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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

20 February 2024

ES ESCAP

Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,

As well we all know, we are facing an unprecedented environmental crisis, with an increase in extreme weather events and the undeniable effects of climate change being felt worldwide.

This is especially critical in the Asia-Pacific region, which is not only a hub of innovation and economic growth but also responsible for over half of global greenhouse gas emissions and highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

To pave the way for climate-resilient development, it is essential that we harness the power of technology, leverage the potential of data and build our capacity.

The innovative applications of the fourth industrial revolution, renewable energy solutions and nature-based approaches are not just options but necessities in our collective fight against climate change.

However, the rate of technological advancements has not been matched by their adoption. In Asia and the Pacific, it is crucial to accelerate the uptake of these technologies to transition to net-zero and resilient economies.

Additionally, the scarcity of data poses a significant obstacle, hindering our ability to accurately assess progress and make informed decisions.

Addressing environmental challenges and embracing transformative technologies cannot be done in isolation. It requires partnerships between governments, industries, the private sector and civil society across the region.

By harnessing technology, promoting data-driven decision-making and fostering collaboration, we have the opportunity to steer our region towards a more sustainable future.

I would like to acknowledge ESCAP’s regional institutes – the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (APCICT), the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM), the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), as well as the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) – for collaborating to organize this dialogue.

I encourage all member States to leverage the expertise and resources of ESCAP’s regional institutes in efforts towards promoting climate resilient development.

Thank you for joining us today, and I wish everyone a very productive discussion.

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Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management
Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology +91 11 3097 3752
Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization
Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology
Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific +81 43 299 9782 [email protected]
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