NESDB considers climate

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Thailand is poised to join the global campaign to tackle climate change and plans to include the efforts in the country's 12th national economic and social development plan.

Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, said the government's planning unit would apply the guidelines in a "New Climate Economy" report in drafting the next national development plan.

Thailand is now implementing the 11th national economic and social development plan (2012-16).

"The report has sent a message to government and private-sector leaders — we can grow our economy and tackle climate change at the same time," said Mr Arkhom.

Issued on Tuesday by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the report, which focuses on the global aggregate rather than individual countries, charts the path that the world economy must take over 15 years.

The study by former heads of government, business leaders, economists and other experts said the next 15 years were critical for a major shift to clean energy to combat global warming and cut health bills from pollution.

It is meant to guide world leaders at climate summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon next Tuesday.

Almost 200 nations are working on a UN pact set to be agreed in Paris late next year to rein in rising greenhouse gas emissions. Progress on tackling global warming has been slow despite two decades of work.

Cities are home to half the planet's 7.2 billion people, generate 80% of global economic growth and account for 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, but many urban areas are sprawling out of control, the report said.

The next 15 years are vital because "the global economy will grow by more than half, 1 billion more people will live in cities and new technology will change businesses and lives".