The Southeast Asia Hub (SEA Hub) aims to provide a platform for non-state actors in the Southeast Asia region, to amplify their voices and their activities more visible in the global stocktake process. Non-state actors, including civil society groups, businesses, local governments, academia, and NGOs, play an essential role in the implementation of the global stocktake by filling information gaps, providing independent scientific and technical knowledge. This initiative overall contributes to the “global” representation of information to be assessed in the GST and helps to generate momentum for enhancing climate action.
The Hub will also focus on ensuring the stocktake is reflected in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions post-2023. The iGST SEA Hub is a joint effort led by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) in the Philippines and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan.
Development of the Regional Hub
The regional initiative first began interactions with potential member organizations from Southeast Asian countries during its inception and deep dive sessions in 2022. Participating non-state actors were composed of universities, research institutes, and NGOs from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam. These organizations are engaged in various mitigation, adaptation, and means of implementation work focuses, including energy transition, forestry and land use, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, and ecosystem-based adaptation.
Building on the continued progress and the first GST, the SEA Hub will be officially launched in Manila, Philippines in May 2023 with aims to increase climate ambitions and robust implementation in the region by providing robust perspectives, localize and translate outputs of the GST to national contexts, and sharing of good practices and learned lesson on its key priorities.
- Enhancing Non-State Actors’ (NSAs) Engagement in the Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement: Establishment of a Regional Hub in Southeast Asia
Summary report on the initial interactions with potential member organisations of the Hub from March to September 2022
- Key priorities of non-state actors (NSAs) in Southeast Asia for the Global Stocktake (GST)
Submission of ICSC and IGES to the UNFCCC: Inputs to the third technical dialogue of the first GST in response to call for inputs on 18 January 2023
- Summary Report on the Independent Global Stocktake (iGST) Southeast Asia Hub Launch and Kick-off Workshop
This report outlines the events and results of the launch of the Hub where representatives from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, and Lao PDR gathered to discuss key activities and develop a flexible common framework for translating the outcomes of the GST in the context of Southeast Asia, and for informing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) updates through the GST processes.