MARCH 1, 2017
The Climate Change Commission is very pleased to announce that the President, as Chair of the Climate Change Commission, has already signed the Instrument of Accession to the Paris Agreement.
This Instrument was delivered to the Senate for its concurrence this afternoon.
The Accession follows the concurrence from 33 government agencies that are members of the Climate Change Commission Advisory Board.
According to Secretary and Vice Chairperson Vernice Victorio, the Commission and its Advisory Board strongly shares the President’s prioritization of climate justice and sustainable development and is confident that our accession to the Paris Agreement will allow the country to push for stronger compliance and transparency in the support provided by developed countries for climate action.
“As one of the most vulnerable developing countries to climate change, it is important that we remain a strong voice and advocate of principles of historical responsibility and common but differentiated responsibilities,” Victorio said.
The Commission believes that the country can further strengthen its stand and voice on these issues as a Party to the Paris Agreement.
The Agreement is hailed as raising global ambition on climate change, seeking to cap global average temperature increase to 1.5 ºC, a position that the Philippines strongly advocated for during the negotiations believing that this will encourage urgent action and mobilization of support on the part of developed countries.
A Declaration will accompany the country’s Accession that will ensure that our national laws and priorities will be upheld.
Included in this Declaration is an assertion of the supremacy of our national laws and statement laying the groundwork for comprehensive review of the Philippine Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted last October 2015.
“The review will include a wider consultation on the previously submitted conditional emission reduction pledge of 70% towards the development of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and will take into consideration our capacity to implement such contribution, support received from developed countries for climate action, and our development pathway,” Victorio added.
Should the Senate concur to the ratification before the climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany this year, the country can sit at the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Paris Agreement also known as CMA which will convene to hold a stocktake of the efforts that have been undertaken thus far to ensure smooth implementation of the Agreement.