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Loren gets ready to do battle for PH in latest climate change talks

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Senator Loren Legarda on Sunday vowed to advance the interest of the country in this year’s United Nations climate talks to ensure the resilience of vulnerable countries, such as the Philippines, against the impactb of climate change.

Legarda will be the head of the Philippine delegation, taking over the role from Climate Change Sec. Emmanuel M. De Guzman, to the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany slated on Nov. 13 to 17.

The Philippines has a lot at stake in this year’s climate change negotiations which will focus on the drafting of a rulebook on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change from 2020 onwards.

“In all of my engagements, the message will be clear: climate change has taken too many lives and destroyed too much of our environment—a source of basic commodities and livelihoods to many. Without proper interventions, we continually subject ourselves to climate and disaster risks. And in order to implement the necessary interventions, we need the technology, knowledge, skills, and financing to safeguard the welfare of our fellow Filipinos,” Legarda said.

“This is the message that we, as a developing country, would like to get across to the global community. I hope this call that carries the voice of the vulnerable would be supported by many,” she added.

The Philippines’ active involvement in this year’s climate talks signifies the government’s commitment to realize the principles in the Paris Agreement which was ratified early this year, the senator said.

As head of the country’s delegation, Legarda will deliver the Philippine statement during the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference which will be attended by dignitaries, ministers and other senior officials of the 197 member-countries.