On June 23, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang chaired two high-level events to strengthen joint efforts on climate change: a public dialogue - “Act on Climate:  Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) Celebration of Energy and Environment Cooperation” - moderated by Chairman of the Paulson Institute Hank Paulson; and a private Joint Session on Climate Change.

Additionally, the United States and China demonstrated progress by announcing over 50 outcomes reflecting concrete cooperation on climate change and clean energy, a number of them developed through the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG).  The CCWG was launched by Secretary Kerry and State Councilor Yang in 2013, and it is the premier mechanism for U.S.-China cooperation and dialogue on climate change. 

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The destruction brought by climate change is skewed toward the poor, exacerbating rising inequality in Asia and the Pacific. Narrowing Asia’s widening inequality should therefore lead the region’s development effort, and building resilience to climate change should anchor this effort, says Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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