Ambassador Carden Opens the Climate Leadership Academy

Andrew Sisson, USAID/Jakarta Mission Director, US Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden, CityLinks Program Director Joseph Lombardo and Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN
Andrew Sisson, USAID/Jakarta Mission Director, US Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden, CityLinks Program Director Joseph Lombardo and Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN

Today, Ambassador Carden delivered opening remarks at the ASEAN-U.S. CityLinks Climate Leadership Academy (CLA). His speech was enthusiastically received, helping set the stage for the unique training and peer-learning opportunity to inform climate adaptation and urban resilience efforts in ASEAN.  The Ambassador discussed lessons learned from city planning efforts in the U.S. and Southeast Asia and encouraged city team participants to take a systems-based, integrated approach to planning and implementation as they undertake efforts to adapt to climate change and build resilience for their communities.

Ambassador Carden noted that “while we consider the social, political, environmental and financial aspects of planning for resilience and climate adaptation, let’s not forget that they must all be addressed together in an integrated way that considers the long-term consequences and tradeoffs on the environment, society, and the economy. Participating city teams have a challenging task ahead, and we hope to maximize their opportunity to share best practices and learn new technical and decision-support tools to inspire and inform their work.”

The CLA is the first activity to be implemented in the CityLinks Pilot Partnership between the United States and ASEAN Member States.  The Academy theme is “From Risk Barriers to Results: Managing the Social, Political, Environmental and Financial Risks of Urban Infrastructure.”  Eight city teams from seven ASEAN Member States are here to share systematic approaches to climate adaptation and to discuss sustainable solutions to climate adaptation and urban resilience challenges.  Through interactive panel discussions and small-group working sessions, participants will be focused on improving, expanding, and accelerating city efforts to better assess, prioritize, and manage the local risks of climate change.

The CityLinks Pilot Partnership between the United States and ASEAN Member States is a program funded by USAID and implemented by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC).