The Asia Foundation Co-Organizes 2019 Asia-Pacific Regional High-Level Forum on Green Economy

Bangkok, June 13, 2019 — In partnership with the World Green Economy Organization, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and the International Solar Alliance, The Asia Foundation co-organized the 2019 Asia Pacific Regional High-Level Forum on Green Economy on June 10-12 in Bangkok.

Featuring evidence-based green economy solutions that have already been successfully implemented by some countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the forum addressed how future economies can combat challenges such as rapid population growth, dwindling natural resources, widening economic inequality, increasing natural disasters, pollution, and climate change, while improving people’s quality of life through a rapid transition to a green economy.

During the three-day event, a highly engaged and diverse group of high-level government representatives, representatives of international financial institutions and non-profit organizations, academia, and key private sector stakeholders from the region and beyond, exchanged experiences promoting green growth, explored new ways for advancing green economy transition, and shared their vision of a path forward.

“China has committed to cut its CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65% from the 2005 level by 2030, and part of the plan is to implement the green car initiative vigorously,” remarked Juan Wei, senior program development manager for The Asia Foundation’s Environment Program. Wei shared her insights during the session, “Scaling Up Green Innovative Technologies,” focusing on how China has successfully used a set of policy incentives and regulations to address key electric vehicle adoption barriers and become the world’s largest electric vehicle market.

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