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Climate Initiative


In 2007, PISA launched a multi-year project to build capacity and support leadership on climate change policy in Southeast Asia. Our Climate Initiative programs are held at both the National and Regional levels. PISA also hosts programs as part of our Climate-Wise Development Roundtables Series and public events such as film screenings and featured speakers.

The Climate Initiative includes event programming in Washington. The Climate-wise Development Roundtable series brings officers of the ASEAN member embassies in Washington, DC together with specialists from the NGO, think tank and academic communities in invitation-only, off the record sessions to discuss the ways in which ASEAN nations are innovating in the real of climate-wise or "green growth" development strategies. Public events, such as film screenings and guest speakers, are also held as part PISA's Climate Initiative. To see the most recent events, visit our Past Events.


Climate Change Education Programs

For the first Leadership Institute on Global Climate Change (LIGCC), PISA collaborated with the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences to provide a capacity building Institute on Climate Change. From October 22-31, forty delegates from across Vietnam participated in the Leadership Institute on Creative Responses to Global Climate Change in Hanoi.

From July 6-29, 2009 the next phase of our Climate Initiative occured with the PISA Summer Institute on Global Climate Change (PSIGCC) held at the George Washington University. The twelve participants focused on social justice considerations in the context of climate change and sustainable development.

In 2011, the first regional-level Institute convened in Bangkok, Thailand: the Regional Leadership Institute on Climate Change (RLICC). In cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, Bangkok), PISA convened a five-day conference with twenty-seven delegates from six ASEAN member countries. RLICC sought to critically assess national and regional policies on climate change and the participants drafted a consensus statement on the need for regional cooperation to meet these challenges. The above photo shows an RLICC working group.

2013 marked PISA's first major national program in Myanmar. At the invitation of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Forestry of Myanmar, and in collaboration with Myanmar's leading environmental organization ECO-DEV (now ALARM), PISA offered the Myanmar Leadership Institute on Climate Change (MLICC) in Naypyitaw for 45 government officials from 12 different ministries with portfolios most likely to be impacted by climate change. MLICC was designed to build capacity at the national level on mainstreaming climate change into development policies. The objective of the pre-training was to introduce the officials to climate-wise development strategies that increase human security.

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Most recently in from October 31 through November 16, 2014, PISA welcomed a delegation of 14 government officials and civil society leaders for the Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change (MALICC). MALICC's fast-paced program included experiential learning site visits, expert presentations, active learning exercises and final group presentations.


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