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Legarda Heads PH Delegation to 2018 Climate Change Conference in Bonn

Senator Loren Legarda will head the Philippine Delegation to the Climate Change Conference 2018 from May 5 to 9  May in Bonn, Germany.

“This is an important gathering where we begin drafting the ‘operating manual’ that countries have already negotiated for the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” said Legarda, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) National Adaptation Plan Champion.

The Bonn Climate Change Conference consists of meetings of three bodies: the 48th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 48), the 48th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 48) and the fifth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-5).

Legarda said the Philippines must actively participate in the negotiations because the country is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

“Aside from keeping our commitments and working with other nations to meet our ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must also ensure that financial and technical support is provided to vulnerable developing countries,” she said.

Legarda will attend the activities for the Second Meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-Building; Gender Dialogue: Constituted Bodies and the Integration of Gender Considerations; 10th Anniversary Conference of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and the Nuclear Safety’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Other activities include the Talanoa Dialogue Group Discussion; In Session Workshop on Long-Term Climate Finance: Experiences and Lessons Learnt from Facilitating Enhanced Access; the forum: We Are Stepping Up Climate Ambition; and the Technical Experts Meeting-Adaptation (TEM-A).

Legarda will also meet with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Troika and German delegates.#