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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

05 December 2023

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Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Republic of Uzbekistan,  

Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, 

It is my pleasure to address you at this Conference.

I thank the Agency for Innovative Development, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Republic of Uzbekistan for jointly organizing and hosting this conference with APCTT in Tashkent.

We find ourselves on the brink of an environmental crisis, with the increasing frequency of extreme weather events and the impact of climate change. These challenges are no longer distant concerns but pressing realities.

The Asia-Pacific region, responsible for over half of global greenhouse gas emissions, is particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The urgency of addressing these challenges demands immediate action.

In the face of these environmental and societal impacts, green technologies emerge as the key to climate action and resilience. They encompass a diverse range of solutions, from the innovative applications of the fourth industrial revolution technologies to renewable energy and nature-based solutions.

Many of these technologies are not just options; they are becoming necessities in our battle against climate change. Referring to UNCTAD estimates, green frontier technologies, such as electric vehicles, solar and wind energy, and green hydrogen, are projected to reach a market value of $2.1 trillion in 2030. This is four times greater than their current value.

Despite this rapid increase, the pace of adoption of green technologies needs to be accelerated in Asia and the Pacific for the region to effectively transition to net zero and resilient economies.

As we know, addressing environmental challenges and adopting green technology cannot be an isolated effort. It requires collaboration among governments, industries, academia and civil society across the region.

The ESCAP Theme Study for this year session of the Commission underscores the importance of strengthening regional policy dialogues and technical cooperation for a low-carbon, climate-resilient transition. Countries need to explore innovative ways of collaboration to scale up and adopt green technologies to support climate resilience.

In conclusion, our regional efforts must align with global climate goals. By committing to action, sharing knowledge and experience, and working collaboratively, we can harness the transformative potential of green technologies. This is our path to a sustainable and climate-resilient future.

I look forward to the insightful discussions and collaborative efforts that will emerge from this conference. Together, we can make a difference and pave the way for a greener, more resilient future in the Asia-Pacific region.

Thank you very much.

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