Palace official pushes broader climate change protection

June 30, 2009 9:11 am 

MANILA, June 30 — Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change Secretary Heherson T. Alvarez today said the Philippines is pushing for broader climate change protection.

Alvarez was reacting to a statements from an international non-government organization (NGO) that urged the Philippines to firmly ally itself with other countries instead of standing alone and pushing for its own proposals for global reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“In the forum of nations, both great and small, we must seek to define our interest and protect it. That is our mandate in the UNFCCC. To protect that interest, we must seek the support of nations whose interests are compatible with ours,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez is the country’s chief climate change negotiator to the on-going United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

Alvarez explained that the nation’s position to avert creeping climate change involving deep and early cuts by Annex 1 countries was borne out of the country’s historic experience as an archipelagic low-lying country visited by 20 escalating typhoons each year, an experience shared by other countries, especially in the ASEAN.

“The global warming arena is a dynamic process. Annex 1 nations wield and assert their interest and it would be unfortunate, nay foolish, if we fall into a simple categorization of seeking easy identification in these alliances,” he said.

He said while the Philippines can identify a broader common interest with other nations, we must also articulate to protect our own deep and unique interest as a community, which he said is not necessarily incompatible with the long-term interest of industrialized countries.

“A long-term solution and an early substantial financial investment to cut emissions could mean lesser cost in the management of climate change in the long run. Even smaller countries like the Philippines need not hesitate to take a clear and rational position so that in the long term, we contribute to foster global climate justice. It will cost less to avert climate change,’ Alvarez said.

The Philippines submitted interventions that call for deep and early cut of CO2 emissions by Annex I Parties of more than 30-40% from 2013 to 2017, and more than 50% from 2018 to 2022 from 1990 levels.

“We presented this at the COP-14 in Poznan, Poland last December. We have argued this intervention in Bonn, Germany last April and at the recent Bonn conference where we also started building alliances with countries similarly situated like us, and they constitute a very large part of mankind,” Alvarez said.

He said the Philippines must continue to define its own interest as a developing nation which is at the receiving end of the impact of greenhouse gases in order to help create a just global atmosphere.

“The holistic, total settlement of this issue would be that the entire human community is spared from creeping climate change and the negotiations hopefully will not be for the advantage of only one sectors of humanity,” Alvarez warned.(PNA)/V3/JCA/

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