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A crucial campaign

February 28, 2015

The two-day state visit of French President François Hollande is a historic occasion not only because he is the first French head of state to visit Manila since the Philippines and France established diplomatic relations in 1947. It is doubly significant for its raison d’etre: Hollande is in town to secure the Philippines’ commitment to climate change protocols that are up for discussion in COP21, or the 21st annual session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework […]

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Legarda Urges A United Front Against Climate Change

February 27, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda today urged governments of the world to build a united front against climate change and has asked the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) to join the cause.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, made the call during a discussion with ICAPP Chairman Jose De Venecia, Jr., who said that he will convene the ICAPP to join a global alliance to fight climate change and its impacts.
 
“ICAPP Chairman De Venecia has readily agreed to […]

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FULL TEXT: Manila Call to Action on Climate Change

February 27, 2015

Below is the full text of the “Manila Call to Action on Climate Change,” a joint statement of the Philippines and France launched in Malacañang on February 26, 2015, on the occasion of the state visit of French President Francois Hollande.
Senator Loren Legarda and French actress Marion Cotillard, an environmental activist who is part of the French delegation, read the statement at the Palace ceremony.
(1) We, the heads of State of the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of […]

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Manila Call to Action on Climate Change

February 26, 2015

Joint Philippines-France Manila Call to Action on Climate Change
(1) We, the Heads of State of the Republic of the Philippines and of the Republic of France, along with leading individuals from different countries committed to climate action gathered in Manila today, wish to engage the international community, all stakeholders and world opinion, on the urgency of addressing climate change seriously, efficiently, and equitably.
 
(2) Less than a year ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework […]

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For a Call From Manila

February 26, 2015

Nicolas Hulot, French President François Hollande’s Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet
Loren Legarda, Chair of the Philippine Senate Committees on Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources
Published in the Huffington Post
In the Philippines as elsewhere around the world, climate change is driving risk and multiplying the impact of all the other drivers of risk such as poverty, population growth, poor urban planning and eco-system decline.
If good intentions were enough, then the Philippines would be a world leader in building […]

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The Consequences of Inaction

February 26, 2015

The Consequences of Inaction
Statement delivered by Senator Loren Legarda at the forum
“Towards COP 21: The civil society mobilized for the climate”
 26 February 2015 at the National Museum, Manila
 
President François Hollande,
Secretary Albert del Rosario,
Special Envoy Nicolas Hulot,
Commissioner Lucille Sering,
Distinguished guests,
Good afternoon.
 
I am grateful to President Hollande for the opportunity of addressing this forum.
 
This assembly bears a mark of distinction. Forty-three years ago on this day, then UN Secretary-General U Thant signed the Earth Day Proclamation. Margaret Mead, one of the co-signatories of […]

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Legarda Urges Action Vs. Climate Crisis at French President’s Visit

February 26, 2015

On the occasion of the historic first visit of a French President to the Philippines, Senator Loren Legarda today stressed the urgent need for nations to undertake collective action against climate change and its impacts.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Climate Change, and Environment and Natural Resources, highlights the consequences of inaction at the forum, “Towards COP 21: The civil society mobilized for the climate”, organized by the French Embassy as part of the state visit of French President Francois […]

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Legarda Looks Forward to Strengthened PHL-French Climate Cooperation with French President’s Visit

February 25, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the state visit of French President Francois Hollande to the Philippines would pave the way for a strong partnership on climate action between the two nations.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that the issue of climate change is a priority agenda during the visit of Hollande from February 26-27, 2015. A forum on climate change and the launch of a joint statement on climate action are among the highlights of […]

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Low Carbon Economy for a Livable Future

February 24, 2015

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA
Privilege Speech
Low Carbon Economy for a Livable Future
24 February 2015 | Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President,
 
Is low carbon economy our future?
 
Everyday, those of us living and working in Metro Manila have to spend an hour or two, or even more, just to go to work. On rainy days, it takes longer. The horrendous traffic on the road is the “normal scenario,” such that congestion in Metro Manila alone is costing us an equivalent of four percent of our GDP.
 
Cars […]

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Legarda Urges Gov’t to Shift to Low-Carbon Economy

February 23, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda today urged the government to consider a long-term transition to a low-carbon economy, noting that investments in clean energy and low-carbon infrastructure will determine the future of our nation and the future generations.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, stressed that the idea of a low-carbon economy may seem ideal at first but if we look at the worsening effects of conventional energy sources such as fossil fuels to our health and environment, it should […]

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