Legarda highlights importance of Paris accord to PH

Legarda highlights importance of Paris accord to PH

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Loren Legarda has on Sunday emphasized the significance of the Paris Agreement to the nation.

“One of the many advocacies and issues that bond France and the Philippines is the Paris Agreement. Being number one in the world risk index, as the most vulnerable nation in the world, we value our ratification of the Paris Accord in 2015,” Legarda said during their meeting with Guillaume Kasbarian, President of France’s Commission for Economic Affairs and Member of Parliament of the National Assembly (Eure-et-Loir).

Legarda was concerned when the World Risk Index 2022 study, which was published in September, listed the Philippines as having the highest global natural catastrophe risk among 193 countries.

In order to decrease the effects of climate change on vulnerable nations like the Philippines, she asked the European Union to enhance its National Determined Contributions (NDC), the climate action plans submitted by governments.

“It’s been seven years since the ratification of the accord and it is incumbent upon industrialized nations in the EU, including France, to perhaps scale up the National Determined Contributions so that vulnerable nations like the Philippines, which only emits ⅓ of 1% in terms of global greenhouse gas emissions, will not be as affected,” Legarda said.

“That is one of the advocacies that I share with my colleagues, which we know the French government and the French people hold dearly, as well, because this impacts our energy security, our food security,” she furthered.

The European Commission has committed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from the EU by 2030 and produce ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050, according to World Bank. It also said that 76 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are coming from China, the United States, and the EU. (ai/mtvn)

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