Asia Pa­cific: Re­sponse to Cli­mate Change

Bhutan Times - - Home - By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar

lobal lead­ers are gath­ered in Paris for the COP21 cli­mate sum­mit. Given Asia-Pa­cific’s size and its con­tri­bu­tion to global green­house gas emis­sions, its voice and com­mit­ment are crit­i­cal to achiev­ing a com­pre­hen­sive agree­ment on cli­mate change. Many Asia Pa­cific coun­tries are de­vel­op­ing and must fo­cus on achiev­ing sus­tained eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ment. Of the 49 re­gional mem­bers of the United Na­tions Eco­nomic and So­cial Com­mis­sion for Asia and the Pa­cific, 43 have a light cli­mate foot­print, con­tribut­ing only 10 per cent to global emis­sions. For th­ese coun­tries, no­tably the least de­vel­oped coun­tries, Pa­cific is­lands and low­ly­ing states, vul­ner­a­bil­ity to cli­mate-re­lated nat­u­ral dis­as­ters will grow with cli­mate change. At the other ex­treme, the re­gion is home to six of the top 10 emit­ters in the world - China, In­dia, Rus­sia,

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