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ASEAN – UNITED STATES: Washington reaffirms its commitment to climate change in Southeast Asia

Few diplomatic results came out of the Asean-United States summit which was held on May 12 and 13 in Washington. The inability – or lack of will – of the Southeast Asian regional organization in the face of the Burmese crisis has once again proved to be evident. The incumbent chairman of ASEAN, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, even strongly criticized the Burmese democratic opposition.

One of the important aspects, however, will have been the reaffirmation of the American commitment to the climate in Asia. Here are some examples. We are republishing here information provided by the United States government.

– Invest in clean energy infrastructure: Through the Southeast Asia Smart Power Program, the United States will invest $40 million to leverage $2 billion in blended finance for clean energy infrastructure in Southeast Asia, which will decarbonize and strengthen the region’s electricity system, increase regional energy trade and accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies.

– United States – ASEAN Initiative for the Future of Forests: The United States is committed to working with ASEAN to combat deforestation and accelerate the region’s transition to sustainable, climate-friendly forest-based economies – a critical step to achieving ASEAN countries’ climate goals and development.

– Mobilize financing at scale: US Launches New Platform, Bringing Together Forest Investor Club Members, US and ASEAN Financial Sector Leaders, Conservation and Community Engagement Organizations, Agriculture and Forestry Companies and Governments , in order to propose a coordinated approach for the financing of natural capital. This initiative, subject to appropriate procedures and requirements, aims to mobilize $1 billion in capital investment across the region in support of sustainable forestry, forest restoration and responsible land use.

– ASEAN Roundtable on Nature Finance Innovation: The U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of State, and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation will convene an ASEAN Nature Finance Innovation Roundtable to catalyze the use of innovative financial mechanisms and to mobilize additional funds to support the long-term conservation, restoration and sustainable management of critical ecosystems in Southeast Asia.

– US-ASEAN Climate Solutions Center: The United States is launching a United States-ASEAN Climate Solutions Hub, which will provide technical assistance to ASEAN countries to accelerate the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and related climate change strategies. low-emission and resilience development. This demand-driven initiative will support the deployment of renewable energy, decarbonization of the transportation sector, methane reduction efforts, and sustainable agriculture, forestry, and land management. It will also support the development of energy and land-use frameworks and measures that mobilize public and private finance and achieve just transitions.

– The U.S.-ASEAN Transportation Dialogue Partnership: The Department of Transportation will launch new air, land, and sea transportation programs that promote safety, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, regional connectivity, and emerging transportation technologies.

– The United States – ASEAN Alliance for the Conservation of Protected Areas : The Department of the Interior, including the National Park Service, will work with its counterparts in Southeast Asia to expand conservation and reverse deforestation. U.S. rangers will travel to Southeast Asia to share best practices and improve protected area management across the region, with a focus on nature-based climate solutions, sustainable tourism, and wildlife management. visitors, traditional knowledge and access to resources, as well as transboundary habitat connectivity.

– Promote investments in climate-smart infrastructure: The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is launching new initiatives to catalyze more than $13 billion in funding for clean energy projects that advance ASEAN’s ‘net zero’ goals, all by mobilizing over $1 billion in public and private funding for investments in digital infrastructure and smart cities in Southeast Asia.

Space cooperation : The United States will invest in the SERVIR initiative to share satellite data across ASEAN in support of climate monitoring and environmental prediction, disaster management, and food security analysis.

– Reduction of methane emissions: The United States is committed to working with Southeast Asian nations to reduce the region’s methane emissions. The United States welcomed the joining of Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore to the Global Methane Pledge at COP-26, and we are accelerating technical assistance, financial resources, and development of the project pipeline for methane mitigation in Global Methane Pledge countries, including through EPA, USTDA, DFC and EXIM, as well as the newly created Global Methane Hub , a philanthropic fund that can support methane mitigation priorities in the region.

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