Delivering on COP21 and the global goals in the world’s most populous region calls for breakthrough partnerships
The quest for global sustainability will be won – or lost – in Asia. Home to six of the world’s most highly populated economies and nearly half of the world’s megacities, Asia Pacific accounted for more than half of the world’s population in 2015, according to the Asian Development Bank. It is an incredibly diverse region, encompassing countries from Pakistan, China and Cambodia to Vanuatu, Indonesia and New Zealand.
The region now consumes more than 40% of the world’s energy – yet nearly a quarter of its people still live in poverty. Although the pace of growth across the region as a whole did slow this year, six out of the top 10 of Bloomberg’s 20 fastest-growing economies in 2015 were in Asia – and south Asia was named by the World Bank as the fastest-growing region in the world.
Continuing to grow while meeting its huge development challenges puts rising pressure on an already strained environment. And as if that weren’t challenge enough, Asia Pacific is also the region of the world most vulnerable...