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October 2015

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31 Oct Asean and the constant gardener

Some weeks ago, the social media and the South-east Asian academic circle were abuzz in response to a speech by Singaporean diplomat Bilahari Kausikan, who likened Asean to a cow. He chided critics of Asean for not recognising Asean as it is, a cow, and wishing...

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30 Oct Putting the brakes on haze financing

In all the finger-pointing over the transboundary haze, some banks in Singapore have come under the spotlight for allegedly financing the culprits behind Indonesia’s forest fires. Now the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) has a new set of guidelines for banks to incorporate responsible financing...

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20 Oct Getting firms to take responsibility for the haze

It remains essential to work with the Indonesian government to address the haze. However, while intergovernmental cooperation remains key, there is every reason to expect corporations to do their part to stop the fires and haze or risk being taken to task. The first steps towards...

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19 Oct Media Coverage – Haze: Know it. Stop it.

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) held our Haze: Know it. Stop it. Exhibition on Oct 16-18 at nex @ Serangoon Central, with presentations from the SIIA, PM.Haze, Singapore Environment Council, Relief.sg, and Haze Elimination Action Team (HEAT) on their respective anti-haze efforts.   Efforts to...

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09 Oct Seeing Indonesia through the haze

There are reasons to be frustrated and angry about the haze pollution, caused by fires in Indonesian provinces. There are also reasons to question whether real action will be taken and can be effective. The problem is driven not by natural causes, but by man-made deforestation...

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06 Oct Bank body to issue guidelines on responsible financing

SIIA Assistant Director Cheong Poh Kwan was quoted by TODAY in a report on the move by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) to release guidelines on responsible financing. The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) had told TODAY that it has reached out to...

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01 Oct Turn the Little Red Dot green

By Audrey Tan The joint campaign on "We Breathe What We Buy" or #XTheHaze by WWF Singapore, PM.Haze and supported by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs was featured in the Straits Times on 1 Oct 2015. An excerpt from the article is below. Activists say the...

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01 Oct US ambassador: Seeing positive progress in ASEAN

CNBC interviewed US Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian on the sidelines of the 8th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), organised by the SIIA on 1 Oct 2015. The video is available on cnbc.com TRANSCRIPT Amb. Hachigian: I've seen actually some very positive progress on those sorts of issues...

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01 Oct CABA: SEA businesses hope TPP, RCEP can co-exist

CNBC interviewed SIIA fellow Pushpanathan Sundram on the sidelines of the 8th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), organised by the SIIA on 1 Oct 2015. Mr. Sundram is Executive Chairman of the China-ASEAN Business Association and a former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN. The video is...

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