Catherine Chen, Huawei Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the Board

Fostering Green Recovery Towards More Inclusive Economies in Asia

How to rebuild and transform economies post COVID-19 while  confronting the climate crisis? The pandemic reminded us of the impact humanity has had on the  environment, making green recovery essential. Cleaner air quality and effective waste  management can help generate economic growth, while improving resilience of communities to  global pandemics. Digital technologies also have the ability to reduce energy consumption and  emissions across a number of industries, from the use of big data to IoT solutions, and can  empower renewable energies via the use of AI solutions.  

Asia Pacific, excluding China, comprises nearly half of the world’s population and about 25% of  the world’s GDP in 2019, which exhibits a collective appeal for new ICT infrastructure, an integrated approach to sustainable and inclusive development, and renewed optimism for green economic models. 

“We firmly believe that technology must be used for the good of the planet, our one and only home.”,  said Catherine Chen, Huawei Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the Board. She emphasized the importance of tackling climate change and highlighted Huawei’s contribution to reducing carbon emissions, pursuing new renewable energy resources, and supporting circular  economy through green ICT solutions. “I am fully confident in not only our ability to drive technology forward, but also in the global community’s ability and determination to build a harmonious  elationship with nature.”, she stated. 

In order to align with the Paris Agreement support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Huawei  commits to minimizing its environmental impact in production, operations, and throughout the  lifecycles of its products and services. As a part of our commitment to innovative technology for a  better planet, we aim to save resources and drive industries to build a low-carbon society.  

The event featured speakers from Governments and International organizations from the Asia  Pacific region, including: Dr. Vong Sok, Head of the Environment Division and Assistant Director  of Sustainable Development Director at the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Yeon-chul Yoo, Ambassador  for Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Asad Naqvi, the  Head of Secretariat of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE-UNEP), Ma Aimin,  Deputy Director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation  at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, Hyoeun Jenny Kim, Deputy Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Meng Liu, Head of Asia  Pacific Networks at the United Nations Global Compact. 

“The event clearly articulated the challenges and opportunities of a post-COVID recovery  consistent with the pressing demands of climate change and other environmental imperatives. It  envisaged a green growth agenda being possible through committed partnerships between  governments, businesses and civil society organizations.”, said Richard Welford, Senior Advisor  at ELEVATE. 

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