The Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum serves as the premier gathering of policymakers, donors, practitioners, and other experts involved in enabling low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia. The inaugural Asia LEDS Forum, held in September 2012, was themed “Catalyzing an Era of Green Growth”. There, the Asia LEDS Partnership was launched to enhance regional coordination and to promote regional capacity building and knowledge-sharing on LEDS and green growth in Asia. The Asia LEDS Forum 2013 was themed “Putting LEDS into Practice”, and focused on sharing examples of implementation of LEDS in Asia, and early lessons learned. The Asia LEDS Forum 2014 brought together 250 policymakers, practitioners, and experts from 22 Asian and Pacific countries as well as international peers to discuss the latest low-carbon policies and actions that contribute to economic growth, job creation, and national development goals. At the Forums, members have identified regional priorities for action and collaboration, considering shared lessons, common challenges, and opportunities for impact. No Forum was held in 2015 to shift the frequency from every 12 months to every 18 months.
The focus of the Asia LEDS Forum 2016 will be to support countries in mobilizing finance (including capacity building towards development of investment plans and associated investment measures) to implement priority actions – included in intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs/NDCs) submitted by many countries leading up to the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris in 2015.
The Asia LEDS Forum 2016 aims to help Asia LEDS Partnership members, primarily those from developing Asian country governments, to better understand (and develop collaborations to address and advance):
• The scale of financing needed to implement actions that have been prioritized;
• Suitable financing sources and the means to access such funds; and
• Policy instruments, regulatory frameworks, and financing instruments available to drive public and private investment, behavior change, and decision-making of stakeholders in support of low-emission development priorities; and
• Involvement and assessment of needs of sub-national and local authorities in defining national government priorities and financing needs.
We expect that the Asia LEDS Forum 2016 will draw approximately 200-250 leaders working on LEDS and green growth from across the region, with approximately 30% originating from the host country. Main audiences include:
• National level policy-makers engaged in advancing LEDS and green growth, including those from Ministries of Planning, Climate Change/Environment, Finance, and key line ministries (e.g., in priority mitigation sectors for the region based on INDC review)
• Sub-national level policy-makers leading in LEDS and green growth
• International development partners and climate finance institutions active in this space
• Public sector financial institutions, including state banks and development finance institutions
• Private sector representatives (domestic and international), including commercial banks, institutional investors, impact investors, and LEDS-minded companies
• Other (e.g., technical and academic institutes, NGOs, foundations, experts)
This Forum is organized by the Asia LEDS Partnership and hosted by the Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP), Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the LEDS GP Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use (AFOLU) and Transport Working Groups.
Other participating organizations include the World Bank, United Nations – Technical University of Denmark Partnership (UNEP DTU), GIZ, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Center (RCC) for the Asia-Pacific, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability as incoming manager of the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat.
The objectives of the first Asia LEDS Forum held in September 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand were to enhance regional coordination on LEDS and green growth, identify priorities for promoting regional capacity building and knowledge-sharing, and establish an Asia regional LEDS network, the Asia LEDS Partnership. With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Thailand Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and a variety of other international and regional organizations, the event brought together more than 170 representatives of governments, civil society groups, businesses, and international partners from 17 Asian countries. The Asia LEDS Partnership was launched at the forum under the LEDS Global Partnership, and participants identified priorities for future Asia LEDS Partnership activities (see http://lowemissionsasia.org/forum2012/asia-leds-forum and http://ledsgp.org).
The Asia LEDS Partnership is now firmly established as a voluntary regional network comprised of organizations and individuals working to advance and implement low-carbon, climate-resilient development in Asia. To date, the Asia LEDS Partnership has responded to priorities identified during the first Asia LEDS Forum by organizing a regional workshop on access to climate financing, initiating a regional mapping of LEDS expertise and creation of a LEDS knowledge-base, developing a new regional LEDS training platform, and initiating plans for workshops on specific LEDS topics.
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