COP26: Locsin calls for climate solutions to “save the planet”
MANILA – Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Monday called for solutions to curb global warming as world leaders and advocates gather in Glasgow, Scotland for the high-level conference United Nations (UN) on climate.
In a video message to the 26th UN Conference of the Parties (COP26), Locsin called for the implementation of the 2015 Paris agreement to limit global warming, saying that all countries, large and small , have been hit hard by the effects of climate change.
“This is the world’s ultimate effort to save the planet. Let’s do this Paris rulebook, ”Locsin said.
“Successful COPs will consist of fine-tuning solutions or speeding them up. Think of an uncontrollable plane in a downward spiral. The crash is approaching; all we have is little hope that the same people responsible for this predicament, and now at COP26, will be the hands that make the plane land safely.
Quoting President Rodrigo Duterte’s message to the 75th United Nations General Assembly, Locsin spoke of the “greatest injustice” where the people who have suffered most from the climate fallout are “least responsible” for the crisis.
Locsin echoed Duterte’s call for developed countries to meet their commitment to climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building in developing countries, calling it “a moral obligation that cannot be avoided” .
“He was rightly indignant:” The greatest injustice here is that those who suffer the most are those who are least responsible for this existential crisis … of humanity. Developed countries must live up to their long-standing commitment to climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building in the developing world. It is a moral obligation that cannot be avoided, ”Locsin said, citing Duterte.
Claiming that people are “guilty of destroying the planet” and have also “created the conditions” for the “spontaneous generation” of COVID-19, he called for collaborative measures to combat the effects of climate change.
“Unlike climate change in the past, we can give credit to natural causes, current climate change and accelerated global warming have been brought about by human hands. We are here for the present; even more for the future, ”said Locsin.
As part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the Philippines has pledged to reduce greenhouse gases by 75% by 2030 for the agriculture, waste, industry, transportation sectors. and energy.
Of this number, 2.71% are unconditional, referring to measures using resources mobilized at the national level, while 72.29% are conditional, referring to policies and measures that require support or the means of implementation. under the Paris Agreement.