July 06, 2022 Wednesday
MANILA, 6 July 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is set to meet bilateral and multilateral development partners to push for broader, results-oriented collaboration for stronger Philippine climate change resiliency.
CCC will convene ‘Strengthening Partnerships for Climate-Resilient Philippines’ on 7 July 2022 to take stock of existing climate change partnerships and determine ways to optimise international partnerships for a more climate-resilient Philippines.
“This will be the first meeting with Philippine development partners since the inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. who made clear his guidance regarding national responsibility and international engagement in order to address the challenges of climate change,” said Secretary Robert E.A. Borje of the Climate Change Commission.
“President Marcos has recognized the principle of “Common But Differentiated Responsibilities” of States and, while stating that the Philippines is a responsible member of the international community, stresses that it’s the responsibility of States responsible for climate change to do more,” said Secretary Borje.
“This is climate justice in no uncertain terms. It’s a principled position because, as President Marcos said, the Philippines has a relatively small carbon footprint but we bear the impact of climate change. The CCC will be guided by President Marcos’ guidance and vision of building a more climate-resilient Philippines through stronger international partnerships,” he added.
CCC Secretary Borje will lead the meeting highlighting the importance of building and fostering multilateral and bilateral partnerships for climate resilience.
He will be joined by Finland’s Ambassador Juha Marku Pyykkö.
Representatives from the embassies of Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America will also be present.
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NDC Partnership, United Nations Development Programme Philippines (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United States Agency for International Development Philippines (USAID), and the World Bank are also sending representatives, to share the status and progress on their climate change initiatives in the Philippines.
Currently, the Philippines has ongoing partnerships with GGGI for the ‘Climate-Resilient and Inclusive Green Growth’, and IOM for ‘Accelerating Implementation in the Agricultural Value Chain in Oriental Mindoro’, both in the form of technical assistance amounting to US $519,094.
“We are hopeful that the meeting will provide fresh impetus to collaborative climate change efforts aimed at delivering results,” said Secretary Borje.
As the lead policy-making body of the government on climate change, the Commission recognizes the importance of coordinating and synchronizing climate change programs with national government agencies and other stakeholders, such as foreign embassies and development partners.