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The Asian Development Bank, in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, delivered the Asia Leadership Program on 2-3 March at the ADB Institute in Tokyo, Japan.
The Program aimed to contribute to poverty alleviation by inspiring leadership and empowering participants through the acquisition of regionally relevant insights and skills. Highly interactive learning methods allowed the Program to act as a change agent in stimulating participants to integrate sustainable development and climate change (SD&CC) priorities into policies, strategies, and programs.
Ultimately, the Program aimed to empower and challenge leaders to create solutions that drive positive change in their countries. The Program featured sessions on Leadership in the context of Global Sustainable Development, Climate Change Challenges, Innovations in Technology, Finance, and Policies to Achieve Sustainable and Resilient Cities.
Dr. Bindu Lohani (6th from left front row), ADB Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development and Joris van Etten (2nd from right, 2nd row), CDIA Program Coordinator, were two of the 18 resource persons.
“The Program provided a wonderful opportunity to engage intensively with very senior governmental officials. Over a period of 2 days we discussed a large number of important issues related to climate change and sustainable development. It was very encouraging to see the level of interest of the participants in the role cities have to play in working towards sustainable development,” said Mr. van Etten.