DPM Teo Chee Hean launches public consultations as part of the development of National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) [Press Releases]
Singapore, 7 September 2011 – The Government is embarking on a series of public consultations from September 2011 to seek feedback and views on climate change related issues. The launch of the public consultations of the National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) was officiated by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs.
The e-consultation portal, which was launched by DPM Teo today, is the first of such consultations by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) and the agencies under the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC). Over the next few months, focus groups and community forums will also be held to reach out to different segments of the public.
The results from these consultations will contribute towards the development of the National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) publication planned for release in the middle of 2012. NCCS-2012 will build on past efforts on climate change and environmental sustainability. It will outline the Government’s approach to addressing climate change in Singapore. They include our efforts and plans to reduce emissions, our plans to build up capabilities to better understand how we can adapt to climate change impacts and how we can leverage on opportunities arising from climate change.
DPM Teo said, “Climate change is a long-term and complex issue which affects all of us and our future generations. To address climate change effectively, we will require a national approach with the people, private and public sectors each playing its part. Through the consultations, we will incorporate ideas from individuals, businesses and the community into the national effort to address climate change.”
At the event, DPM Teo also presented prizes to the winning teams in the inaugural National Climate Change Competition 2011 organised by NCCS, and supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), National Environment Agency (NEA) and the National Youth Achievement Award Council of Singapore (NYAAC). The competition, which drew more than 140 entries, invited students and youths to contribute ideas on how they could address climate change. A summary of the top three projects in each of the four competition categories is attached at the Annex:
- Tertiary Institutions;
- Junior Colleges/Centralised Institutes/Institutes of Technical Education;
- Secondary Schools; and
- Primary Schools
Mr Cheong Yip Seng, former Singapore Press Holdings Editor-in-Chief, who chaired the final judging session of the competition, said, “The judges were impressed by the passion shown by our young people in wanting to contribute to tackle climate change. Clearly, the students have put in a lot of effort and thought into their projects and we believe many of their ideas are workable.”
The winning teams from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have been selected to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference in Durban, South Africa in December this year, on sponsorship from the NCCS.