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The Global Development Network worked together with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies to develop a discussion paper on regional adaptation planning which was shared at the at the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2018 from 18-19 July 2018 in Yokohama, Japan.
The forum commemorated IGES’s 20th year and focused on how to make the Paris Climate Accord a welcome and attainable reality for the countries involved. Though discussion, examination and innovation of existing and new strategies, the forum aimed to integrate the SDGs into non-environmental sectors of businesses, technology and academia to help countries more easily transform into low-carbon societies.
The paper made the case that regional adaptation planning – based on geographical and natural resource conditions, rather than political boundaries – will be most impactful in combating climate change. The paper proposed that regions and sub-regions must increase cooperation to recognize transboundary climate threats and identify mutually beneficial opportunities. It was one of several flagship reports highlighting transformational opportunities for international development partners, including governments, business, academia and civil society, to work together on realising a safe, inclusive and sustainable future.
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