French Embassy congratulates
Philippine government for ratification of Paris Agreement on Climate Change
MANILA, March 15 - 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 François 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.(Embassy of France in the