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Sustainability: Banks, supermarkets, consumers should play their part
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Financial institutions, retail chains and consumers should play a part in encouraging sustainable corporate practices, the SIIA chairman Simon Tay told Channel NewsAsia on Talking Point. “At the macro level, we can see that the traders and producers are starting to care (about sustainable practices). The...

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Dialogue on media freedom, OB markers
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MEDIA freedom and out-of-bound markers were issues raised last night at a dialogue on Singapore's future as the country turns 50 next year. The dialogue, organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and attended by about 20 of its members, was on the sort...

Climate Summit 2014: What to Expect

Q: Let's start talking about how likely it is that any kind of global consensus on climate change can actually be reached at this time?  Wilson: Hi, good morning. Yes, thank you for the question. I think what is important to take note is that at...

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What’s next for Indonesia after ratification?
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Will Indonesia’s ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze help our fight against the long-standing public health and environmental crisis? The SIIA deputy director Chua Chin Wei tackled the question in this interview with Lianhe Zaobao. Q: What will the next steps be for Indonesia following...

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Legal enforcement still crucial after haze pact ratified
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SINGAPORE: Legal experts in Singapore say Indonesia's ratification of the haze pact is a step forward for both Indonesia and ASEAN, but it is the implementation on the ground that will determine if the agreement has teeth. Indonesia's Parliament on Tuesday (16 Sep) voted to ratify...

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Indonesia finally ratifies 2002 haze pact
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SINGAPORE — Twelve years after signing the regional haze pact, Indonesia’s Parliament gave its unanimous approval yesterday to ratify the pact, offering a glimmer of hope that more would be done to ensure fewer haze episodes for Singapore and other neighbouring countries. In doing so, Indonesia...

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Getting too close to China isn’t smart, says Tay
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COUNTRIES IN Asean, including Thailand, should not seek to choose between the majors powers or to be neutral, but should be close to both the United States and China, a Singaporean academic said yesterday. "I don't think it's in Thailand's interests to be too close to...

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International panel submits report on transboundary haze
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An international panel set up by the Singapore government in March to study transboundary pollution issues, including the haze, has submitted its report. The panel was co-chaired by Professor S Jayakumar, former Singapore deputy prime minister, and Professor Tommy Koh,  Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large. It also consulted law...

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SIIA quoted in the Straits Times on Singapore’s new haze law
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Singapore’s new haze law will give a strong impetus to the sharing of concession maps by agroforestry firms, as the onus is now on them to prove their innocence in the event that they are accused of causing transboundary haze. Furthermore, companies that refuse to volunteer...