THE Philippines’ climate change advocacy was brought to the fore at the 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany.
The Philippine Delegation to COP23, composed of officials from Philippine Government agencies handling climate change-related issues, together with Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman of the Climate Change Commission attended the UNFCCC.
The representatives of various countries, including the Philippines, are currently drawing up a comprehensive rule book that would facilitate the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change from 2020 and beyond.
“The Philippines’ active involvement in this year’s climate talks signifies our steadfast commitment to realize the principles that we have championed in the Paris Agreement, which we ratified early this year. This is yet again a manifestation of our commitment to climate justice—to make the developed and industrialized countries answer for contributing the most to global warming and climate change—as well as a testament of our solidarity to the call for greater and more ambitious global climate action,” Sen. Loren Legarda said.
Philippine Ambassador to Germany Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, for her part, welcomed the country’s strong participation in COP23.
“We are glad to welcome all our delegates, led by Senator Legarda and Secretary De Guzman, to Bonn. In the past few days, they have been engaged in a series of fora and workshops which are, of course, crucial in the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement,” the Ambassador said.
Together with other leaders and climate change experts, Legarda also had the opportunity to spell out the Philippines’ commitments and strategy on climate change on the sidelines of COP23.