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06 to 09 July 2021

Bangkok, Thailand


Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021 : Thematic Sessions

Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW 2021) is poised to accelerate collaboration and integrate climate action into recovery from the global pandemic. The COVID-19 health crisis put a spotlight on the need for resilience against emerging risks and collaboration to solve pressing challenges. Building back opens an opportunity to address social inequalities and invest in economic development that is good for humanity and nature.

2021 is a historic year for global climate action at COP26. This is the year we either lose sight of the Paris targets, or it is the year we start implementing the Paris Agreement. It is our opportunity to increase global climate ambition in COVID-19 recovery and kick-start a decade of action.

The Regional Climate Weeks 2021 build momentum towards success at COP26. The Virtual Thematic Sessions take the pulse of climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities, and showcase ambitious solutions. This is a platform for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to COP26 by:

• Showcase action that demonstrates momentum building for COP26

• Track progress on submission of stronger NDCs

• Give info on the Race-To-Zero and Race-To-Resilience campaigns

• Offer a way for stakeholders to have their voice heard in the UN Climate Change process

A dedicated session at the APCW 2021 Ministerial Event in September 2021 will ensure that outcomes from the APCW 2021 Thematic Sessions are captured and framed within the larger context of COP26.

The APCW 2021 Virtual Thematic Sessions will be held on 6-9 July 2021, hosted by the Government of Japan and organized in collaboration with core global and regional partners, UN Development Programme, UN Environment, the World Bank Group, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Virtual Thematic Sessions focus on three themes:

Track 1: National actions and economy-wide approaches – Discussion on ambitious action in key sectors and how these actions can integrate in national planning and economic packages to enable COVID-19 recovery and support the Paris Agreement.

Track 2: Integrated approaches for climate-resilient development – Collaboration to discuss the climate risks facing Latin America and the Caribbean, develop low-carbon solutions and seek partnerships for risk-based approaches to adaptation and resilience building.

Track 3: Seizing transformation opportunities – A platform to explore breakthrough solutions to deliver climate action at a scale that puts Latin America on a low-emission and highly resilient development pathway, with focus on key sectors of the economy that need deep transformation.

            ESCAP is partnering for the organization of several sessions under the three tracks and supporting side events, as well as a session under the UK Presidency Initiatives.

More information on the Regional Climate Weeks is available on this link:

Please register for the Thematic Sessions of the APCW, 2021 on this link:

07 Jul 2021
Session 3. Making peace with nature
  • Opening and scene setting (5 mins)
    • Making peace with nature in the context of climate action - Overview Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Chief Environment and Development Policy Section, ESCAP
  • Panel discussion: Ambitious targets (45 mins)
    • Establishing the largest marine protected area in the world H.E. Mr. Teburoro Tito, Ambassador of Kiribati to the UN and US and Chairman of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area
    • Aral Sea Recovery Dr. Paola Agostini, Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank Presentation
    • Pakistan’s Ten Billion Trees Tsunami Mr.Hassan A. Sukhera, National Director, Ten Billion Trees Tsunami, Pakistan 
    • Forest Restoration; Vision of the Peace Forest Initiative, Republic of Korea Mr. Byungki Ahn, Director of International Cooperation Division, Korea Forest Service Presentation
  • Discussion (10 mins)
  • Panel discussion: Strengthening governance and policy innovation (45 mins)
    • Chitgar Forest Park, Tehran – Hon.  Mayor Mostafa Mousavi, District  9,  Tehran Municipality Presentation
    • Tackling food waste and strengthening livelihoods Ms. Nidhi Pant, S4S technologies, India Presentation
    • Environmental defenders victories for people and the planet Ms. Lia Torres, Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Concerns/Asia Pacific Environmental Defenders Network Presentation
    • Cooperation and partnership between mandatory and voluntary governance Mr. Richard Laity, South-East Asia Manager, Programme for the  Endorsement  of Forest Certification (PEFC) Presentation
  • Commentary, discussion and closing (15 mins)
    • Commentary - Dr. Beria Leimona, Member of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)  and Senior Expert, Landscape Governance, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Carbon Dioxide Removal, determining transformation opportunities in relation to Sustainable Development Goals

Bangkok, Thailand

Building SME’s Capacity on Climate Action - Experiences from South-East Asia, A side event at the Thematic Sessions of the Asia Pacific Climate Week

Bangkok, Thailand

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