Michael Canares was invited by the Indonesia Social Justice Network to attend the conference on Climate Change, Disaster Management and Social Justice Response” held at Jogjakarta Plaza Hotel in July 12-15, 2011. Mr. Canares was also one of the presenters in the panel session on Climate Change and Policy with his paper “The Sudden Shift: what prompts greater local government response to climate change challenge in the Philippines?”.

At the end of the conference, Mr. Canares headed the team to formulate the end-of-conference statement which was presented to Indonesian media. He sits at a panel together with Mary Zurbuchen, director for IFP Asia and Russia in the press conference and presented the “Unified Statement for Social Justice in and Era of Climate Change”.