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"Friendship Beyond Frontier" Concert 2023 by C asean Consonant in Hanoi

15 October 2023, the C asean Consonant Band and Vietnam National Academy of Music co-organized the C asean Consonant concert's "Friendship Beyond Frontier” with a press conference activity and discussion on ASEAN folk musical instruments in Hanoi, Vietnam.  More than 860 people participated in the activity, the event was broadcast through television, newspapers, and online media within Vietnam.   C asean Consonant is a traditional music ensemble of ASEAN that utilizes the universal language of humanity, which is music, as a means to weave together the diverse cultural heritages of the ASEAN member nations. Through this, it aims to foster stronger friendships and cooperation among the countries. This project has become a platform for the younger generation to share, learn, develop, and preserve the traditional music of ASEAN. With twelve different performances, the event served as a link between the many folk music traditions and the attendees. The C asean Consonant’s "Friendship Beyond Frontier" concert gave the audience a profound musical experience and contributed to the development and unity of the ASEAN region.

"The Power of One: Taking Action to reduce GHG Emissions" is back!

10 Countries That Changed Their Names

Numerous nations have changed their names for a variety of reasons, from political or cultural to historical forgetting. Let us examine ten nations that have formally changed their names in the past. Burma > Myanmar changed in 1989 Reason for changing: The change was made to remove the traces of colonization post-independence. Ceylon > Sri Lanka changed in 1972 Reason for changing: The change was driven by the aim to erase colonial traces from the nation. Czech Republic > Czechia changed in 2016 Reason for changing: The change was made to make it easier for companies and sports teams to utilize its name on products and gear.  Democratic Kampuchea > Cambodia changed in 1976 Reason for changing: The change was made because the changing leader and political allegiance. Holland > Netherlands changed in 2020 Reason for changing: The change was made to draw attention to other regions of the country and promote tourism beyond the popular provinces of North Holland and South Holland. Persia > Iran changed in 1935 Reason for changing: The change was made to erase the Western influences the term "Iran" was chosen for its connection to the Aryan race, representing all ethnicities within the nation. Rhodesia > Zimbabwe changed in 1980 Reason for changing:The term "Rhodesia" - derived from the surname of Cecil Rhodes, the primary instigator of British colonization of the territory - was perceived by African nationalists as inappropriate because of its colonial origin and connotations. Turkey > Turkiye changed in 2022 Reason for changing: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Türkiye best represents and expresses the culture, civilization, and values of the Turkish nation. Siam > Thailand changed in 1948 Reason for changing: Thailand was chosen to represent the nation as a more contemporary and independent nation. The name “Thailand” means “Land for the Thais” which gave a new sense of belonging to the citizens. Swaziland > Kingdom of eSwatini changed in 2018 Reason for changing:King Mswatti III officially changed the name to celebrate its freedom from Britain. The name eSwatini was chosen to create a firmer sense of belonging in the heart of its citizens.

2 February: World Wetlands Day

Every February 2 is “World Wetlands Day”, held to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention, to prevent and restrain the loss of wetlands around the world. Wetlands are marshes, lowlands, wet areas, peat, water sources, both naturally occurring and man-made. It can be permanent or temporary waterlogging or flooding, sources of still water and flowing, fresh water, brackish water and brine, including coastal areas and places in the sea with not over 6 meters depth when the water level drops to the lowest. The importance of wetlands: Wetland are sources of fresh water and brine; help sustain nature and humanity including supporting economic and social development by providing a variety of services: 1. It is a source for storing and producing clean water Wetlands are the largest source of the world's fresh water. Wetlands naturally filter out pollutants and provide drinkable clean water. 2. It is a source of food production Agriculture is the fastest growing food production sector including freshwater fisheries, which can produce up to 12 million tons of fish in 2018. Each year, rice fields can feed 3.5 billion people worldwide. 3. Support the world economy Wetlands are the most valuable ecosystem providing services worth 1,400 trillion baht per year. More than 1 billion people depend on wetlands for income 4. It is a place of residence 40 percent of the world's species live and breed in wetlands each year, around 200 new fish species discovered in freshwater wetlands. Coral reefs are home to 25 percent of species. 5. Provide safety Wetlands act as protection against floods and rainstorms. Each 1,600 sq.m of land can absorb up to 2.5 million liters of flood water. Wetlands is also help regulate the climate. Peat forests can store twice as much carbon as the world's forests. Salt marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass beds also help sequester enormous amounts of carbon. Thailand became a party to the Wetlands Convention No. 110 on May 13, 1998, by proposing the "Khuan Khi Sian Swamp" in the Talay Noi non-hunting area, Phatthalung province. It has been registered as Thailand's first wetland of international importance and number 948 in the world order.

5 December: World Soil Day

In 2014, the United Nations designated King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand's birthday on December 5th as the annual World Soil Day, and the year 2015 as the International Year of Soils. World Soil Day is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. Each year the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) encourages youth and adults around the world to participate in a challenge to care for the soil.   on this day, the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award (WSDA) is given to the individual or organization that has come up with the best soil day activity or campaign. The Glinka World Soil Prize is another award given out each year. This one goes to an individual who is dedicated to solving the world’s soil degradation problem. How to Participate in World Soil Day 2023? Taking part in World Soil Day offers a chance to educate oneself on the significance of sustainable practices and soil protection. Here are some methods to participate: Find out how protecting the soil may affect biodiversity, climate change, and food security. Tell others about this information. Organize conferences, seminars, or workshops that highlight sustainable farming methods and soil health. Take part in neighborhood tree-planting or soil restoration initiatives to enhance soil quality and reduce erosion. Encourage laws and methods that preserve natural ecosystems, lessen soil erosion, and advance sustainable farming. Employ soil-healthy organic farming techniques like mulching and composting. Distribute information about World Soil Day and its significance using social media and other channels. Motivate other people to act.

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AMD 2023: Closing Program

ASEAN Management Development (AMD) is a talent development program organized jointly between C asean and ThaiBev Group. The program is preparing executives in the ThaiBev group to be able to grow at the ASEAN level by developing and opening the business perspectives of the ThaiBev Group. The AMD Batch 3 was held on March 20–24, 2023, in Bangkok, with a field trip to Ayutthaya on March 25, 2023, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on March 27–30, 2023, in collaboration with Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation (SABECO). The program was attended by 29 members of ThaiBev Group’s international talent pool who are ready to perform and have the potential to take regional roles with mobility to work across the region. The expected outcome is an innovative business project on "ThaiBev Group's Real-World Issue" that will become the main strategy in driving ThaiBev Group to be a stable and sustainable ASEAN leader. After the insightful training course, first-round presentations, and final-round presentations to Chiefs, Project Sponsors, and Project Coaches, the winner is the "Vanguard" team, which proposed the Synergy between ThaiBev and SABECO. The team members are from ThaiBev, Oishi, F&N, SEBECO, and Times Publishing Group. #ThaibevAMD #AMD #ASEANManagementDevelopment #Casean #ThaiBev

ASEAN Countries are Promoting Green Jobs as the region is driving towards a just transition to Inclusive and Sustainable Economies.

By 2030, Southeast Asian economies could provide up to $1 trillion in annual economic opportunities.  In line with this unprecedented growth, ASEAN governments have announced national targets to achieve net-zero emission and gear up policies towards  green  economy.  Brunei Darussalam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam are committed to achieving net zero by 2050, while Cambodia has targeted a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.  Indonesia, ASEAN’s largest economy, has targeted net-zero emissions by 2060.  Myanmar is set to achieve net zero emissions from land use, land use change and forestry by 2040.  Thailand aims for carbon neutrality by 2050 and net zero by 2065.  However, the Philippines does not have a defined net zero target but has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 75% by 2030.     With this ambitious effort, this fast-growing emerging green economy is projected to generate upwards of 30 million green jobs in the region.     The 5 key sectors, both in traditional and emerging green sectors, which have high employment potentials are:   1.Waste Management   The ASEAN market generated 243 million tons of waste in 2016 alone.  Several Southeast Asian countries have developed national strategies for circular economies and, in 2021, ASEAN adopted the Framework for Circular Economy for the ASEAN Economic Community to accelerate the journey to a low-carbon economy.  Circular economy promotes responsible consumption and production practices, and aims to maximize the value of products throughout their lifecycles and prevent wastage as much as possible.  The growth in circular economy opportunities is expected to create 6.6 million jobs by 2030.     2.Electric Mobility   Transportation is the second-largest energy-consuming sector in the ASEAN market and vehicle electrification has become one of emerging opportunities in many countries. The growth rate of electronic vehicles in six countries in ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, hits 16%-39% between 2021 and 2035 and expect US$80b-US$100b from sales volume of 8.5 million units by 2035.  By 2030, this sector is projected to produce US$50 billion in annual revenue.     3.Sustainable Farming   Agriculture is a key sector for the ASEAN economy and a major source of employment.  The economic value from greener fertilizer practices, agricultural innovation and modernized greenhouse and farmer services can produce US$30 billion in annual revenue by 2030.  4.Built Environment   Buildings account for 23 percent of energy use and 24 percent of carbon emissions and greening of this sector has high carbon-abatement potential.  The opportunities have attracted the corporate investors and infrastructure funds.  The sector represents a US$40 billion annual revenue opportunity by 2030.     5.Solar   Southeast Asia has experienced rapid growth in solar capacity and it will account for more than half of all renewable energy jobs across Southeast Asia by 2025.  The sector represents a US$20 billion annual revenue opportunity by 2030.      Despite the 5 key sectors in the green industries, the job opportunities are not limited to people from particular background and experiences.  The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines green jobs as decent jobs that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment.  It, in fact, requires multiple skills and offers opportunities from people from diverse background and with different skillsets.  Further than the market-driven employment opportunities, ASEAN Member States, governments, policymakers, business leaders, investors, as well as NGO representatives, should collaborate to agree on common and workable definition of green jobs, analyze labor markets to highlight where green jobs potentials are, and identify skills needed for workforce development programs.  It is also crucial to connect job vacancies with potential employees, ensure equitable hiring practices, and make these opportunities accessible to underserved individuals and communities, for ASEAN to achieve a just transition to a green, inclusive and sustainable community that leaves no one behind.     References:

ASEAN Management Development Program (AMD) 2023

ASEAN Situation Report

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