By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that biodiversity must be protected to preserve the planet.
“Water connects our world and sustains our existence, but it is also a finite resource that requires our stewardship. Equally important, our biodiversity must be protected amidst the continuing challenge of climate change. We must enhance our cooperation in these areas,” he said.
He acknowledged the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a platform for societies to create a “resilient” and “inclusive” future.
However, he also urged countries to make sure that their development plans take into account the interests of all emerging nations, especially middle-income states, where the majority of the world’s poor lives.
According to Marcos, sustainability also entails giving individuals the tools they need to handle the problems of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“Investments in education are key, and my administration is prepared to make such investments. The Philippines notes with appreciation the Transforming Education Summit held earlier this week. At which these subjects were taken up,” the President said.
“We understand the value of harnessing our people’s talents by creating a robust and creative economy. We will continue to work with partners in promoting this at the international level,” he added. (ai/mtvn)