Philippines to turn over CVF chairmanship to Ethiopia

THE Philippines will continue to support the move for greater action to stop global warming even if it will turn over the chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) to Ethiopia next week, an official said Sunday.

Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chair and executive director of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), said the turnover will take place on Monday during a high-level meeting of officials and experts from member-countries of the organization at the Philippine Senate.

He also assured that the Philippines, which chaired the CVF for 19 months since January 2015, will continue to lead the coalition as it joins the CVF Leadership Troika, together with Ethiopia and former chair Costa Rica.

“The country's chairmanship of the CVF may be over, but the Philippines will continue to push for a stronger international response to limit global warming and press developed nations to provide adequate financial and technical support to developing countries, especially for adaptation,” De Guzman said.

The official turnover follows the seminar of CVF delegates on climate diplomacy, leadership and negotiation held in Tagaytay City.

CVF is an advocacy leadership group of developing countries highly vulnerable to climate change, which represents over one billion people from 43 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific.

According to De Guzman, the country’s chairmanship of the CVF gave an opportunity for the Philippines to cement its position as one of the leaders in the global fight against climate change and in championing climate justice, human rights and ecosystems integrity.

He said the Philippines, ranked 4th among countries worldwide most affected by climate change, believes in “common but differentiated responsibilities” among nations in dealing with the global phenomenon.

“This means that developed countries must lead and bear a bigger burden than developing countries in controlling climate change,” he said.

The Philippine chairmanship saw the adoption by the CVF of its Manila-Paris Declaration on climate action in Manila in November last year. The declaration called for the 1.5 degrees Celsius as the global warming threshold rather than the 2 degrees Celsius limit preferred by developed nations at the Paris conference held last December.

The CVF believes that 2ºC of warming above pre-industrial levels is catastrophic and violates human rights. Gunning for below 1.5ºC as long-term temperature goal is desirable for developing countries to survive and thrive.

One of the highlights of the Climate Policy Forum at the Senate is the presentation of the Key Findings of the CVF Low-Carbon Monitor, a global research on the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement adopted in Le Bourget, France last year. The study highlights the mitigation actions needed to help developing countries pursue low-carbon development.

The Philippines is the first chair of the V20 Group comprised of finance ministers of the CVF member countries.

The CVF established the V20 Group as the counterpart to the G20, an international forum for governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies and other global economic governance structures. The V20 strives to increase the availability of financial resources for climate action by the CVF nations. (SDR/Sunnex)

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