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Strengthening Policies and Practices for Low-Carbon Green Growth in South Asia and Central Asia


Purpose

This event will (i) facilitate discussion among researchers and policymakers on promoting low-carbon green growth in Asia, (ii) assess key policy challenges in tackling climate change and accelerating green growth, and (iii) discuss the policymaking implications and relevance of the ADBI and ADB study on low-carbon green growth.

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Background

Asia is at a crossroads. As the world's most populous region, with high economic growth, a rising share of global greenhouse emissions, and the most vulnerability to climate risks, Asia must be at the center in the global fight against climate change. Simply stated, Asia's current resource- and emission-intensive growth pattern is not sustainable, with further gains in human well-being constrained by the environmental carrying capacity. Asian leaders recognize low-carbon green growth as an imperative—not an option—for developing Asia.

The region has taken on board the message that it must change, and it is starting to move toward low-carbon green growth. Many emerging economies have begun the shift toward a new sustainable development paradigm that will bring competitiveness to its industries and serve expanding green technology markets.

This event will have:

  • Panel discussion to discuss the key findings of the ADBI book on low-carbon green growth.
  • Thematic course-based learning sessions on policies and practices effecting low-carbon green growth.
  • Group discussions for developing credible regional cooperation strategies to accelerate low-carbon green growth.
  • Evening leadership seminars on identifying priority actions and innovative designs of policy frameworks.
  • Field visit and fact-finding mission on resource efficiency practices.

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Objectives

  • Review and assess the low-carbon and green growth policies and practices taken by major Asian countries.
  • Share the lessons learned in climate change mitigation for widening and deepening actions at the sectoral and national level.
  • Identify policy gaps and financial mechanisms for working together to accelerate low-carbon green growth in Asia.

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Outputs

  • Enhanced awareness on the causes and consequences of climate change mitigation.
  • Enhanced understanding of integrated policy frameworks that will accelerate low-carbon green growth in Asia.
  • Improved capacity to design and analyze regulatory and market-based policy instruments.
  • Strengthened partnerships and senior officials' policy statement to advance low-carbon green growth agenda through regional cooperation.

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Participants

High-level academics, think tank scholars, and senior policymakers from the following Central Asian and South Asian countries will be invited: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

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How to Register

Participation is by invitation only.

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Language

English (no interpretation will be provided)

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Responsibilities

Share country experiences and discuss multiple strategies to formulate action plans and roadmaps that will further proactive policies to strengthen low-carbon green growth practices in Asia.

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Partners

Asian Development Bank
The Energy Resources Institute
Indian Institute of Management





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