Disruptive Asia (Volume Four)
2020 Sustainability Edition
Sustainability of the Asian Century – At a Major Crossroads
As Australia, Asia and the world is fighting the worst pandemic in over 100 years, we can’t afford to lose sight of the Sustainable Development Goals. COVID-19 has demonstrated that social and economic development is unsustainable if it increases vulnerability to the kind of humanitarian and financial crisis we are currently going through.
This year, at the dawn of a new decade and with only 10 years to deliver the 2030 Agenda, we must ask: is Asia’s rise environmentally, economically and socially sustainable?
We are privileged to announce Disruptive Asia Volume 4 - Sustainability of the Asian Century.
The recent social and economic gains from Asia’s growth are unprecedented. It is one of the great success story of the 21st century, and increasingly the world will look to Asia for global leadership, inspiration and innovation.
But as Asia’s rise accelerates and the deadline to meet the SDGs is edging closer, we need to better understand its impact on our society, our environment and our economy. Is Asia’s growth on a sustainable path? How is Australia positioned to both inform and respond to a sustainable growth trajectory in the region? And how will sustainability fare as the region seeks to recover from COVID-19?
We will bring you some of the best minds from Australia and the region to answer these and other key questions. We will focus on critical sectors and areas of our relationship with Asia where sustainability is driving disruption and change.
Edited by Greg Earl, it aims to provide contextual, practical and implementable ideas and policy options that inform and enrich the public debate. This year we also present regular interactive public webinars, where authors and experts will dissect the issues that matter.
We are also proud to announce that this year Disruptive Asia is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.
We hope you will find Volume 4 engaging and relevant.
Asia Society Australia
About Disruptive Asia
Disruptive Asia is a thought-leadership project by Asia Society Australia launched in 2017. It presents – through long-form essays – new perspectives and policy recommendations on how Asia’s rise is impacting Australia’s foreign policy, economy and society and how Australia should respond. Disruptive Asia deliberately looks at both external aspects of Australia’s relationship with Asia (foreign policy, business connectivity, international education) and their domestic implications and manifestations (community relations, leadership diversity, education settings and capabilities).
The Asia debate has long ceased to be an exclusive intellectual domain of foreign policy and business elite. Asia’s ascendancy and the resulting geopolitical, geoeconomic, demographic and social shifts affect virtually all facets of Australian life. Disruptive Asia is a humble attempt to re-start the conversation about the impact of Asia on Australia and our place in the region, and broaden, deepen and bring together the community of those who debate these issues.
Read Disruptive Asia (Volume One) 2017 Edition here >>
Read Disruptive Asia (Volume Two) 2018 ASEAN Special Edition here >>
Read Disruptive Asia (Volume Three) 2019 China Special Edition here >>