Transitions toward a resilient and net-zero ASEAN Community: Insights from the ASEAN State of Climate Change Report


On 11 November, IGES released a video on the ASEAN State of Climate Change Report (ASCCR). The ASCCR initiated and coordinated by the ASEAN Secretariat, together with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), under the purview of the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC) and the ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment (ASOEN). It was made possible with immense support from the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

The video features congratulatory speeches and comments on the completion of the report by H.E. Kung Phoak, Former Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community of the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Yutaka Shoda, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of the Environment Japan, and Mr. Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director of IGES. In their remarks, they each touch on the background and future prospects of this report, and emphasise the importance of the report as a major step towards decarbonisation and sustainable development in the ASEAN region. Following these remarks, IGES Policy Researcher Dr. Yosuke Arino, an author of the ASCCR, provides an overview of the report and its key points.

As emphasised in statements and by actions of ASEAN countries widely reported at COP26 in Glasgow, the ASEAN region will become increasingly important for global decarbonisation. Against this backdrop, this is the first science-based report to provide a clear picture of the current status of ASEAN countries with respect to both climate change mitigation and adaptation, and a concrete roadmap for 2030 and 2050.

We hope that this video provides people with a better understanding of the significance and overview of the report.