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Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021 Kicks Off

UN Climate Change News, 6 July 2021
The Virtual Thematic Sessions of Asia-Pacific Climate Week
2021 (APCW 2021) kicked off today. APCW 2021 will be held
from 6 to 9 July and is hosted by the Government of

The sessions are designed to boost the climate
change response of countries in Asia and the Pacific and
build momentum for the crucial UN Climate Change Conference
COP26 in November in Glasgow.

Speaking ahead of APCW
2021, Mr. Hiroshi Ono, Director General, Global Environment
Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan, said,
The next ten years will be decisive in limiting
temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. To overcome the climate
crisis, we need all actors in the world to work

We look forward to working with
all actors in the Asia-Pacific region, including
international organisations, local governments, the private
sector and civil society, to make 2021 a year of redesigning
our socio-economic systems and to make COP26 a success.
Let’s trigger a huge wave of ‘decarbonisation dominos’
in the Asia-Pacific region
,” he added.

Climate Change Deputy Executive Secretary Ovais Sarmad
praised APCW2021 host country Japan for announcing plans to
achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and said
he was encouraged by the recent virtual UNFCCC
Subsidiary Body discussions
held just a few weeks

While some differences still exist in some
areas on the agenda, parties have demonstrated the
willingness to engage and advance and this is important in
these last crucial months before COP26
,” he

The wide array of regional stakeholders
gathering for the virtual meeting will showcase climate
action and share progress ahead of COP26 on the submission
of stronger national climate plans – Nationally Determined
Contributions (NDCs)
– under the Paris

A further focus of APCW 2021 is to
provide information on the UN’s Race
to Zero
and Race
to Resilience
campaigns, while ensuring that regional
voices are heard in the multilateral climate

Private businesses and investors —
some amongst the largest in the world — understand this
and have also pledged net-zero commitments and to put
sustainability at the heart of their business models
Mr. Sarmad said. “We encourage all nations to follow
this lead and to be even more ambitious. It is a race to
zero emissions, but it’s also a race to this grand
transition to a clean, green, climate-resilient economy and
lead the next great growth opportunity of this

APCW 2021 will focus on three key

-Integrating ambitious action in key economic
sectors into national planning
-Adapting to climate risks
and building resilience
-Seizing transformational
opportunities to put the region on a low-emission and highly
resilient development pathway

The APCW 2021 Virtual
Thematic Sessions
are part of a series of three Regional
Climate Weeks leading up to the COP26 UN Climate Change
Conference in November. They include virtual meetings for
the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Caribbean
(LACCW 2021) and Africa (ACW 2021). Middle East North Africa
Climate Week 2022 (MENA 2022) will follow COP26.

dedicated high-level session later this year will ensure
that outcomes from all Virtual Thematic Sessions are
captured and framed within the larger context of

More than 2500 people have registered for the
Virtual Thematic Sessions of APCW 2021 and the number is
growing fast. All stakeholders are invited to join
government ministers and senior representatives of
multilateral agencies and non-governmental organizations, as
well as civil society, including indigenous leaders and
youth at APCW 2021.


Organized every year in Latin America and the
Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Middle East and
North Africa, the Regional Climate Weeks are collaborative
platforms for government and non-Party stakeholders to
address climate issues under one umbrella and unity of
purpose. Bringing together diverse stakeholders from the
public and private sectors around a common goal of
addressing climate change is the primary aim of the Regional
Climate Weeks.


APCW 2021
is hosted by the Government of Japan and organized in
collaboration with global and regional partners – UN
Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, the World
Bank Group, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
Pacific (ESCAP), the Institute for Global Environmental
Strategies (IGES) and the Asian Development Bank


With 197 Parties, the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent
treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main
aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average
temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius
and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even
further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto
Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the
UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the
atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human
interference with the climate system, in a time frame which
allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable

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