- Over 1,000 delegates meet in Manila to discuss adapting to the worst impacts of climate change
- Recent global warming assessment predicts devastation to coastlines and crops across Asia-Pacific
- Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum is the largest gathering of its kind in the region
Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2018 – More than 1,000 scientists, government officials, representatives from civil society and businesses, as well as development partners from 60 countries are meeting this week at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, for the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, to share and discuss urgent adaptation solutions to build resilience against the adverse impacts of climate change.
There is increasing prevalence of climate change and disaster risks in our cities and local communities. The poor and the marginalized are bound to suffer the most. Reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change is a pro-poor response. It liberates the poor from the vicious cycle of poverty and risk. It is social justice in action.”
Emmanuel M. De Guzman, Secretary, Climate Change Commission, Philippines.
Climate change, with its wide-ranging and largely adverse impacts, has emerged as a new threat to the continuing sustainable development of the region, with the potential to undermine five decades of progress. For ADB, to help achieve the development objectives of this region, investing in building resilience to climate and disaster risks has to be a new norm.”
Mr. Bambang Susantono, ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development
Climate change resilience is imperative for the Asia-Pacific region. We have no choice but to adapt. Fortunately, here in Asia, we have the tools and insight to do so. The APAN Forum builds partnerships to share this knowledge.”
Dechen Tsering, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UN Environment