The countries responsible for 88% of global emissions, including large emitters in Asia, have pledged net-zero emissions by 2050, yet current efforts are insufficient. Integrating trade policies with climate initiatives could break the gridlock and bring us closer to this crucial goal.
These charts illustrate Asia and the Pacific’s growing role in production and trade, which are key drivers of climate change-related emissions. To reach net zero, Asian countries need to take action immediately.
The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai marked the historic inclusion of health in climate discussions, highlighting the urgent need for resilient health systems amid climate change. Nations are now working to adopt the Climate and Health Declaration, which recognizes the intertwined future of climate change and health.
Impacts of climate change including disasters triggered by natural hazards are causing significant economic and social challenges in Asia and the Pacific, with developing countries the hardest hit. There is an urgent need for good fiscal policy to prepare robust adaptation strategies.
There are viable solutions for the harmful practice of agricultural burning but they need government and private sector support to scale up.
Policymakers in the Asia and the Pacific have powerful tools available to identify funding gaps, optimize resource allocation, and enhance resilience against the looming fiscal challenges of climate change.
Addressing Asia and the Pacific's urgent need for affordable, green housing is vital for women's resilience and sustainable development. It requires inclusive policies, awareness, gender-sensitive financing, and technology-enhanced access to financing.
Asia and the Pacific, accounting for 60% of global CO2 emissions, face the critical task of decoupling economic growth from carbon emissions amid varied economic statuses, from high-income nations to emerging economies, each grappling with unique challenges.
Innovative financing is needed for nature-based solutions, which protect biodiversity and combat climate change.
Integrated road management systems and climate-responsive strategies are key to enhancing road resilience. Policymakers should act now to safeguard road networks against climate challenges.