January 2015

  • From caravan to the summit, GMS youth make their voice heard

    By Anna Oposa on Thursday, 29 January 2015

    Thirty-six youth leaders from the Greater Mekong subregion (GMS) embarked on an opportunity of a lifetime when they were selected to be part of the GMS Youth Caravan, an eight-day trip around the GMS countries that culminated in the 2nd GMS Youth Forum (YF2) and GMS Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on 19-20 December 2014.

  • The meek shall not inherit the earth - gender equality and access to land

    By Imrana Jalal on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

    Land is power – immutable and unyielding. It provides succor and sustenance. Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming gender gap in land ownership, reinforcing the gender discrimination women face in other spheres.

  • Migration can mitigate negative impacts of climate change on children

    By Bart Édes on Thursday, 22 January 2015

    Children are generally more at risk than adults when environmental threats gradually grow, or when natural disaster suddenly strikes.

  • Five bond market trends to watch out for in 2015

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Monday, 19 January 2015

    As 2015 gathers pace, the world seems to be entering a more uncertain and unpredictable phase. With the end of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, we are entering an era of tighter global liquidity.

  • Why Asia and Pacific needs youth policies

    By Anna Oposa on Monday, 12 January 2015

    Based on Plan International’s 2012 World Atlas of Youth Policies, fewer than half of the countries in Asia and the Pacific have youth-specific policies. Other countries have integrated youth in their constitutions or sector-specific policies, such as on education, health, and drug prevention. Do we really need to prioritize and direct limited resources to a certain demographic defined only by age?

  • Welcoming an important step forward at UN climate talks in Lima

    By Xuedu Lu on Thursday, 08 January 2015

    There is still long way to go to reach a final agreement for effective climate change action in 2015, but the COP20 in Lima was an important step forward. 

  • ASEAN Economic Community 2015: What’s next?

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Tuesday, 06 January 2015

    Despite much progress so far, it seems likely that the December 2015 deadline for realizing all four pillars of the AEC will be missed. Rather than playing a blame game as to why the deadline will be missed, here's what should be done during Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015.