EU top exec to strengthen climate action in Manila

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The European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard will arrive in the Philippines on Thursday to strengthen EU-Philippine cooperation in pursuing the European Union’s (EU) global climate change agenda.

EU Commissioner Hedegaard will discuss with top Philippine government officials regarding EU’s top agenda: Climate Action. She will be traveling straight from Palau where she has been consulting with some of the countries most vulnerable to climate change within the Pacific Island Forum.

Hedegaard is scheduled to meet with Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario and the Vice Chair of the Philippine Climate Change Commission Secretary Lecille Sering. She will also meet with Senator Loren Legarda and other members of Congress supporting for climate action. She will be the first European Union Commissioner to visit the country after several years.

“It is my ambition to make the European Union and the Philippines partners in advancing the global climate change agenda,” Hedegaard said. ” The Philippines can count on Europe ‘s climate cooperation and ambition.”


Hedegaard is also scheduled to discuss cooperation with Asian Development Bank (ADB) Director General of Regional and Sustainable Development Department Mr. S. Chandler. She will also be meeting with several Philippine climate action advocacy groups on Friday.

“We count on the Philippines to help us bring all other major economies on board of an ambitious future climate regime to be finalized in 2015. There is no time to lose if we want to avoid that devastating climate-driven disasters become the new normal,” she said

Hedegaard is the first Climate Action Commissioner appointed by the European Union to work on climate change issues around the world. TITUS EDISON CALAUOR

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