France’s Special Envoy for the Environment Nicolas Hulot will be in the Philippines from January 20 to 25 for talks on climate change as United Nations members, including the Philippines, prepare for the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.
While in Manila, Hulot will be participating in a series of high-level meetings with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Climate Change Commissioner Lucille Sering and Sen. Loren Legarda, head of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources.
According to a statement on Friday by the French Embassy in Manila, the ambassador will also be meeting with other groups and personalities “involved in the fight against climate change and in the promotion of sustainable development,” including Foreign Afairs officials, civil society representatives, members of the academe and students.
From Manila, Hulot will be traveling to Tacloban City in Leyte province and Guiuan in Samar province , two of the provinces most devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
He will visit reconstruction projects in Daanbantayan, Cebu, led by the France-Philippines United Action, a consortium of French companies in the Philippines engaged in Yolanda reconstruction efforts.
Appointed by French President François Hollande in 2012, Hulot’s mission as the Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet “is to reach out to different communities on energy and climate challenges and promote the implementation of innovative policies to address these challenges, to inform the public and contribute to the preparations for COP21 and to raise the interest of public opinion, key actors and world leaders on environmental issues.”
The 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference in December is deemed crucial as countries from all over the world must agree on an “ambitious, binding agreement to limit global warming to below 2°C.”