June 18, 2023 Sunday
BONN, GERMANY, 18 June 2023 –The Philippines and the Group of 77 (G77) through its Chair Cuba have committed to work closely and further reinforce coordination in order to advance the positions of developing nations in all relevant meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Meeting at the sidelines of the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB58) of UNFCCC here, Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, Head of Delegation of the Philippines, and Group of 77 Chair Ambassador Pedro L. Pedroso Cuesta and Head of Delegation of Cuba, both reaffirmed the importance of the Group of 77 in advancing the positions of developing nations, particularly in relation to delivery of Means of Implementation as well as on Loss and Damage.
Secretary Borje and Ambassador Cuesta renewed the commitment of both delegations to work closely together and further reinforce coordination in the leadup to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UNFCCC in the United Arab Emirates, noting that COP28 is a valuable opportunity to build on the gains of G77 and COP27 in Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt.
Both Officials discussed the need to further strengthen the positions of developing nations in loss and damage as well as in scaling and speeding up the delivery of commitments of industrialized nations to developing nations in terms of capacity building, technology development and transfer, as well as climate finance.
“Developing nations need to work even more closely under the ambit of the G77 to better articulate principled positions on climate change and make even more resonant our message on living up to commitments under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement,” said Secretary Borje.
“The Philippines appreciates the work of Cuba as Chair of G77 and we will ensure we are a constructive partner to the Chair and to the G77 in advancing our shared objectives,” he added.
For updates on the Philippines’ participation in SB58, visit the Climate Change Commission’s website at https://climate.gov.ph and www.facebook.com/cccphl.