Climate change presents major new challenges to the inclusive & sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. It demands a shift to a much less carbon intensive pattern of growth and the incorporation of adaptation measures to help copy with the adverse effects of climate change, including melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and more frequent extreme weather events. While climate change adds new dimensions to all aspects of economic development plans and programs, it will most fundamentally affect the agriculture and energy sectors as well as human settlement.
In recognition of these three key areas -- food, fuel, and people -- the Asian Development Bank has supported analysis on each of these key climate change issues. Policy messages are clear. Addressing the new challenges requires collective action by governments, communities, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector. Developing countries need to build more resilient agriculture sector and enhance measures for food security, alter the way that energy is both generated and used, and understand and respond to the threat of climate-induced migration.
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Dr. Xianbin Yao, Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank
- Friday, 09 October 2009
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road