A Tale of Two Degrees, 22 COPs and Many RINGOs

Or, How Non-state Actors Can Help Accelerate
the Pace of the UN Climate Change Process

By Anukriti Hittle
Visiting Scholar, East-West Center, Honolulu
Instructor, Washington University in St Louis

Rising Above National Interest
Most of the time, nations act in their own self-interest. And much of the time, they cooperate only when they are forced to—such as when facing imminent collective danger (nuclear threat, small pox, dictatorships). But in the face of a slow-boil threat like climate change, they seem to drag their national government-level feet. In such cases, pressure from non-state actors may be the key to achieving collective action.

How can non-state actors complement national actors to ratchet up ambition and speed up action in the area of climate change implementation? By using the well-tried resolutions process of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and applying it to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations, or RINGOs, or could maximize collective action at the COP (Conference of the Parties) summits where both government representatives and observer organizations gather every year to address climate change issues. Continue reading

2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Archival Research of Photographs Produced by Dean Conant Worcester

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Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Keiko Fukunishi

EWC Student Affiliate

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for the assistance of the East-West Center Summer Travel Grant in supporting my archival research. One aspect of my dissertation research considers photographs produced by Dean Conant Worcester, and American zoologist and colonial officer who used a camera for the first time outside of the studio in order to photograph Filipino people at the turn of the century. Thanks to the award, I was able to examine thousands of photos taken by Worcester, and several hundred glass plate negatives related to his photographic projects at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan and the Bentley Historical Library.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Research — Impact of Built Environment on Urban Heat Island Effect in Kathmandu

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Ranjeeta Acharya

ADB-JSP Scholar

 

In the third week of May, I traveled to my home country of Nepal for research about the impact of built environment on urban heat island effect in Kathmandu. During my stay in Nepal, I visited the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) to determine how new planning and reconstruction after the earthquake of April 2015 may contribute towards adapting and mitigating increasing urban temperatures in Kathmandu. I met officials in the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, and also collected and analyzed temperature data to examine the variation in temperature in Kathmandu from 1980 until 2015. After visiting the peri-urban areas of Kathmandu valley, I observed that agricultural land and green fields are being converted into the residential plots, without thought about open spaces for future neighborhoods.

 

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Agricultural land being converted into a residential plot in the periphery of Kathmandu.

 

Last but not least, I am very thankful to the East-West Center Alumni Association for supporting my research with a travel grant.

 

 

 


The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter provided Travel Grants ($500 each) to 10 current East West Center students for the summer of 2016.

2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Poster Presentation of Research at 9th Joint Natural Products Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Ram P. Neupane  during the poster presentation

 

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Ram P. Neupane

EWC Student Affiliate

I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of July to attend the 9th Joint Natural Products Conference. At the conference, I presented a poster on my research which describes the isolation, characterization and biological evaluation of anticancer compounds from the Hawaiian sponge Dactylospongia sp. I also had the opportunity to listen to various presentations and engage in discussions with scholars and researchers from the United States and many European countries. I was able to broaden my knowledge on the latest research being carried out in the field of natural product chemistry. This research includes finding drug leads against various targets such as viruses, bacteria, cancer cells and the like.

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An East-West Center Gathering in South Asia

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Dear EWCA Alumni,

The East-West Center will hold its International Media Conference in New Delhi, India on September 8-11, 2016 with the theme “South Asia Looking East.” The Center’s last International Media Conference was held in Yangon, Myanmar in 2014 and drew more than 400 attendees including journalists, policymakers, business professionals and EWC alumni.
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EWCA QUARTERLY CHAPTER REPORTS FOR APRIL 2016

Submitted by Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen

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East-West Center Association Executive Board at the EWC/EWCA International Conference, Manila, January 2016

As EWCA Executive Vice President for Chapter Development, I am pleased to present the following reports.  Twenty-one chapter reports were received for this quarter’s report.
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