SIEW 2017: Singapore Energy Lecture by Dy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean

Singapore, 22 May 2017. Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, will deliver the Singapore Energy Lecture on 23 October 2017 at the 10th Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW). The lecture will be a keynote at SIEW and will set the tone for discussions during the week from 23 to 27 October 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, This year’s SIEW theme is "Rethinking Energy; Navigating Change". 

Deputy Prime Minister Teo will be joined by a distinguished line-up of global energy leaders at SIEW. Confirmed attendees include: Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); Mr Masakazu Toyoda, Chairman & CEO, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ); Mr Yuji Kakimi, President, JERA; and Mr Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director General, Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam. They will discuss ways to stay nimble and navigate challenges in the evolving energy landscape.  

SIEW 2017 continues to bring together the world’s leading conferences, exhibitions, and roundtables in one week, one location. Anchor events include the Singapore Energy Summit and the inaugural edition of the Singapore-IEA Forum. Returning partner events, Asia Clean Energy SummitAsian Downstream Summit, and Gas Asia Summit, will provide delegates with opportunities to participate in the latest discussions across the energy sector.

SIEW enriches the global energy conversation by convening political, business, academic and energy industry thought-leaders to define and advance the world’s leading energy challenges, solutions and actions across the energy spectrum of oil & gas, clean and renewable energy, and energy infrastructure financing.

Registration for SIEW and SIEW’s co-located conferences & exhibitions opens on 1 July 2017 at The organiser of SIEW is the Energy Market Authority that seeks to forge a progressive energy landscape for sustained growth.

Corrine Bailey Rae at Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017

Fourth edition of the Singapore International Jazz Festival promises to be largest edition so far

The Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) 2017 takes place from 31 March to 2 April and offer 30 hours of world class music from multiple award-winning artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Gilles Peterson and Ray Parker Jr., as well as local favourites Aaron James Lee and Ernesto Enriquez. World music icon Youssou N’dour will round off Saturday’s Main Stage programme.

Corinne Bailey Rae at Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017.

Corinne Bailey Rae at Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017.

A highlight is the two-time Grammy Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae who released her self-titled debut album in 2006 which charted at No. 1 in the UK and No. 4 in the US.

The album featured global hits Put Your Record On and Like A Star that launched Bailey Rae to global stardom. She won her first Grammy just a year later for her collaboration with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock on his album River: The Joni Letters.

Her stars continued to shine with a second Grammy win in 2011 for Best R&B Performance for Is This Love. In May that year, Bailey Rae returned with her third studio alum and first full-length set in 6 years, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s R&B chart. The album featured hits Been To The Moon, The Skies Will Break, and Green Aphrodisiac, and NPR named it one of their Favourite 30 Albums of the year.

With her latest album being described as being “in the elite category of transcendental genre-busters from Minnie Riperton to Erykah Badu… (with) big-sky songs that play as a continuation of the Prince-style revolution”, you won’t want to miss a single magical moment of Corinne Bailey Rae LIVE on Friday 31st March at #SingJazz2017!


Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017

Where: Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza (Main Stage 4 pm = 1030 pm); Sands Expo & Conventional Centre Hall F (The Late Show 10 pm - 4 am)

When: 31 March - 2 April 2017

Official Website:

Myanmar Infrastructure Summit 2017: Sustainable Growth & Development

The Myanmar Infrastructure Summit 2017 will be held from 29 to 31 March 2017 at Sule Shangri-la, Yangon, Myanmar. Theme: “Accelerating Myanmar’s Infrastructure Development for Sustainable Growth” Register for MIS2017 hereProgram of MIS 2017 here. Organiser: Confexhub.

Supported by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC), Myanmar Investors Development Association (MIDA), Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), and Myanmar Engineering Society (MES) along with key stakeholders, the Government of Myanmar plans to pursue balanced territorial development with the aim to upgrade its infrastructure capacities to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth as the fundamental of economic development. 

Themed “Accelerating Myanmar’s Infrastructure Development for Sustainable Growth”, MIS2017 is set to provide a platform for potential foreign investors, infrastructure developers, technology providers and infrastructure funders to be updated on the development plans and policies of investing in Myanmar’s urban and rural infrastructure; to assess market opportunities and at the same time build potential business and investment networks with the local policy makers and industry players on the following thematic areas:

  • Integrated Master Planning for Sustainable Rural & Urban Development
  • Adopting Green Building Framework Towards a Livable, Sustainable and Resilient Myanmar
  • Financing Options and Regulatory Framework for Infrastructure Projects in Myanmar
  • Conservation and Reuse of Heritage Buildings and Cultural Sites in Myanmar
  • Healthcare Infrastructure Development Plan
  • Integrated Waterfront Development
  • Accelerating Tourism Infrastructure Development for Economic Growth
  • Urban and Regional Transportation Infrastructures as an Economic Accelerator and Expansion for Myanmar

Alongside the conferences is an International Exhibition featuring key companies in the infrastructure and construction sector covering real estate development, road, bridge, canal, railway, ports, airports, building technology, structural design and project management providers.

Industry Context of MIS 2017

Myanmar’s construction industry is forecast to record rapid growth, at an annual average rate of 10.37%. In real terms, the industry’s value stood at US$8.2 billion in 2015, and is anticipated to value US$13.5 billion in 2020. This growth is supported by the country’s improving economic conditions; mainly depending on government investments in residential, energy and utilities, and public infrastructure projects, as well as a rise in foreign investments. Residential construction is the largest market in Myanmar’s construction industry, accounting for 49.9% of the industry value in 2015. The market rose from US$3.6 billion in 2011 to value US$5.0 billion in 2015, recording a CAGR of 17.89% in nominal terms. The market is forecast to remain the largest, to value US$9.7 billion in 2020. Transportation is the second-largest market, accounting for 19.4% of the industry’s total value in 2015. The market rose from US$1.3 billion in 2011 to US$1.9 billion in 2015, at a CAGR of 20.13%. Accordingly, the government will invest US$26.8 billion under the National Transport Master Plan, allocating funds to road, rail, marine and air transportation projects until 2030. This sector is expected to reach US$4.2 billion in 2020.               

What's on at Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) 2017?

The 12th Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) and the 4thAsia Dive Conference (ADCON) are scheduled from 12 to 14 May 2017 at Hall 1, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

Both the event are moved from the month of July to the month of May to facilitate the fasting month and the Hari Raya celebration. This move is also to enable the preparation of Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) collaborating with the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) scheduled from 3 to 7 August 2017 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour, Australia from 2017 onwards.

MIDE will move from Hall 3 to Hall 1 to a bigger hall space of 8,000sqm and will occupy a gross space of 12,000sqm. Anticipating more than 2,000 exhibitors, with 200 participating companies, MIDE is geared to welcome business entrepreneurs, tourism boards, dive agencies brand manufacturers and distributors to utilise the platform that has been created and designed to meet the lucrative business for every organisation. 

MIDE has a consistent track record of visitors to the expo. From the humble beginning from 2006 till todate the expo has generated approximately 110,000 visitors with an average minimum of 10,000 visitors yearly.

The expo is known as the hub for purchase of dive equipment, courses and dive travel destination. For the year of 2015 sales generated for the 3days event was at approximate of 8million and for the year of 2016 sales reached at approximate of 10million.  Anticipated turnover sales for 2017 is projected between 10 to 12 million. Coming from a niche industry, the expo has delivered and continue to deliver a great significant growth of revenue for participating companies and further contributes positively to a healthy economic growth towards the dive tourism.

Statistics of information collected for MIDE2016 include:

- Recorded visitors – 14,156

- More than 2,000 leading international brand participant

- More than 170 companies participated

- More than 3,000 courses sold

- 95% had interest in diving

- 80% attended by dive professionals

- 90% purchase of products

- 85% interest & purchase on dive travel

- Turnover sales over the three days was approximately MYR 10 million.

Amidst the above, Asia Dive Conference (ADCON) will enable visitors to explore more option of the conference that will take place during the 3days event. The venue for the conference will be within MIDE venue hall to enable visitors to have easy access to the Seminar Room.  ADCON will focus on bringing more insight on technical aspect on diving, servicing and maintenance of dive equipment, camera housing, demonstration on latest products, teaching on Photoshop techniques, exploring on nitrox certification courses and more.

What’s On at  MIDE 2017 ?

- Lens Beyond Ocean (LBO) Photography Competition will be launched soon

- Business Forum

- Buyers Meet Seller Meeting (B2B Meeting)

- Speakers Seminar & Presentation

- Showcase on Latest Product Innovation and Presentation

- Dive Agency Member Forum

- Free diving Workshop

- Forum on Photography

- Workshop on  Maintenance of Dive Gear,  Camera Equipment and Housing.

- VideoZone showcasing on Ocean and Marine Life

- Educational Marine Program for teens and children

Both events will be advertised at The Malay Mail, The Malaysian Reserve (in association with New York Times) newsprint media, Astro Malaysia an electronic media,  Dive Magazines andDive Portals.

Exhibitors keen to participate at the Hottest & Coolest Dive Expo in Asia may contact the Organizer at

For more information, please visit MIDE’s new website that will be launched soon.


Asia Events Exsic (AEE)  was established in Malaysia in 2000 and Australia in 2013 with key personnel having 20 to 25 years’ experience as consultants in planning, technical support and management of leisure and hospitality projects as well as in the organizing of international and local Exhibitions, Seminars and Conferences.  Asia Events Exsic is a long-established and respected, family-managed company with co-owners who are bothdivers. Asia Events Exsic enjoys a reputation as a leader in dive event organisation and management, a direct outcome of developing cooperative business relationships worldwide underscored by the hard-work ethic and dedication of its co-owners, managers, administration and events team.


50-1, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6,  Kuchai  Business Park,

Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur


Suite 201/272, Pacific Highway

Crows Nest, 2065 NSW

Australia International Dive Expo 2017 Coincides with Sydney Boat Show

In 2017, and for the very first time, the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) is joining forces with the long-standing and hugely popular Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) to bring water enthusiasts of all kinds the biggest recreational and sports water oriented event in Sydney, Australia from 3-7 August 2017 at the newly renovated International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s spectacular Darling Harbour.

We will provide amateur and professional divers, and those new to diving, a comprehensive platform to explore and develop their interests and love for the marine world.

About AIDE - Australia’s Largest Water Enthusiast’s Event

From scuba and free diving, spearfishing, snorkeling, photography and conservation policies and practices to hi-tech equipment, hot dive apparel, super-cool gadgets, dive tours, dream holiday packages as well as expert training and education, this annual Expo event is where the entire industry comes together under one roof to provide water enthusiasts, young and old, beginners and professionals, the latest and greatest in the underwater world.

AIDE2017 will occupy 20,000m2 of floor space and run for five days. There will be an estimated 45,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors at the 2017 collaborative event. 

The aim of the AIDE and SIBS collaboration is to showcase products and services to visitors in one convenient location, so that individual interests and needs are met, either above or below the waterlineall under one roof.

At AIDE, an objective is to maintain and develop engagement between the dive industry and existing divers as well as welcoming new divers by keeping them inspired and stimulating their curiosity about the wonders of the underwater world. Another objective - to promote and provide information re: ongoing marine conservation practices and efforts in Australia and around the world.

OUR PARTNERS - The list, which has grown steadily over the past three years, includes dive certification agencies, tourism bodies, tour operators, dive resorts and centers as well as distributors of dive equipment, apparel and gadgets. The much bigger and better 2017 collaborative event will see this list expand greatly.

AIDE INVITATION TO YOU - If you’re keen in exhibiting or would like to get involved, please email the organisers at:

Visit the AIDE website at:


Asia Events Exsic (AEE)  was established in Malaysia in 2000 and Australia in 2013 with key personnel having 20 to 25 years’ experience as consultants in planning, technical support and management of leisure and hospitality projects as well as in the organizing of international and local Exhibitions, Seminars and Conferences.  Asia Events Exsic is a long-established and respected, family-managed company with co-owners who are bothdivers. Asia Events Exsic enjoys a reputation as a leader in dive event organisation and management, a direct outcome of developing cooperative business relationships worldwide underscored by the hard-work ethic and dedication of its co-owners, managers, administration and events team.


50-1, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6,  Kuchai  Business Park,

Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur


Suite 201/272, Pacific Highway

Crows Nest, 2065 NSW

Green Building & Parks World 2017

Green Buildings and Parks World 2017 to take place in Kuala Lumpur, themed  ‘Green Not Expensive - Expensive Not Green’     

The 3rd Green Buildings & Parks World will take place from 17 to 18 January 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organisers Confexhub expects more than 200 green building designers, architects, facilitators, urban planners, developers, contractors, energy and water efficiency consultants, landscape designers and green material manufacturers from over 25 countries.

Over the years, the construction sector has shown tremendous progress through initiatives and programmes implemented by the local government focusing on improving the competitiveness and subsequent ability of construction players to internationalisation. The Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) introduced by the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) with one of the thrusts is to increase the green building programme by pushing continuously more designs and constructions for greener buildings in the country.

What: Green Buildings & Parks World 2017 Conference

Venue: Pullman Bangsar Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When: 17-18 January 2017

Visit this page for registration  

More information about the conference:

The Green Building & Parks World 2017 (GBPW 2017) is an international conference conceptualized to provide a conduit for stakeholders from green building, green infrastructure, parks and green materials to converge; meet face to face to discuss a wide spectrum of issues and developments in green building and parks development, and sharing success stories and frameworks from the Pan-Asia regions. More than 20 eminent Guest Speakers representing governmental agencies, award-winning experts and renowned captains of industry from green building, eco-building material, green technology, landscape and parks will address on a range of topics under the theme of ‘Green Not Expensive - Expensive Not Green’         


Head to Sarawak, Borneo of Malaysia, for regional and international meetings, incentive events and conferences.


APRIL 2017

International Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Languages

Date: April 3, 2017 – April 4, 2017

Venue: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: UPSI & Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany



                                                          MAY 2017


7th International Hornbill Conference

Date: May 16, 2017 – May 18, 2017

Venue: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: Sarawak Forestry Corporation



                                                       NOVEMBER 2017


The 29th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and 21st Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine (MCPM)

Date: November 18, 2017 – November 22, 2017

Venue: Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching

Organizer: International Association of Suicide Prevention and Malaysian Psychiatric Association


Sarawak Tourism Festivals & Happenings 2016/2017

From nature tourism, cultural tourism to ecotourism highlights, Sarawak of East Malaysia offers travellers a wide choice of delightful vacation ideas.


Sibu Big Bike Week 2016

Date: December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Venue: Sibu

Organizer: Razz Chopper Motor Club


Kuching City International Darts Championship 2016

Date: December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016 (6pm onwards)

Venue: Riverside Shopping Mall, Kuching

Organizer: World Darts Federation


Miri City Christmas Parade (PC: The Star Online)

Miri City Christmas Parade (PC: The Star Online)

Miri City Christmas Parade

Date: December 3, 2016

Venue: Miri

Organizer: City Council & Churches, Miri


Kuching Christmas Parade

Date: December 3, 2016 (6pm to 10pm)

Venue: MBKS Jubilee Ground, Kuching

Organizer: Methodist Church


REDEEMS – Praise Music Festival

Date: December 4, 2016 – December 6, 2016

Venue: Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS)

Organizer: REDEEMS Centre, Kampung Apar-Singai, Bau


Sibu New Year Countdown Celebration (PC: Sky Scraper City)

Sibu New Year Countdown Celebration (PC: Sky Scraper City)

Sibu New Year Countdown Celebration

Date: December 31, 2016

Venue: Sibu Town Square

Organizer: Sibu Municipal Council



Miri Country Music Festival 2017

Date: February 25, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Venue: Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

Organizer: Planet Conventions and Events – PLACE


MARCH 2017

Sarawak Marathon, Kuching 2017

Date: March 12, 2017

Venue: Kuching, Sarawak

Organizer: Asia Tourism Alliance


APRIL 2017

International Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Languages

Date: April 3, 2017 – April 4, 2017

Venue: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: UPSI & Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany


MAY 2017

Borneo Jazz Festival (PC: YouTube)

Borneo Jazz Festival (PC: YouTube)

Borneo Jazz Festival 2017

Date: May 12, 2017 @ 6:00 am - May 13, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

Venue: Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

Organizer: Sarawak Tourism Board


7th International Hornbill Conference

Date: May 16, 2017 – May 18, 2017

Venue: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: Sarawak Forestry Corporation


JULY 2017

Rainforest World Music Festival (PC: Malaysia Asia)

Rainforest World Music Festival (PC: Malaysia Asia)

Rainforest World Music Festival 2017

Date: July 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching

Organizer: Sarawak Tourism Board



Borneo International Beads Conference 2017

Date: October 13, 2017 – October 15, 2017

Venue: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: Crafthub Sdn. Bhd.


Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta 2016

In order to promotes local tourism and thereby increase tourist arrivals and receipts, the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta will be held from 11th to 13th November at Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Apart from the Dragon Boat races and the Sarawak Regatta races, local food and handicraft exhibitions will also be held.  Other side events that will be organised include mooncake festival, brooke swim, duck catching competition, tug-of-war, canoeing and singing presentations by local singers.

What: Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta 2016

When: November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Where: Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Who: Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Sarawak

For more information visit the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta 2016 website here.

Click here for SIDBR 2016 Bulletin.

Organized under the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Rules and Regulations of Racing, 26 teams from 11 countries, namely Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, Ireland, Malaysia will be participating in the event.

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism 2016

Wild Asia, ITB Asia’s official CSR partner, will present a series of Responsible Tourism Events. Experts and experienced practitioners will be presenting concepts, international standards, lessons learnt, current trends and notable regional case studies.

Responsible Tourism Events

20th October 2016

10:00 – 17:00

Register your interest for the session via the following link

Responsible Tourism Events

21st October 2016

11:00 – 13:00

Register your interest for the session via the following link

Venue: Marina Bay Sands

Click here for the detailed schedule of the Responsible Tourism Events.

Wild Asia is a consultancy focusing on conservation of natural areas and support of local communities dependent upon natural resources.

One of Wild Asia’s initiatives is the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards which, every year since 2006, recognizes Asia-based sustainability superstars in the travel industry, and remains the only regional award program for responsible travel. The awards are based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s criteria. The Responsible Tourism Awards are part of Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Initiative.

ITB Asia 2016 in Singapore Hosts Tourism Exhibitors Worldwide

Asia’s leading Travel Trade Show, ITB Asia 2016 will be held at Marina Bay Sands from 19-21 October

It is organized by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. It features exhibitors from Asia, Oceania, Africa and Europe, North and South America, Caribbean, Middle East and Arabic regions under different segments encompassing hotels, carriers, cruises, travel technology, business travel, training and employment, supply and medical tourism.

As a leading trade show for the tourism industry in Asia, ITB actively encourage research and science in their efforts to create economically, socially and ecologically responsible tourism products and services. 

Know about ITB Asia’s 2015 Impact Statement and the measures it undertakes to encourage the commitment to CSR.

GGEF Roundtable 2016 to be held in Hong Kong

Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF) business conference themed ‘When Cleantech meets Capital’ will be held in Hong Kong on November 14, 2016 

A one of its kind business conference, the GGEF Roundtable 2016 will focus on identifying green innovations and actionable solutions in business.

Against the backdrop of fast-changing economic conditions and daunting environmental challenges, cleantech companies will play an instrumental role in transforming societal norms- given sufficient financial backing and government support.

When: November 14, 2016 (Monday) 09:00 – 16.30 hrs. (map and transportation)

Where: JW Marriot, Hong Kong

Why: GGEF is where sustainability means business. It is the only Business Conference that operates as a Social Enterprise in Asia, with 20% of what you pay going to supporting our students’ sustainability program. Your participation will make a difference to our community now and for generations to come!

Who: Business leaders, Entrepreneurs, Environmental Leaders, Innovators, Investors

Register for Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF) Roundtable 2016 here 

Click here to view the agenda for the GGEF Roundtable 2016

Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals Conference in Singapore 2016

Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy and Management will be held in Singapore from 9-11 November 2016

A high-profile conference with a focus on environmental law, policy and management aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held for the first time in Singapore 2016.

The three-day conference explores the issues, challenges, solutions and implementation of law, policy, science and management of four specific SDGs: SDG Goal 12 – Sustainable Production and Consumption; Goal 13 – Climate Action; Goal 14 –Life below Water (Sustainable Oceans); and Goal 15 –Life on Land (Biodiversity Conservation). 

The organisers are Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), NUS Master of Science (Environmental Management) [MEM] and NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES). They have invited prominent speakers who will share their insights on achieving the SDGs.

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Rosemary and Roger Enrico Chair for Ocean Exploration, USA.

Talk: In Pursuit of Sustainable Oceans (9 November, 9 am)



Prof Nicholas Robinson, University Professor on the Environment and Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus; Co-Director, Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Elizabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, USA; Former Chair, IUCN Commission of Environmental Law; Member, Advisory Committee, APCEL & MEM Program, NUS”

Keynote address at Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment (9 November, 2 pm)

Talk: Towards Sustainable Global Management of Peat Forests (10 November, 11 am)

Keynote Address: The Future of the Earth - Environmental Law, Policy, Governance and Management and the SDGs (11 November, 9:45 am)

Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah

Supreme Court of Pakistan, Lahore High Court

Keynote Address: Climate Change and its Challenges. A Judicial Perspective (10 November 10.30 am)




Dr Mas Achmad Santosa,  Founder, Indonesia Centre for Environmental Law; Coordinator of the Special Staffs; Presidential Task Force to Combat Illegal Fishing

Keynote Address: Enhancement of Forest and Peatland Governance in Pursuit of Environmental Justice (10 November, 11:50 am)


The Hon. Justice Brian J Preston SC, Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales

Keynote Address: The Role of Courts in Climate Change (10 November, 1:30 pm)

Visit the website to view many other speakers and their pertinent topics on achieving sustainability amidst climate change and environmental challenges. Registration is needed and fees for the SDGs Conference apply.

These events will culminate with the Fourth Asia Environment Lecture.

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, will deliver his talk on “Going, Going, Gone? How to Prosper while Protecting the Global Commons.” The Fourth Asia Environment Lecture on 11 November 2016 at 5 pm (Registration and Tea from 4 pm) is free for all to attend. Register for the Fourth Asia Environment Lecture here


Conference Details

What: Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy & Management *

When: 9th – 11th November 2016, 8:30am to 6:00pm

Where: Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium

National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244


Registration and payment details:

About the Conference

In 2016, the NUS Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Two degree programs focusing on the environment – the Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) also celebrate their 15th and 5th Anniversaries respectively.

To celebrate, APCEL, MEM and BES are coming together from 9-11 November 2016 to organise this three-day conference as well as the Asia Environment Lecture on 11 November 2016 at 5 pm.

Visit the individual organisers’ webpage:

*Qualified for PDU Points by the Professional Engineers Board (PEB). Refer to Registration Page for details.

Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2016 Takes Place in Suwon, South Korea

Sustainable development is an imperative for all sectors, and the United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

How to best develop sustainably? Do travelers wish to buy sustainable products?

Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has partnered with Korean hosts to assemble an all-star group of experts on sustainable tourism to provide leading-edge insights into these important questions.

What: Global Sustainable Tourism Conference 2016

When: 5-8 October 2016

Where: Novotel Ambassador Suwon, 902 Dukyoungdaero (Maesanro 1-Ga) Paldal-Gu
Maesan-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon-Si, 41, South Korea

Register for Global Sustainable Tourism Conference here.

Participants come from the private sector, public sector, NGOs, and academia to learn and share contemporary ideas that can be translated into action.

Registration fees are modest. Host city Suwon is easily accessible from Incheon Airport. Simultaneous translation will be provided in English, Korean, and Chinese.

Join us at the conference to be part of the solution to these important questions.

Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum 2016

Creativity and diversity will be the focus of Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum 2016.Under the theme “Co-creating life-changing tourism experiences", the 2016 Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum (2016 SSTF) has been designed to offer a platform and a playground for gaining and sharing knowledge, skills and good practices around the world, in the fields of sustainable and smart tourism as well as smart cities.

The 2016 SSTF is supported by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. During this two-day journey focused on creativity and diversity, participants will be offered many opportunities to explore new perspectives in tourism innovation and marketing, while expanding their networks.

What: Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum 2016

When: 5-8 October 2016

Where: Seoul Partners House, Suwon, Korea


One of the key speakers at the event is GSTC CEO, Randy Durband, as well as Catherine Germier-Hamel, member of the GSTC Election Committee and CEO of Millennium Destinations, which hosts the event.

2016 SSTF offers 50% discount to GSTC Members and participants of the 2016 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference in Suwon, South Korea (Oct.5 to 8, 2016).

For more information, visit 2016 SSTF website.


Climate Change Seminar by MSc Environmental Management Alumni

The MSc Environmental Management alumni from the National University of Singapore is organising its annual public seminar on 7 May 2016. This year, in light of climate change related issues and corresponding changes to international policy and local governance, the seminar is themed: 'Climate Change Negotiation Landscape - The Road from Paris and Beyond'. A highly relevant seminar for all!

The speakers and their topics:

Mr Sandeep Chamling Rai, Senior Advisor on Global Adaptation Policy for WWF International - "International Climate Change Negotiations: COP21 Outcomes and the Way Forward"

Ms Nor Lastrina Hamid, Co-Founder of Singapore Youth for Climate Action - "Paris Agreement: What it means for Singapore and Asia"

Mr Jose Raymond, Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Singapore), Asia Pulp and Paper - "Landscape Management in Indonesia – Why the Future has to be Now?"

All are invited to attend this seminar, ask questions during the panel discussion and to make new friends over lunch thereafter, at no cost.

Venue of the climate change seminar: Shaw Foundation Alumni HouseEvent Details

Date:       Saturday, 7 May 2016

Time:      0900 - 1230 hrs

Venue:   Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore , 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244 

Entrance Fee: Your smile!

Come and hear of the current issues, stumbling blocks, various organisational commitment and policy directions towards climate change mitigation and adaptation. Register here for the seminar. 

There will also be a book exchange at the event, swapping nature and environmental materials. It is a great time to give away your old books, mags, CDs and DVDs.



1. "International Climate Change Negotiations: COP21 Outcomes and the Way Forward" 

Climate change is an unprecedented challenge facing humanity today, both politically and technically. The primary international legal response to climate change is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),which started in 1992. For more than two decades, climate scientists and politicians have worked toward achieving agreements on the best way to address climate change. At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to UNFCCC in Dec 2015, more than 196 countries adopted the landmark Paris Agreement. This agreement is the result of 9 years of intense negotiations. This presentation will focus on the path of achieving the Paris Agreement, unpacking the agreement and what the way forward is for its implementation. This seminar should be attended by anyone interested in the climate change negotiation landscape leading up to COP21 and what the new agreement means for climate actions. 

Speaker:  Mr Sandeep Chamling Rai is a Senior Advisor on Global Adaptation Policy for WWF International based in Singapore. He leads WWF’s effort on adaptation policy work within the UN Climate Change negotiations process, SDG, IPCC and other international processes. Sandeep is a graduate from the NUS MSc Enviornmental Management programme.  



2. "Paris Agreement: What it means for Singapore and Asia" 

Singapore announced in February 2016 that it would sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 22 April 2016 at a high-level signature ceremony convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York. This presentation will examine how Singapore intends to achieve its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution of reducing its emissions intensity by 36% by 2030, as well as how business and civil society sectors can get more involved in this effort. The presentation will further examine if the Paris Agreement and Singapore's effort in tackling climate change will be eroded given that Asia as a region is still largely dependent on fossil fuels. 

Speaker: An environmentalist, Ms Nor Lastrina Hamid has attended COP20 in Lima, Peru and COP21 in Paris, France. She co- founded Singapore Youth for Climate Action, a platform for young Singapore residents to join hands in action in response to climate change, as well as #LepakInSG, a one-stop calendar listing environmental events and activities in Singapore. 



3. "Landscape Management in Indonesia – Why the Future has to be Now?" 

Between about June and October 2015, more than 100,000 fires burned down millions of hectares of fragile forest lands in Indonesia. There were human and animal fatalities, and the economic damage was estimated to be more than US$15bn. For more than 20 years these fires have been an annual occurrence, as farmers and agricultural companies clear Indonesia's forests and carbon-rich peatlands to make way for pulpwood, palm oil and rubber plantations, or for smaller scale subsistence farming. Can a landscape management approach to land governance in Indonesia bring about an end to the issue of haze? 

Speaker: Mr Jose Raymond is Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Singapore) at Asia Pulp & Paper. He was formerly the CEO of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) from 2011 to 2015. He was also the Press Secretary to the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources 





About the organiser:

The alumni of MSc (Environmental Management) program (also known as the MEM program) is a vibrant group of professionals who get together to organise a number of activities each year on a voluntary basis. The activities include public educational seminars on social and environmental topics, musical events and overseas trips. The MEM, a multi-displinary post-graduate program, was inaugurated in 2001 by the School of Design and Environment faculty of the National University of Singapore. After more than a decade, this program continues to attract high calibre students from around the world. For more information on MEM, visit the website at For inquiries or partnerships with MEM alumni, contact the president Albert Sin.


Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 Event Listing

The 18th edition of Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) takes place on the weekend of 7th to 9th of August 2015 (Friday to Sunday) at Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai, an hour’s drive or so from the heart of Sarawak, Kuching.

Event: Rainforest World Music Festival 2015

Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Damai, Sarawak, West Malaysia

Dates: 7-9 August 2015


About the Festival

Program highlights with daytime Workshops as well as daily performances can be found here. You can buy a one day ticket or a season pass for one or for the family. Check out these travel packages too!

Three sessions of simultaneous workshops will be held daily from 2-5 pm at three different venues within the Sarawak Cultural Village. It is best to read up the program well beforehand to decide what workshops to choose, and to get there early to secure a seat - yes it does get crowded! However, it is also possible to do a "workshop crawl" - drift from one workshop to another while the session is still on. No, it's not considered rude to leave one to go to another, as long as you don't block the cameras pointed at the stage. Read Gaia Discovery preview of this festival.

Getting There

If you book up early, you can stay close to the festival area, at Damai Beach Resort, Damai Puri Resort & Spa, and Permai Rainforest Resort (10 mins walk). For less pricey options, city hotels are a good idea. There will be shuttle buses to take you to the festival grounds. This link tells you the pick up points and time to Rainforest World Music Festival 2015. Don't be late for the shuttle that is essentially a 45-minute busride! Otherwise hail a cab, and be prepared to pay big bucks.



Modern jet aircraft connect Sarawak with the outside world and connect the main centres within the State while smaller turbo-prop planes make once remote settlements easily accessible for the visitor. Kuching International Airport has direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bandar Seri Begawan and to Hong Kong via Kota Kinabalu.

There are also direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Miri and Sibu, from Johor Bahru to Kuching, and from Kota Kinabalu and Labuan to Kuching and Bintulu.


Bus, Indonesia - There are two daily bus services between Kuching and Pontianak. Journey time is roughly 10 hours.

Bus, Brunei - There are five daily bus services between Miri and Kuala Belait (2 hours), with onward connections to Bandar Sri Begawan, plus a direct mini-bus service between Miri and Bandar Sri Begawan(4 hours) twice daily.

Self Drive - Visitors may enter Sarawak from Brunei or Indonesia using their own vehicles or rental vehicles, provided they have valid international insurance cover. An international driver's licence is advisable.

Cycling - Bring your own, as there is no bike for hire at the premises.

Camping at the festival grounds - Not allowed, sadly. At least there's beer and wine sold.


Nurturing Nature Seminar 2015

NUS MEM Alumni explore how to Nurture Singapore's Nature

To help celebrate this year's SG50 golden jubilee, the Alumni Association of NUS's Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) course together with the Nature Society Singapore is staging a free program of seminars and walks.

The program titled "Nurturing Nature with Community Involvement" aims to highlight how Singapore has fostered and developed conservation across its communities.

The seminar will be held at the NUS Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, S119244 on 16 May at 9 am (registration begins at 8.30 am).

Three field walks will be held at various locations from Saturday 23 May, on a weekly basis.

For more details or to register, go to :