High Level Event: 2° C goal needs to be strengthened to 1.5° C

Statement by Philippines on the 30 June 2015 High Level Event: 2° C goal needs to be strengthened to 1.5° C

NEW YORK: 30 June 2015

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Read the full statement on the website of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations

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

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