Despite a notable drop in under-five mortality, Asia and the Pacific remains a hotspot for child deaths. The pandemic made things worse, causing a significant decline in routine immunizations. It's time to intensify vaccination programs and renew our commitment to children's health.
Climate change is hitting Asia and the Pacific hard, with many countries ill-prepared for the crisis. Yet, financial institutions stand poised to make a difference if they promote sustainable practices and receive the right support.
Technological transformation in Indonesia should take into account the different needs and opportunities of each region to avoid exacerbating development disparities. Targeted policies are needed to prepare these areas for digitization.
The emergence of ‘blue carbon’ in the global carbon markets could help protect Southeast Asia's coastlines, but these habitats should be valued for more than their carbon.
The uncertainties of climate change call for actions driven by the best available knowledge, as well as meeting the financing needs of developing countries. Integrating adaptation into policy upfront is essential to achieve these goals.
To pursue an equitable energy transition, we need to find new ways to produce energy. Biomethane is a low-cost, reliable, and community-oriented way to start.
The transition to global net zero to address climate change must be both ambitious and fair. Otherwise, it will not achieve its goals nor will it obtain the vital public support required over the long-term.
Asia emits about half of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions and that figure is set to increase if the right policies are not put in place.