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UN Highlights Efforts To Curb Climate Change In Asia And The Pacific Against Backdrop Of Bangkok Talks

April 28, 2017

Against the backdrop of negotiations taking place in Bangkok towards a new agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations today highlighted various efforts being undertaken in the Asia-Pacific region to assist countries in dealing with climate change.

In a briefing to participants at the Bangkok Climate Change Talks, representatives from the UN system and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) shared examples of the work being carried out in the region on such issues as mitigation, adaptation, financing, capacity building and policy integration.

The event was moderated by Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and featured welcoming remarks by Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Dr. Heyzer noted that most developing countries in Asia and the Pacific faced two inextricably linked challenges - overcoming poverty and combating climate change.

"Failure to tackle one will undermine efforts to deal with the other," she said, adding that ESCAP Member States have begun discussing new climate friendly development pathways. "Green Growth is economic growth that uses environmental resources productively, maintaining or restoring environmental quality and ecological integrity, while meeting the needs of all people."

For his part, Mr. de Boer pointed out that one of the key elements of a new climate change deal is increased support for developing countries to step up their efforts to cope with the effects of climate change.

"Negotiators here in Bangkok will now need to make real progress and translate the political will expressed by world leaders into concrete texts that can be part of a Copenhagen deal," he said, referring to the December meeting in Denmark's capital to finalize a follow-on to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

The panel participants were Masakazu Ichimura of ESCAP, Chen Zhijun of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Glenn Dolcemascolo of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Martin Krause of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Young-Woo Park of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and David McCauley of the ADB.

Their presentations ranged from examples of assistance to countries in transitioning to low-carbon societies, technology transfer and training in the agricultural sector and disaster risk reduction, to financing the projects, advising countries on appropriate policies for their needs as well as developing a multi-sectoral policy framework.

The briefings were followed by an open forum, and also featured a poster and information display highlighting the key activities, outcomes and messages of some 20 UN organizations taking part in the event.

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