Climate Justice Conference

12 July 2008 - Event
12 July 2008 to 14 July 2008


Walden Bello, Oscar Reyes, Walden Bello, Oscar Reyes...

12 - 14 July, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand
Press release: Asian civil society groups call for 'climate justice' Programme
12 - 14 July, Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand

08h30-09h30 Registration

09h30 - 10h00 Welcome
Dr Surichai Wan'geo, Director, Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, Chair of the Board, Focus on the Global South
Nicola Bullard, Focus on the Global South

10h00 - 11h00 Introductions and conference process
Each participant says their name and organisation only. (We propose two lines, alternating between men and women.) They will also be asked to place two or three "tage" on the wall for what they want to discuss at this conference. These "tags" will be be used to produce a "word cloud" showing all the issues of the conference.

11h30 - 13h00 Panel discussion: Framing the issues: Why "climate justice"?
Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South, Philippines (confirmed)
Pacific Islander (invited)
International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests
Titi Soentoro, Nadi/Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia (confirmed)

14h00-16h00 Panel: Where are we now?(20 mins each)
Climate change "code red" - the latest science
Stephanie Long, FOE Australia (confirmed)

Climate change in Asia: current trends and projected impacts
Shailendra Yashwant, Greenpeace Southeast Asia (confirmed)

What are the Asian governments saying, and what are they really doing?
R. Ramachandran, Frontline, India (confirmed)

Financing climate change: where's the money?
Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies, US (confirmed)

Followed by discussion

16h30 - 18h00 Panel: The current state of climate change negotiations and strategies to break the deadlock (20 mins each)
Meena Raman, Friends of the Earth, Malaysia (confirmed)
Tom Athanasiou, EcoEquity, US (confirmed)
Speaker from China (confirmed)

Followed by facilitated debate on "false solutions and positive alternatives"

18h00 - 18h15 Preparing the workshops for Day 2/Walk to Thai House

18h30 - 21h00 Welcome party at Thai House, Chulalongkorn University


Three sessions of four workshops, 2 hours each:
09h00 -11h00, 11h15 - 13h15, 14h15 - 16h15

The workshops are clustered according to the proposals that were made by participants in the registration forms.

 Illegitimate Debt, Ecological Debt and Climate Justice
 Climate change and forests: reducing emmissions from deforestation
 Greenhouse Development Rights
 IFIs and climate justice
 Trade and climate justice
 Indigenous Peoples and climate justice
 Climate justice and gender
 Energy security for climate justice
 Carbon trading
 Coastal communities, fishers and climate justice
 India and China: climate politics and development strategies
 Agro-fuels, land and climate justice

Several additional small workshops have been proposed. Details to be finalised.

- Each group will prepare a one page summary of key issues, controversies, and proposals for action, research, etc. These can also be "posted" on a wall chart.
- Each workshop will appoint one representative to join a drafting group to prepare a short report and propose the agenda for Day 3.

16h30 - 18h00 Report back to plenary from the workshops

18h00 - Working group to prepare report and agenda for Day 3. The report will include: key issues/convergences, controversies/unresolved issues, and future actions/strategies


09h00 - 11h00 Report from working group and plenary discussion

11h30 - 13h00 Agenda proposed by working group (eg. strategy discussion, action plans, etc)

14h00 - 15h30 Continuation of morning agenda

16h00 - 17h30 Building a movement in Asia, strengthening the "Climate Justice" movement: next steps

17h30 - 18h00 Evaluation and closing