The winner, Jessica Cheam from Eco-Business, will be joining Robert Swan’s 2041 ClimateForce IAE on a 14-days expedition to Antarctica in February 2018!

Singapore, 4th November 2017 – GGEF (Global Green Economic Forum) recently concluded its 5th edition of the annual forum at JW Marriott Hotel, Singapore. This invitation-only event is organized by GGEF, the only social enterprise that runs leadership conferences in Asia with a focus on promoting sustainability. This year’s event, themed “Belt and Road Initiative – The New Asian Model of Sustainability” focused on finding actionable solutions to build a sustainable economy where business leaders, sustainability officers, academics, and policymakers to share their insights and intelligence at the forum have signed up for the event.

The conference kicked-off with opening remarks from the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifi bin Masagos Mohamed. Held under the title ‘Belt and Road Initiative – The New Asian Model of Sustainability,’ the conference brought together decision-makers, business leaders and figureheads in the field of the environment to discuss the future of sustainability globally and in Asia.

Below is the recap of this year’s event highlights:

The CDL E-Generation Challenge 2017 Award Presentation

The 8th edition of the CDL-E Generation Challenge 2017, in partnership with GGEF, is a youth centric competition targeted to encourage and empower youths to come up with urgent solutions against climate change.

Started in 2010, the Challenge used to enable youths to learn about eco tips through games in the Amazing Race format. It was revamped this year to invite passionate youth advocates to submit urgent solutions to tackle climate change in a 3,000-word essay and a presentation to the judging panel. Ten finalists with impressive track record and solutions were shortlisted. Due to the high quality of submissions, an additional Distinction Award was created, which was co-sponsored by CDL and OCBC.

The challenge top winner, Jessica Cheam, and the Distinction Award winner, Inch Chua, were announced at GGEF 2017. The two winners will head on an exciting 14-day expedition to Antarctica in February 2018. It is part of the ClimateForce: Antarctica 2018 led by Robert Swan, OBE, a renowned environmentalist and explorer who was the first man to walk to both North and South Poles.

Advising CDL and GGEF on the selection criteria, Robert Swan highlighted that the winner should be an effective communicator apart from being passionate about environmental conservation. The organisers hope that the winners will reach out to thousands of youths and audience to build a stronger ‘green force’ upon their return from the Antarctica as no single entity can fight climate change alone.

Jessica is a well-established environmental journalist and advocate with extensive outreach to businesses and the public at large while Inch is a talented singer and song writer with specific outreach to the arts communities which comprise many non-converts. We believe that both winners will form a formidable force to promote solutions to combat climate change and expand the outreach.

Presenting CDL E-Generation Challenge Award to winner, Ms Jessica Cheam. (Photo from left to right: Prof Lam Khee Poh, Dean, School of Design & Environment, NUS; Christina Lee, Founder & CEO of GGEF and Global Green Connect; Jessica Cheam, Winner of CDL E-Generation Challenge 2017; Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited)
Presenting Distinction Award of CDL E-Generation Challenge to Ms Inch Chua. (Photo from left to right: Prof Lam Khee Poh, Dean, School of Design & Environment, NUS; Isabella Chia, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, OCBC; Inch Chua, Distinction Award of CDL E-Generation Challenge 2017; Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited)

Congratulations to both Jessica and Inch once again!

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the CDL E-Generation Challenge website as we will continue to share exciting updates leading up to, and after the expedition!

Last but not least, a big thank you to our wonderful sponsor, supporting organisations, media partners and speakers for making the conference a success!

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