Marcos urges leaders to act decisively, immediately on food security, climate change

Marcos urges leaders to act decisively, immediately on food security, climate change

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged world leaders to “act decisively and immediately” on pressing global issues, primarily climate change and food security.

“Our people look to their leaders, to us, to correctly navigate the uncertain waters of this new world. Our partnerships will make us strong. Our partnerships will give us wisdom. The future awaits,” Marcos told leaders in his intervention during the 17th East Asia Summit (EAS) on Sunday.

The 17th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is within the framework of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits.

The President made the call in front of world leaders, which included Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, US President Joe Biden, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Kate Ardern, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, India Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol and Australia Prime Minister Anthony Norman Albanese.

In order to ensure environmentally sound economic progress as we move toward the post-pandemic economic recovery, the Chief Executive said stakeholders in ASEAN and East Asia must build on and improve existing strategies toward holistic and green, sustainable development.

“It has become glaringly clear that there is a dire need to strengthen food security towards self-sufficiency in our region, to increase adaptability and resilience in the face of threats to the global supply chain,” the President pointed out.

“It is incumbent upon us, for our sake and that of future generations, to act decisively and immediately on climate change,” Marcos added.

(I. Amigo/MTVN)

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