Speeches

15 Nov 2016

Strong policy frameworks, integrated strategies and green technologies adopted by China are raising the bar for sustainable low-carbon development. China is forging a path for others in the region and around the world to follow. Its actions and outcomes are having a major impact on the global climate change landscape.

15 Nov 2016

Climate change and sustainable development are strongly interlinked and have the potential to reinforce each other or, conversely, to impede each other’s success. Climate action is integral to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both through action on dedicated climate focused SDGs, complemented by the covenants of Sustainable Energy for All, and the implementation of other socioeconomic and environment related SDGs.

15 Nov 2016

In my remarks, I will offer some perspectives on the approaches to and merits of the integration of renewables to green power grids as well as share a few examples of how it is unfolding in Asia and Pacific and how ESCAP is engaged in the process.

14 Nov 2016

To deliver on the Paris Agreement commitments countries must implement their national climate plans of increasing ambition and speed up their transition to low carbon climate resilient economies. Securing a stable and growing flow of climate and green finance is needed to achieve these goals.

4 Nov 2016

The scale and frequency of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific and their transboundary nature, with associated shared risks and vulnerabilities, mean that regional actions and solutions are indispensable.

3 Nov 2016

The Asia-Pacific region is on the front lines of natural disasters as it experienced over 1,600 disasters that claimed 60 percent of global deaths, leading to over half a trillion dollars’ worth of economic damage. Last year alone 16,000 people lost their lives, with economic damages exceeding $45 billion. Asia-Pacific disaster losses could total $160 billion annually by 2030.

3 Nov 2016

The Asia-Pacific region is on the front lines of natural disasters as it experienced over 1,600 disasters that claimed 60 percent of global deaths, leading to over half a trillion dollars’ worth of economic damage. Last year alone 16,000 people lost their lives, with economic damages exceeding $45 billion. Asia-Pacific disaster losses could total $160 billion annually by 2030.

2 Nov 2016

Last year, the global adoption of three landmark agreements, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change signaled a fundamental transformation in our collective development aspirations. Space technology applications have great potential to support the implementation, follow up and review of these global agendas.

2 Nov 2016

Welcome to the inaugural session of the Governing Council of the Asia and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management or APDIM. Thank you for agreeing to serve on the Council. I count on your knowledge, wisdom and experience to strategically advise and guide APDIM’s programme direction and priorities.

1 Nov 2016

Asia-Pacific is highly exposed to water-related disasters. Floods, cyclones and drought frequently affect our countries, devastating infrastructure and the assets that sustain peoples’ livelihoods. Our region has borne 4000 water related disasters since 1970, resulting in one million deaths and significant displacement of people. There has been a rise in the scale, frequency and intensity of water-related disasters, driven by increased exposure and vulnerability in many countries.

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