2020: Tough Year for Climate Change, Amid the Need for Climate Resiliency

Wednesday, 22 Apr 2020




Muhammad Rizki Kresnawan, Zulfikar Yurnaidi, and Beni Suryadi

Key Points

Under the radar due to COVID-19 fanfare, the news about Indonesia’s disappearing islands, Singapore’s hottest year on record, and Myanmar’s climate migrations opened the first-quarter of 2020. COVID-19 might be the most pressing issue of 2020, but climate change has become a common threat to humanity for decades. Both would leave far-reaching consequences if left unattended. As the impact of climate change on social security in the ASEAN region—a highly vulnerable region in the world—becomes increasingly apparent, building a climate-resilient region must be pursued swiftly. Through our climate insights, we serve the readers a story of what happened in ASEAN energy-climate issues in the first quarter of 2020.

This policy brief is supported by the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT), funded by the Norwegian Government under the Norwegian-ASEAN Regional Integration Programme (NARIP) and is jointly implemented by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). The project includes the active involvement of key ASEAN stakeholders and helps enhance modelling, analytical and regional policy planning capacities within ASEAN.

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