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Policy Brief: Enabling ambitious climate action in Asia-Pacific – What progress, what next?

The Asia-Pacific region is at a critical stage of its development. Accelerated economic growth has brought remarkable social benefits for the region’s poor, however, those achievements are on the backbone of the fragile regional ecosystems’ health. The impacts of growing climate risks require decisive responses to ensure resilience as well as decarbonization.

Based on the 2015 Paris Agreement, the current expression of the response to climate change of each UN member state is through their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This policy brief presents the state of ambition of NDCs across Asia and the Pacific region and enabling factors that can help countries raise ambition and implementation based on a review and analysis carried out by ESCAP, UNEP and Greenwerk.