetings from the working group of the APEC Symposium on Climate Change 
at the ANU Canberra. About 20 delegates from around the Asia pacific are 
discussing issues in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change 
Conference in Copenhagen December (UNFCCC CoP 15). I gave the symposium 
a presentation on "Technology transfer by collaborative online education 
for climate change mitigation" with the message that online 
collaboration and mentoring could be used to accelerate the distribution 
of knowledge of how to deal with climate change.

The afternoon session started with a video linkup with the Asia-Pacific 
Network for Global Change Research in Japan. The technology worked for 
the connection, but there was confusion as to from which end of the link 
the slides would be displayed, which took some time to sort out. The 
event continues tomorrow with small groups preparing proposed initiatives.

Here is the program so far:

     APEC Symposium on Climate Change
     28th - 30th October 2009

     In the lead up to the Australia-Korea Leadership Forum in November 
and the UNFCCC CoP 15 in Copenhagen in December, the CCI, through AusAID 
sponsorship, is hosting a closed workshop consisting of APEC member 
     Workshop Objectives

         * Identify opportunities to promote collaboration between 
business, government and educational and
           research institutions in the Asia-Pacific region on climate 
change issues, including:
               o Identify mechanisms for technology development and 
transfer to support action on climate change
                 mitigation and adaptation;
               o Technology underpinning knowledge creation and 
transfer; and
               o Turning research into outcomes.
         * Identify impediments and solutions to effective collaboration 
around key issues, including:
               o IP challenges;
               o Knowledge gaps;
               o Capacity building; and
               o Governance.
         * Where to from now?
         * Identify achievable outcomes and timeframes; and
         * Road map ahead. ...

     Workshop Outcomes

     Workshop outcomes will include:

         * A road map for APEC economies to progress the challenges of 
knowledge transfer;
         * High level plan to turn research into outcomes;
         * Identification and potential solutions to impediments to 
effective collaboration;
         * Opportunities for AusAID to provide continued support in the 
Asia-Pacific region;
         * Road map ahead for follow up workshops / conferences; and
         * Report of proceedings.

     SESSION 1

     9:00 – 10:45 CHAIR – Ms Octavia Borthwick
     Assistant Director General, Asia Regional Branch, AusAID
     Timing Speakers
     08:45 - 09:00 Arrival and registration
     09:00 - 9:05 Welcome and Introduction (Prof
     Will Steffen) Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute
     09:05 – 09:15 Ms Octavia Borthwick (Australia) ADG, Asia Regional 
Branch, AusAID
     09:15 - 09:40 Dr Heesu Park (R Korea) Policy Advisor, Korea 
International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
     09:40 – 10:05 Prof Haibin Zhang (PR China) Director, Centre for 
International Organisation Studies, Peking University
     10:05 - 10:30 Dr Nguyen Dai Khanh (Viet Nam) Director, Technology 
and International Cooperation, National Hydro-Meteorological Service, 
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
     10:30 – 10:45 Questions & discussion
     10:45-11:00 MORNING COFFEE & TEA
     SESSION 2

     11:00 – 12:30
     CHAIR – Prof Will Steffen ANU Climate Change Institute
     Timing Speakers
     11:00–11:25 Dr Carmel Gacho (Philippines) Senior Science Research 
Specialist, Industrial Technology Development Institute, Department of 
Science and Technology, Philippines
     11:25–11:45 Mr Tom Worthington, Green ICT e-learning Designer, ANU 
College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Australian Computer 
     11:45–12:00 Questions & discussion
     12:30-13:45 LUNCH
     SESSION 3

     14:00 – 14:50 VIDEO CONFERENCE
     CHAIR - Prof James Fox, Frank Fenner Building, ANU Medical School 
Director, ANU Korea Institute
     Timing Speaker(s)
     14:00 – 14:30 Mr Tetsuro Fujitsuka (Japan) Asia-Pacific Network for 
Global Change Research (APN), Japan
     14:30 – 14:50 Questions and discussion ...

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Tom Worthington FACS HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Lecturer, The Australian National University t: 02 61255694
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