03/28/2020, 17.17
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UN: Asia-Pacific development is not sustainable

GDP per capita is growing, but also the destruction and exhaustion of environmental resources. Half of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere are emitted in the region. Woodland continues to be lost. The UN calls for improvements in waste management and defense against natural disasters.

Bangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Asia-Pacific region is far from reaching the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations for 2030, a new study by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific reveals.

The economies of the area continue to grow. Their per capita GDP is more than double the global average, and at least 18 countries have made progress in reducing the internal wealth gap. The problem is that the destruction and depletion of environmental resources grows apace.

The share of renewable energy production has dropped to 16%, one of the lowest globally. Half of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere are emitted in this part of the globe: a value that has doubled since 2000 levels. 35% of the nations concerned continue to lose woodland.

According to Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN deputy secretary, the Asia-Pacific region is doing little to promote responsible consumption and production, and to tackle climate change. Alisjahbana urges the regional states to learn to use natural resources in a more sustainable way; improve the management of waste and chemicals; reinforce defenses against natural disasters; and adapt to new climate challenges through the adoption of integrated policies.

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