Two billion people in Asia and the Pacific lack access to clean water and sanitation. Neeta Pokhrel, ADB Chief of Water Sector Group, shares how the bank plans to scale up financing at COP27 to build resilience across the region.


We are here at COP27 to launch the Asia [and the] Pacific Water Resilience Initiative.

Asia [and the] Pacific is the most disaster-impacted region in the world, which also has the least per capita availability of water. So far, the policymakers and climate actors have been setting the agenda, though most impacts of change is felt through water.

Now it’s time to shift that onto the actors on the ground - the water managers and service providers, and equip them with financing that they need, and build their capacity rapidly so they’re able to implement it, and the initiative is just about that.