In its role as Secretariat of the Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership, the USAID LEAD program, in collaboration with the Indonesia National Council on Climate Change, organized the first in-person meeting of the Partnership’s Steering Committee on March 1, 2013 in Pattaya, Thailand, on the sidelines of the LEDS Global Partnership second annual workshop.
Representatives of Asian governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations reviewed the Asia LEDS Partnership annual work plan, including proposals for collaborative trainings and peer-to-peer exchanges, mapping of low emission initiatives in Asia, engagement with other regional organizations, and facilitating access to LEDS resources in multiple languages and media such as webinars, case studies, videos, and online portals. The governments of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam were represented, as well as partner organizations including the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, United Nations agencies, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Clean Air Asia, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The Asia LEDS Partnership, established in September 2012, serves as a platform to promote and enable low emission, climate resilient development across South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, and the Pacific. Representatives from the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia and the Indonesia National Council on Climate Change serve as the Co-Chairs.