ASEAN Roll Up Their Sleeves to Fight Against Climate Change

Thursday, 26 Sep 2019




Muhammad Rizki Kresnawan

Key Points

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.

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