Manila, 5 November 2022 (TDI): Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo released a statement on the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC).

From 6-18 November 2022, nations and stakeholders will gather in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to pave the way for future ambition to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change.

Foreign Affairs Secretary, Enrique A. Manalo remarks

Foreign Affairs Secretary said that it is crucial for the Philippines to actively participate in COP27 as the country is the party in Paris Agreement.

He mentioned the words of the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., “climate change is here and now” and “there is no other problem so global in nature that it requires a united effort, one led by the United Nations.”

Moreover, he added that the Philippines contributes only 1% to global greenhouse gas emissions, however, the Philippines is one of the most highly disaster-prone countries in the world.

Every year, our country experiences on average 148 natural extreme events which put Filipino people’s welfare and their lives in danger, he added.

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He continued his statement by saying that these are reasons the Philippines have been actively advocating climate resilience.

During COP 27, the Philippines will continue to articulate our needs and demands with a view toward translating them into agreed policies and actions that leave no one behind.

While explaining the vulnerability of developing countries to the adverse effects of climate change, he urged developed countries to fulfill their obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement

Secretary Manalo stressed that, aside from setting the New Collective Quantified Goal of USD 100 billion for climate finance assistance to developing & underdeveloped countries.

They should lay down the strategies and policies to address climate change effectively. He underscored that now is the time to translate our words into concrete actions.

At COP 27, world leaders should transcend differences and draw strength from our common humanity and interests by uniting for actions to address the adverse effects of climate change, Enrique Manalo added.

Appreciation to the UN and Egypt

In conclusion, he appreciated the UN and the Egyptian government for their outstanding work for COP 27 and expressed strong support and commitment to the success of this venture.