IGES launched its "Asian Perspectives on Climate Regime Beyond 2012: Concerns, interests and priorities"
at the IGES side event of UNFCCC COP11 and COP/MOP1

5 December 2005
In 2005, IGES organised consultations on the national and regional basis in six Asian nations to establish their concerns, interest and priorities for the climate regime beyond 2012. The participating countries included: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam. The results of these consultations are summarised in this new publication, which was presented on 2 December at the IGES side event of COP11 and COP/MOP1. This side event attracted the international media and was a great success with nearly 150 participants in attendance.

In the series of the consultations, the participants mostly agreed that previous discussions on the climate regime were conducted in a non-transparent manner and did not adequately consider Asian interest, concerns, priorities and development needs. Participants emphasised, therefore, the future discussions on the design of the climate regime beyond 2012 should consider such Asian perspectives more effectively than before, especially in view of the region's growing influence on energy demands and GHG emissions due to rapid economic and population growth rate.

On the other hand, in most countries of the Asia-Pacific, prominence is given to issues associated with poverty alleviation, food security and development; hence climate change is not yet a high priority. Consultations also revealed both similarities and differences in the interests and concerns among countries in the region.

Ms. Megumi Kido
PR Officer, IGES
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