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Asian nations should work together to accelerate decarbonization

Effective climate action would boost region's economies and create jobs

| East Asia
Workers install solar panels at the Gujarat Solar Park in Patan, India. Renewables will create jobs across the value chain.   © AP

Kevin Rudd is global president of the Asia Society and convener of the High-Level Policy Commission on Getting Asia to Net Zero. He is a former prime minister of Australia. Ban Ki-moon is a member of the commission and deputy chair of global working group The Elders. He was previously secretary-general of the United Nations.

The fate of our planet's future lies in Asia. It is not only the world's manufacturing workshop. It is also becoming the world's biggest consumer, driven by the presence of the globe's largest population and many of its fastest-growing economies.

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