Opinion

The climate change fight returns to Paris

Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit.
10 December 2017
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Purpose-driven leadership: Helping people experience work with meaning

When I ask leaders what kind of legacy they want to leave, rarely do I hear role titles, numbers, or words such as “the bottom line,” “process,” or “efficiency.” Most think about what kind of positive impact they hope to have on others. However, when I ask them what they do, the language is starkly different. Some share their job titles, some share their job descriptions or even their KPIs.
10 December 2017
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The madness of King Donald

Much of America’s capital has entered a state of near-panic. In recent days, President Donald Trump has been acting more bizarrely than ever, and the question raised in the mind of politicians and civilians alike, though rarely spoken aloud, has been: What can be done with this man?
9 December 2017
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The Trumping of Cambodian democracy

Over the last year, Cambodia’s ruling party, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), has dramatically increased its pressure on its political opponents and civil society. Democracy in Cambodia has always been fraught, and elections are not completely free and fair.
3 December 2017
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Natural solutions to climate change

In response to climate change, land is key. Today, agriculture, forestry, and other land uses account for roughly a quarter of global greenhouse-gas emissions.
1 December 2017
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Inequality comes to Asia

From China to India, Asian countries’ rapid economic expansion has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in recent decades.
26 November 2017
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Capitalising on climate unity

When Donald Trump was elected US president a year ago, some said the end of the Paris climate agreement was nigh. Yet, as the latest round of global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, has shown, the world’s political leaders are more committed to the deal than ever.
19 November 2017
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The Circular Economy – ASEAN has what it takes

Some years ago, I replaced my 36-inch television – grudgingly. I only had it for a little over 24 months. The Helpline diagnosed it to be a problem with the motherboard, which would cost more to fix than buying a brand new television with better sound, a sharper picture, et cetera et cetera. Recently, my Bluetooth speaker went blip. Same advice – go for the latest model.
19 November 2017
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Toward a people-centred ASEAN community

I am delighted that my first meeting with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comes at a historic moment: the 50th anniversary of ASEAN’s founding. During those 50 years, not only my country, the Republic of Korea, but almost all of Asia has been utterly transformed.
13 November 2017
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The future of leadership: Leading well-being capital

Many of us are fortunate to live in a world of wealth and health as never before experienced in history. Previous generations have paved the way for rapid economic development, and we now have the luxury of focusing on our well-being. Nations are measuring their citizens’ happiness index, corporations are managing their employee engagement, and individuals are seeking self-fulfillment.
12 November 2017
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Liquid society - Women at work, speak up!

Are you one of those who take pride in your work and consistently deliver quality work on time? You put in long hours. Pay attention to detail. You’re a great team player and supporter. You’re fantastic in a crisis. Your boss depends on you as you pick up the pieces others dropped. In fact, you think your boss can’t live without you. You are a master fixer. The photocopier is out of paper.
5 November 2017
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