Legarda: Climate Vulnerable Nations to Convene in Phl Senate

August 14, 2016

Members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will convene at the Philippine Senate on Monday, August 15, 2016, 9:30 am, for a High-Level Climate Policy Forum and to turnover the CVF Presidency from the Philippines to Ethiopia.

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, and the Climate Change Commission, headed by Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, will lead the event that will be attended by CVF Troika Plus and CVF-V20 member ministers and senior officials, CVF expert advisors, legislators, high-level policymakers, and resource experts.

“What does the Paris Agreement mean to vulnerable countries? Why do we need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? This forum will tackle how we can improve climate action and how we can keep our international commitments. As nations whose development are greatly affected by the warming climate, we must look at a low carbon economy as our future,” said Legarda.

Lectures in the forum include how vulnerable countries can influence the climate negotiations; the impact of climate change on agriculture; enhancing cooperation on climate action among CVF members; and the political and development opportunity of climate action.

The CVF is also expected to launch the Low Carbon Monitor, a global report on the impacts of a warming climate and the crucial path towards low-emissions development.

The CVF is a group of 43 developing countries that are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of climate change. It is the primary international cooperation body where developing countries from any region collaborate in order to advance their common issues at international level.

The Philippines, which was the Chair of the CVF during the 21st Climate Change Conference in Paris last December, was among the most influential countries that helped craft the Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and possibly not more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.