ASEAN Roll Up Their Sleeves to Fight Against Climate Change
Climate change has disastrous consequences and affects all countries. Southeast Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions where countries are affected by climate change. A relentless number of natural disasters continue to strike the Asia Pacific, from cyclones and floods to droughts and heatwaves. The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 published by UNESCAP found that Asia Pacific climate disasters are hitting the most deprived and marginalised communities, driving them further into poverty. The projection has shown that 56 million people could live in extreme poverty by 2030, but the figure could double to more than 123 million without practical steps being implemented by policymakers across the Asia Pacific to increase the public capability to mitigate the threat of catastrophe.
This policy brief is supported by the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT), funded by the Norwegian Government under the Norwegian-ASEAN Regional Integration Programme (NARIP) and is jointly implemented by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). The project includes the active involvement of key ASEAN stakeholders and helps enhance modelling, analytical and regional policy planning capacities within ASEAN.