The following is an excerpt from the statement of the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN, H.E. Ms. Lourdes O. Yparraguirre:
Climate change is not just a question of environmental policy, or economic policy, nor simply a political issue. It is our defining concern. The opportunity in COP21 in Paris this December could conclude a universal, equitable and ambitious climate deal (…)
It is also noted that the review by the UNFCCC show that the 2° C goal needs to be strengthened to 1.5° C. This has been the advocacy of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), of which the Philippines is currently President. As a group of 20 largely least developing countries, small island developing states and middle income economies, the CVF is a shining example of South-South cooperation in addressing climate change. The CVF has been able to contribute to the UNFCCC review through the submission of a series of important reports into the dangers of a 2° C world for human rights, workplace health and productivity, and migration and displacement.
Photo: Philippines islands after Typhoon Haiyan – source: UK Department for International Development – license CC BY 2.0