MANILA- The Embassy of France in the Philippines congratulates the Philippine government and the Philippine Senate for the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
In a statement, the Embassy of France said, "The Philippines now joins 133 other parties to the Paris Agreement, representing more than 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions."
"The road to the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) started in the Philippines when the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change was launched during French President Francois Hollande's state visit to the Philippines in February 2015. This call to the international community symbolized our shared commitment in the fight against climate change. The road to Paris continued in Manila through our Climate Week celebration in October 2015, where we were joined by policymakers, artists, the academe, civil society and the general public in supporting the conclusion of an ambitious, universal and legally-binding agreement at COP21."
The statement added that "The Philippines' contribution to the positive outcome of COP21, as well as the eventual ratification of the Paris Agreement by the Philippine government, was the result of the invaluable and collective efforts of the country's climate champions: Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Oversight Committee on Climate Change whose advocacy on environmental protection and climate change issues is well-known locally and internationally, the Climate Change Commission, which has been committed to its mandate, and the numerous climate advocates in civil society. We also recognize the commitment demonstrated by the previous and current administrations in addressing climate change."
Moreover, the statement added, "The ratification of the Paris Agreement, which coincides with the 70th year anniversary of French-Philippine diplomatic relations, opens new perspectives for our two countries to develop and implement sustainable solutions towards a greener, more sustainable future for our planet."
"France, as a major contributor to the Green Climate Fund which pledges to raise $100 billion annually by 2022 for the adaptation and mitigation initiatives of developing countries, takes this opportunity as well to reiterate its support for the Philippines' efforts in the areas of renewable energy and the green economy, disaster preparedness and rehabilitation, and ecosystem management," the statement concluded.
Source: Philippines Information Agency