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Date: March 27-28, 2019
As the leader of connection center for sustainable development in ASEAN, C asean arranged for “C asean Sustainable Development Forum & Transforming Asia Pacific: Innovative Solutions, Circular Economy and Low Carbon Consumption” seminar on September 17-19, 2018 at C asean. The objective of the seminar was to exchange sustainable development methods and build Low Carbon society in ASEAN, and create eco-efficency consumption behavior as well. The seminar was hosted by SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy funded by the European Union (UN Environment), Foundation for Institute of Social Enterprise Development (FINSEDT), and C asean as an international event with the leaders from public and private sectors. Mr. Thapana Sirivattanapakdee, Chairman of C asean, and Ms. Dechen Tsering, Asia-Pacific Director of UN Environment, gave the opening remarks and joined “Less is More” sharing session along with Mr. Meechai Weerawaitaya, Chairman of Meechai Weeravaitaya Foundation (Social Enterprise Model), Ms. Tongjai Thanachanan, and Mr. Sandro Caivani, Strategic Planning Advisor of Mae Fah Luang Foundation.

C asean Sustainable Development Forum welcomed representatives from public and private sectors, scholars, Independent organizations, Investors, Start-Ups and new generations. It provided opportunities for leaders in taking information and sharing their experiences to create sustainable development knowledge. Participants has embraced Sufficiency Economy Philosophy as the main guideline and studied Circular Economy and ways to change consumers behavior, leading to Low Carbon footprint way-of-living, to decrease the impact on Climate Change. This included public sector’s procurement methods which accounted for 30% of resource using in any country.

Seminar topics covered many subjects, such as “Show Me the Money” policy which the policy makers and executives shared their opinions and information about capital to support the investment of Low carbon Society, “Sectorial Healing” which provided information and lesson-learned from many projects in building Low Carbon Society, and “What the Tech” which forecasted the latest technology in Asia Pacific in the next 5 years that can be used to create Low Carbon Society. Also, the winners from UN Environment Startups and Win-Win WAR Thailand competitions had the chance to present their business plans to over 100 representatives of UNEP and other organizations as well.