On 30 November, IGES and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a new Cooperation Arrangement with the purpose of further strengthening their relationship. The organisations were represented by Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES, and Bambang Susantono, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB who took part in an online signing ceremony. The ties between the two organisations stretch back a decade, to when they signed a letter of intent in December 2010, in order to cooperate in support of environmentally sustainable growth throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Over that time they have collaborated on a number of programmes and projects intended to assist developing countries reach their national and regional environmental objectives.
With the most recent agreement, IGES and ADB stated their commitment to cooperate on tackling climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability in the Asia-Pacific region. The comparative advantages of the organisations are complementary, with ADB as a development finance and policy support institution, and IGES generating strategic research products on environment and development, providing capacity building, and engaging in project and programme development. ADB and IGES will select and develop collaborative activities, and enhance information and knowledge sharing, including lessons learned.
The two principal areas of cooperation between the organisations are climate change (including Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and other carbon markets, transparency for climate action and support, co-benefits, and the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform, and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network), and environmental management (including the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable cities and infrastructure, sustainable consumption and production and circular economy, and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis). The specific forms of cooperation may include exchange of information, joint events and meetings, consultations, training, capacity building, publications, sharing of best practices, and joint analytical work.
About the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution established in 1966 and owned by its 68 members. ADB’s main goal is to achieve a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific region, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.