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Regional briefing by United Nations system organizations on climate change programmes in the Asia and Pacific region

10/01/09

—Yi Wang (Shenyang, China)

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)
—David McCauley of the ADB

On Sept 31, the representatives above gave their presentations ranging from examples of assistance to countries in transition 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.

As highlighted by Dr. Heyzer, most developing countries are facing two challenging problems, combating poverty and overcoming climate change. Failing to tackle one or both will increase the tendencies and frequencies of the extreme weather events that cause casualties. Therefore, strategy for improve climate problem is to create Green growth.

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. To continue, he said that those countries are already experiencing the bad impact of extreme weather events. In COP, Financial and technical support to developping countries will be discussed in order to make them approach low emission economic development in the future. Affirmatively, he said that it is clear that such kind of support will increase as a result of the COP deal.

Mr Young-Woo Park, the representative of UNEP talked about Green economy. As he said, the task undergoing now is creating green economy and trasmitting the current social economy to green economy. They have already worked with China, Korea, Philippine countries, etc.
As a result of climate change, agricultural productivity becomes a severe problem in the world, especially in developing countries. Mr. Zhijun Chen explained their approach to ensure the food security in Asian area. It is clear that technology transform, conservation and organic farming, sustainable forestry, fishery,  and irrigation system are all indispensable.

Disasters caused by climate change not only result hungers but also destruction of public infrastructures. Mr. Glenn Dolcemascolo pointed out that important part of their job is to save school and hospital. The number of lost lives of people, especially of children is increasing. To find international strategy for disaster reduction, technological support, developing corporation. and  funds building are necessary.

Believed by Mr David McCauley from ADB that there are many avenues to help developing countries. ADB is now supporting the first nationwide campaign in Asia to replace inefficient incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps. New additinoal resources are that a lot of new funds are being built.clean techonology fund. In the presentation, he shared examples of the work being carried out in the region on such issues as mitigation, adaptation, financing, capacity building and policy integration.

Mr Martin Krause gave us a clear explanation about capacity. He pointed out that capacity building is a prerequisite for transforming to a low carbon society. He said that capacity needs to be built to  1 . scientists and experts in developing countries; 2, public factor, build compacity with government; and 3. for communities.

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.

—For more information, please click on the links in the very beginning of this article.

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