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A haze-free 2017 is not guaranteed
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A haze-free 2017 is not guaranteedThe fight against the transboundary haze pollution will require the inclusive cooperation of all stakeholders across the value chain Singapore, 6 April 2017 – Governments, civil society and buyers have a role to play in realising a sustainable agroforestry sector, and...

4th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources
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The resource sector in ASEAN – the source of many raw materials for global supply chains – faces rising pressure to balance environmental and social concerns alongside economic needs. Governments are stepping up law enforcement to combat long-standing problems such as slash-and-burn practices. Various large...

Commentary: Why sustainability is key to keeping the haze away
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By Simon Tay and Chen Chen Lee The skies over Singapore in the past 12 months have mostly been free of haze pollution. This is a relief from the prolonged bouts of haze and extensive fires in 2015, and the record-high 400PSI that hit Singapore in...

Will Populism Trump in the Upcoming Elections in Europe?
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This year will see major elections in the European Union’s largest member states, France and Germany. In the United States, US President Donald Trump has established a precedent of a populist outsider getting in to power. In this context, is the election of Ms Marine...

Moving to Green Finance Means Turning Risk into Opportunity
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In recent years, the global movement towards green finance – finance that takes into consideration the impacts of business and capital flows on the environment – has been gathering pace. According to UN Environment estimates, over 200 policy measures to “green” the financial system have...

Commentary: The evolution of NS and its relevance to Singapore
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By Nicholas Fang Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day National Service (NS) was introduced in post-independence Singapore. On March 14, 1967, Parliament passed the National Service (Amendment) Bill after then-Defence Minister Goh Keng Swee moved it for a second reading. It marked the beginning of...

Technology and the Future of Jobs
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Event Summary How can workers keep pace with a rapidly-changing job market? As part of our Global Citizens Singapore (GCS) programme, and in the context of Singapore’s Budget 2017 and the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) report, we organised a discussion on “Technology and the...

Commentary: What a greener budget means for business, society
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BY LAU XIN YI Singapore’s Budget 2017 will be remembered for its strong emphasis on the environment. The recent announcement of measures such as the proposed carbon tax and the diesel duty has caused concern among businesses and the public about higher costs. Yet, these steps are...