Approximately 170 experts and government officials from 38 countries and more than two dozen international institutions, development organizations, universities, technical institutes, and businesses met in Pattaya, Thailand from February 27 to March 1, 2013, to share knowledge and experiences, identify new priorities, and strengthen a growing international network on low emission development strategies (LEDS). At the second annual LEDS Global Partnership workshop, entitled “Learning and Leading on LEDS”, practitioners and policymakers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America presented real-world case studies and good practices, engaged in facilitated group discussions on priority themes, and developed action plans to improve coordination on low emission development across programs and countries. The USAID Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program provided technical and logistical support for the workshop.
Representatives from Asia played prominent roles at the event, leading discussions and demonstrating significant progress made with the recently established Asia LEDS Partnership, one of three regional platforms under the LEDS Global Partnership. The workshop increased access to technical resources and expertise and affirmed that peer-to-peer exchange and a bottom-up, demand-driven approach are highly effective means of engaging with countries to advance the LEDS agenda. USAID, US State Department, US Forest Service, and US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory play key roles in the Partnership, in cooperation with other donors and governments.