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Spotlight on Climate Solutions: Climate Change, Refugees, and the Drift to the Right

SAN FRANCISCO, September 11, 2018 —  Media, development, and policy experts discuss the role that climate change plays in fueling conflicts and mass migration and how this affects the political landscape of the countries in which these migrants seek shelter. Speakers included Tom Friedman, author and New York Times columnist; Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia and president of Asia Society Policy Institute; Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank; and Heidi Cullen, director of communications and strategic initiatives at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The conversation was moderated by American broadcast journalist Ray Suarez and was co-presented by the World Affairs Council. The program was part of COAL + ICE in San Francisco, a three-week climate-related festival of dance, spoken word, food, family activities, films, educational programming, and creative dialogue that invites diverse audiences to participate in a conversation about climate change. (1 hr., 3 min.)


Education
Chinese language teacher Chunman Xie demonstrates how to identify food items, select healthy food, and express opinions in Chinese.
Policy
 /  New York
Wendy Cutler hosts a discussion with consuls general from Asian and Latin American countries about free trade in the Pacific Rim.
Arts
 /  New York
The director of 'Girls Always Happy' takes questions from the audience and discusses the film with Asia Society's Kelly Ma. Part of the Creative China Festival.
Arts
 /  New York
The director of 'Have a Nice Day' takes questions from the audience and discusses the film with Asia Society's Kelly Ma. Part of the Creative China Festival.
Arts
 /  New York
The director of 'Ash' takes questions from the audience and discusses the film with Asia Society's Kelly Ma. Part of the Creative China Festival.
Business
 /  Switzerland
Melissa Guzy gives insights into the Fintech market in Asia.
Arts
 /  New York
A panel discussion on the role arts and culture play in the United Nations' goals for sustainable development.
Arts
 /  Australia
Craig Connelly, Misha Agzarian, Charles Rockefeller, Christine Davies, and Tara Kenny discuss how giving has evolved since the establishment of institutions like MoMa and Asia Society.
Policy
 /  New York
Information presented by Bruce Stokes of the Pew Global Research Center shows that global public opinion still prefers Washington to Beijing — but not by as much as before.
Current Affairs
 /  Switzerland
Experts discuss the critically important region in a conversation held in Zurich.
Policy
 /  New York
Bruce Stokes, director of global economic attitudes for Pew, discusses how public opinion in Asia toward the United States has evolved.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
The real estate developer was honored for championing the environment, from the cities of China to the farthest reaches of the planet.