AVPN Conference 2018

AVPN Conference 2018

4-7 June 2018
Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre

Now in its sixth year, the AVPN Conference will bring together a diverse group of funders and resource providers from around the globe to take part in the largest gathering of social investors in Asia. With the theme "Maximising Impact", the 2018 Conference reflects the importance of strategic, collaborative, and outcome-focused approaches to social investing - from philanthropy to impact investing, the conference will cover a range of impact areas and investment approaches.

ACN's Programme Manager, Ms Melissa Chong, will be representing the network at the conference. She will present the findings from the Rockefeller research on financial inclusion for MSME's at one of the panel discussions.

View the Agenda for key topics of interest.

AICHR Interregional Dialogue: Sharing Good Practices on Business and Human Rights


4-6 June 2018
United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok, UNESCAP

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The dialogue programme will be conducted on behalf of the AICHR by the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program, the Rights and Liberties Protection Department of the Ministry of Justice of Thailand, and the ASEAN CSR Network with support from the E-READI Programme of the European Union.

This Interregional Dialogue marks the first occasion that the AICHR, the overarching human rights mechanism of ASEAN, convenes a meeting of key regional human rights mechanisms from around the world, the national human rights institutions from the Asia-Pacific region, business participants as well as representatives of civil society organisations. The objective is to exchange views and good practices on how the regional mechanisms, NHRIs and other stakeholders have played a role in helping mainstream the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the way in which these stakeholders can cooperate and collaborate further to enhance the effectiveness of the implementation of the UNGP both at the regional and national levels. The members of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, including the Chair and Vice Chair, will honour us with their presence. The Prime Minister of Thailand is also invited to open the event.


Webinar: The role of carbon pricing in tackling climate change

From Responsible Business 101, ACN will now go in-depth into key topics that affect the region.
Our next webinar will be on carbon pricing.

Date: 24 May 2018
Time: 3-4PM (SG time)

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Carbon pricing is an increasingly popular instrument used by governments and companies to tackle climate change. Regions and countries that have implemented carbon pricing mechanisms include the EU and China. In 2017, Singapore announced that it would also be implementing a carbon tax system from 2019 - the first in the Southeast Asia region. While many have cheered this move, industries have voiced concerns about how it might affect the competitiveness of firms here. This webinar will explain the mechanisms of carbon pricing and how it is being used to tackle climate change, as well as go further in-depth by using Singapore as a case study for discussion. It will also discuss the move in light of international market mechanisms currently being developed under the Paris Agreement, which is expected to play a significant role in facilitating countries in meeting their climate goals in the coming years.

This webinar will be conducted by Ms Melissa Low, Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute.

Melissa Low joined the Energy Studies Institute in September 2010. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Climate Change Law and Policy (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore. For her NUS Master thesis on past and contemporary proposals on equity and differentiation in shaping the 2015 climate agreement, Melissa was awarded the Shell Best Dissertation Award 2013. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Geography degree (with Honors) and a minor in Urban Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2010.

Melissa has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) talks since December 2009 and is the Designated Contact Point for NUS’s accreditation to the UNFCCC. Her current research areas are on the implications of the Paris Agreement and countries’ progress in meeting their climate pledges.