The urgent need to move towards a low carbon economy and build resilience, would not only mitigate the worst impacts of
climate change in the Asia-Pacific, but also lift the region economically, according to the body overseeing the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
As Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW 2019) wrapped up on Friday in Bangkok, a key takeaway was that long-term holistic
planning would enable countries there to tap into the huge potential of renewable energy, and new technology while
maximizing socio-economic benefits.
Other compelling reasons to rapidly shift to low-carbon and resilience were outlined by high-level speakers who warned
that current levels of ambition to tackle climate change are putting the world on a path towards global warming of more
than 3 degrees Celsius – that is double the goal of 1.5 degrees.
Participants agreed that in addition to governments, the transformation must be driven by sub-national regions and
cities, the private sector and finance.
Noting that over half the global population of 1.8 billion young people live in the vast Asia-Pacific region, UNFCCC
said that youth groups played an important role in the week, by engaging with participants and coving discussions on
Key outcome messages
will provide “important input to the Climate Action Summit
convened by the UN Secretary-General on 23 September in New York”, UNFCCC said in a press release
, adding that “the results will also help build momentum” towards the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) that will
take place in Santiago, Chile, 2-13 December 2019.
On the table
Countries are currently designing enhanced national climate action plans under the Paris Agreement
(Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs) and the Summit in New York will be an opportunity for governments and
many climate action players to announce new plans and initiatives before the NDCs are communicated to the UN in 2020.
Climate change adaptation planning and finance were also key throughout APCW 2019, with a focus on communities and
ecosystems most in need.
On building resilience to climate change, indigenous peoples from the region, academics and others, stressed the need
for a mindset shift in the fight against climate change, proposing policies to help transform societies for long-term
Carbon pricing, capacity-building and regional climate finance were also discussed, with a spotlight on highly
During the week, work began on a new climate strategy for Indian Ocean Island States to access finance for priority
And the UN Climate Change Secretariat is assisting 10 sub-regions involving 77 countries in Asia Pacific, Africa and
Latin America and the Caribbean in preparing strategies to access scaled up climate finance.
Organized every year in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Asia-Pacific, Regional Climate Weeks
allow governments and other concerned parties to address the full spectrum of climate issues under one umbrella. The
central aim is to bring together the public and private sectors around the common goal of addressing climate change.
APCW 2019 was organized by UNCCC in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
) and other international and regional organizations. It is the third Regional Climate Week to this year, following one
in Accra, Ghana in March and in Salvador, Brazil in August.
Next year, the United Arab Emirates will host a Regional Climate Week for the Middle East and North Africa region.