Toward a Net-Zero ASEAN : ADB Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2023

Countries in Southeast Asia are committed to a net-zero future, with 8 out of 10 ASEAN member states at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow committing to net-zero targets by 2050. 
Southeast Asia is taking bold steps toward a net-zero future. At the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, 8 out of 10 ASEAN member states pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. This ambitious commitment is expected to accelerate the region’s transition toward a more sustainable and resilient economy.
To further advance this agenda, the ADB Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2023 is set to bring together thought leaders, decision makers, and climate action advocates from various sectors. The event, themed “Imagining a Net-Zero ASEAN,” aims to explore innovative solutions that can help countries achieve their net-zero targets while recovering from the COVID-19 crisis.


TOWARDS A NET ZERO ASEAN : ADB Southeast Asia Symposium 2023

SEADS 2023 will provide a platform to examine how Southeast Asia can harness new green, innovative, and cost-effective approaches to accelerate decarbonization in a wide range of sectors. The event will also explore how countries can adopt new technological solutions, accelerate the availability of finance, and deploy other effective measures to support the transition toward a net-zero economy.
The symposium is expected to generate valuable insights and ideas that can inform policies, investments, and collaborations toward a more sustainable future for Southeast Asia. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and build partnerships that can help unlock the full potential of a net-zero ASEAN.
The road to a net-zero future is not without challenges, but with strong commitment and collaboration, it is a path that Southeast Asia can take to ensure a more resilient, equitable, and prosperous future for all. To learn more about the region’s net-zero journey and the SEADS 2023 event, explore our net-zero coverage.

What To Expect

Anticipate gaining valuable insights, practical solutions, and knowledge from expert speakers and panelists during SEADS 2023. The symposium will take place in Bali, Indonesia, and will be the first time in-person attendance is available since its launch in 2020. Although it is also available for virtual attendees like in previous years, SEADS 2023 is expected to welcome over 5,000 virtual attendees and 500 in-person attendees. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with thought leaders from different sectors, including government, industry, academia, and civil society. Attendees can expect to network and deepen connections and relationships with potential partners and clients, learn about various topics related to achieving a net-zero ASEAN, and participate in meaningful discussions that can contribute to driving Southeast Asia toward a sustainable and resilient future.
SEADS is ADB’s annual flagship event focused on helping spur growth in the region. SEADS provides a forum for leaders from governments, the private sector, academia, and development organizations to discuss innovative solutions and strategies to address development challenges facing the region.  
SEADS 2023 is co-hosted with the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF), a green finance initiative under the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund co-owned by the ASEAN member countries and ADB. The ACGF works with ASEAN governments and development partners to support infrastructure projects that promote environmental sustainability and combat climate change.