Official Statement on the Senate Concurrence to the Accession to the Paris Agreement
14 March 2017
The Climate Change Commission would like to commend and thank the Senate, led by Senator Loren Legarda as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Paris Agreement and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for its expeditious concurrence to the Accession of the Paris Agreement. This reflects the sense of global urgency needed to hold the increase in the global average temperature to 1.5 ºC above pre-industrial levels agreed under the Paris Agreement, which the Philippines strongly advocated for.
The concurrence of the Senate follows the signing of the Instrument of Accession by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte upon the endorsement of 33 government agencies that are members of the Climate Change Commission Advisory Board.
With its accession to the Agreement, the Philippines confirms its commitment towards global climate action and affirms its leadership in pushing developed countries to undertake more ambitious action and to provide more support to developing countries.
The instrument of accession will be deposited to the United Nations in time for the climate negotiations in May. Meanwhile, the Commission shall work on finalizing and later on mainstreaming our country’s obligations under the Agreement into national policies, plans, and programs.