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ADB Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2023: Imagining a
Net Zero ASEAN

This annual flagship event from the Asian Development Bank will examine how countries in the region can harness new green, innovative, and cost-effective approaches to support decarbonization in a wide range of sectors while revitalizing economies.


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3 Steps to Mobilize Waqf to Fund Indonesia's Net-Zero Ambitions

Indonesia urged to invest in building human capital, establish coordination between government and non-government actors; and build a blueprint for climate waqf.


People enjoying a day in the park in Indonesia.


Climate Adaptation and Tourism: A Closer Link Than We Might Think?

Tourism is well-positioned to support climate adaptation as it is an industry with many sectors and opportunities to engage and involve stakeholders.


Blue boats transporting tourists going to Phong Nha cave in Viet Nam.

Can Green Hydrogen Help Indonesia Meet Its Net Zero Goals?

Hydrogen technology could play an important role as an alternative to fossil fuels and can be employed across industries, power generation, and transport.


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How to Cool Southeast Asia’s Cities

Adopting heat action plans, using heat-responsive building design, and deploying large scale "cool roof" programs among measures to limit exposure of the urban poor to heat stress 


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Metaverse in the Classroom: Reimagining Learning in Southeast Asia

The potential of the metaverse to help both students and educators has yet to be explored, but ensuring teachers have the skills and the means to use this frontier technology in the classroom is one way to start.


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How Do We Get Emerging Economies to Invest More in Large-Scale, Nature-Based Solutions?

Nature-based solutions, which aim to protect ecosystems such as forests, agricultural land, peatlands, mangroves, and oceans while addressing societal and economic challenges, are widely accepted as the way forward in the fight against climate change.


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Join SEADS 2023 

The Asian Development Bank's Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2023, "Imagining a Net Zero ASEAN," will bring together thought leaders, decision makers, and climate action advocates from government, industry, academia, and the development sector to discuss innovative solutions that can help countries focus on becoming net zero economies and rebound from the COVID-19 crisis. 

SEADS 2023 will examine how the region can harness new green, innovative, and cost-effective approaches; adopt new technological solutions; accelerate the availability of finance; and deploy other effective measures to support decarbonization in a wide range of sectors while revitalizing economies.

Explore our net zero coverage.


Workers through a solar farm in Indonesia.

With annual cash waqf donations estimated at around $12 billion and total land waqf assets at $134 billion, authorities are now considering using these Islamic endowments to fight climate change.

A woman with a portable sewing machine walks through a traditional market in Indonesia.

MSMEs are the first and last mile of the economy. As such, more concerted support for MSMEs to chart a greener way forward is needed, from governments, platform companies, and new digital solutions providers.

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Education systems need retooling to meet the growing demand for higher digital skills.


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ASEAN Policy Network

Amid increasing demand for knowledge from developing member countries (DMCs) in Southeast Asia, ADB's ASEAN Policy Network facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration within and between its operational and central knowledge departments and seeks to build relationships with academes, think tanks, research institutions, and other partners.

Climbers on Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Hub

With Southeast Asia’s tourism industry still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, ADB is increasing its support for investments, capacity development, and knowledge to accelerate an inclusive and sustainable recovery.


 Climate Change and Earthquake Exposure in Asia and the Pacific: Assessment of Energy and Transport Infrastructure cover photo.

This study analyzes the exposure of energy and transport assets in Asia and the Pacific to climate change and earthquake hazards.

Highlights: Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2022: Sustainable Solutions for Southeast Asia’s Recovery cover photo.

This publication recaps proceedings during ADB's Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2022. It highlights the solutions that address challenges from the pandemic.

Unlocking Islamic Climate Finance cover photo.

This report analyzes how Islamic finance can be scaled up to help build urgently needed climate-resilient infrastructure in the Asia and the Pacific, and ensure its post-COVID-19 recovery is green, sustainable, and inclusive.

Webinar Recordings

Changing Workforce in the Post-COVID-19 World event banner.

This webinar examined the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging trends in Southeast Asia's labor markets, particularly for women and the youth, and what needs to be done to ensure a resilient and inclusive workforce in a post-COVID-19 world.

Asean-economic-outlook-building-strategies-resilient-and-sustainable-recovery event banner.

This webinar discussed the implications of competing short-, medium-, and long-term challenges on the region’s prospect for building a resilient and sustainable recovery. It also explored policy instruments that could be used to address such challenges.

Building Blocks for a Cloud-First Environment event banner.

This webinar focused on enhancing collective understanding about the cloud, its benefits, and the policy best practices for building a cloud-first environment.

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What is SEADS?

The Southeast Asia Development Solutions—SEADS—is a knowledge and innovation platform under the Asian Development Bank. In tandem with its partner program, the Southeast Asia Development Symposium,  SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

Sowing SEADS of Growth

Discover the latest cutting-edge breakthroughs that can help countries tackle pressing challenges.

Hear from leading minds and trailblazers from industry, technology, the public sector, and academia.

Interact with problem-solvers and next-generation thinkers from Southeast Asia and beyond.