MADRID, 06 December 2019 — Deputy Speaker and Lone District of Antique Representative Loren Legarda is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa on December 6, 2019, Friday, in Madrid, Spain.
The meeting shall take place at the sidelines of the UNFCCC’s 25th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP25), where Legarda will serve as Head of the Philippine Delegation.
Deputy Speaker Legarda, who is also a UNFCCC National Adaptation Plan Champion, is expected to discuss with Executive Secretary Espinosa matters relating to climate finance, especially on the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the need for more readiness support facilities to access climate finance.
Other matters in the agenda include discussions on further collaboration between the Philippines and the UNFCCC Secretariat, which was sustained this year through the conduct of technical workshops and multi-stakeholder consultations on quality assurance of greenhouse gas inventory and climate finance needs assessment.
As a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), Legarda is also expected to highlight the partnership between the GCA and the UNFCCC Secretariat. The GCA flagship report, “Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,” which was launched in September 2019, cited findings that can contribute to ongoing climate talks, specifically on the need for scaled-up support for adaptation.
The meeting between Legarda and Espinosa is expected to deepen the relationship between the Philippines and the UNFCCC Secretariat towards enhancing collective action and empowering country stakeholders to be part of urgent efforts in addressing the impacts of climate change.
Legarda is a UNEP Laureate, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, and Member to the Governing Board of the Green Climate Fund.
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