PHL, France agree to continue addressing climate change

Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Filed under: World News
(PARIS, France) President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived here Wednesday morning for a two-day official visit to hold bilateral talks and meetings with leading French businessmen. President Aquino and members of the official delegation arrived at about 10:05 a.m. (4:05 p.m. in Manila) via a chartered flight.

(PARIS, France) President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived here Wednesday morning for a two-day official visit to hold bilateral talks and meetings with leading French businessmen. President Aquino and members of the official delegation arrived at about 10:05 a.m. (4:05 p.m. in Manila) via a chartered flight.

PARIS, France, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) – The Philippines and France have agreed on the need for concrete and effective results for climate talks in order to move forward efforts in dealing with the threats of climate change.

During a bilateral meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and French Republic President Francois Hollande here on Wednesday, both leaders committed to work closely to adopt a new agreement applicable to all countries during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change to be hosted by France in 2015.

“Mindful of the need for rational and responsible action, the President and I talked about the threat of climate change and the need for concrete and effective results for climate talks,” President Aquino said in his statement following the meeting.

Both leaders affirmed the importance of continuing efforts to address climate change, with the overall objective of limiting the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, and reiterated the invitation to parties who are ready to do so to provide their contributions to the 2015 agreement by the end of the first quarter next year.

President Aquino and President Hollande underscored during their talks the need to push the adaptation and means of implementation in order to meet the needs and concerns of countries most vulnerable to climate change.

“We live in a single planet; and it is incumbent upon all of us – especially for the countries that have the capacity to contribute significantly to combating climate change – to come up with an equitable mechanism that every nation, every corporation and every individual will adhere to,” President Aquino said.

“Typhoon Haiyan should not be the new norm, and it is our collective responsibility, therefore, to ensure that we bequeath a safer, more inclusive, and more resilient world to the next generation,” he added.

They also discussed the focus of the work of the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) in supporting Philippine efforts in fighting climate change, helping in the protection of the environment and contributing to sustainable development programs and projects in line with the country’s development priorities.

Recalling the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, President Aquino expressed the appreciation of his administration and the Filipino people for the timely and generous response of the French government, non-government organizations, private companies and individuals to help the victims of the natural disaster.

On the efforts to rebuild areas devastated by the super typhoon, the two leaders expressed their common interest to continue French support for reconstruction and rehabilitation of typhoon-hit areas as determined by the Philippine government. (MNS)

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