Feb19

UK SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE SIR DAVID KING VISITS MANILA

Author // Christopher Estallo

Speaks at the First Joint Forum of Senate and House on Legislators Role In Climate Action

The UK Special Representative for Climate Change Sir David King made a presentation at the joint Forum of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and the House Committee on Ecology entitled "Politics of Climate Change and 21st Century Challenges" held at the National Museum February 19, 2014.

The UK Special Representative for Climate Change Sir David King made a presentation at the joint Forum of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and the House Committee on Ecology entitled "Politics of Climate Change and 21st Century Challenges" held at the National Museum February 19, 2014.

"This is the first time that Senate and the House of Representatives hold talks on climate change to see how legislation could push for national and global commitments," Committee on Ecology Chair Congressman Amado Bagatsing highlighted in his opening and welcome statement.

"As lawmakers, we have the duty to craft policies towards sustainable development, environmental protection, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction and management," says Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and the Chairperson for the Senate of GLOBE Philippines. "However, our task as legislators does not end with the passage of laws. It's time to move these laws to action," Legarda continues as she welcomes and opens the forum.

Sir David King in his presentation stressed that all countries should reduce carbon emission by 3.2 percent annually to be able to reduce the current rate at 50 percent by 2015 but current data shows that emissions are off track towards end of target. "If we delay, we lose the ability to manage the challenge," warns Sir David King. He described lobbying for country level commitment such as the Green Climate Fund, to be a diplomatic challenge. "We are all in this together, but some of us have bigger responsibilities," he says.

The common bond of climate change legislation and preparedness units us all," says Representative Susan Yap, Co-chair of GLOBE. "It believes that legislators have a critical role to play in holding their own governments to account for the commitments that are made during international negotiations," concluded Congresswoman Yap.

Over 175 participants attended the forum and among them are GLOBE Philippines' key leaders, namely: Senator Cynthia Villar, Congressmen Rufus Rodriguez, Agapito Guanlao, Lawrence Lemuel Fortun, Ferdinand Hernandez, and Congresswoman Malou Acosta-Alba. Congressmen Yeng Guiao and Nelson Dayanghirang were among the non-GLOBE members who attended the forum. Commisioner Naderev Saño of the Climate Change Commission also joins the panel of discussants.

GLOBE Philippines co-organized the event with support from the British Embassy Manila.

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Christopher Estallo

Christopher Estallo

Director for GLOBE Philippines

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