The United Kingdom recently welcomed the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on Monday that provided clear scientific evidence that unmitigated climate change poses significant risks to human health, global food security and economic development.
British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, addressed the urgency of the report’s latest findings, stating that: “It is clear from the IPCC’s report that a two degree increase in the world’s temperature would be dangerous, and four degrees would be catastrophic. But that is the likely trajectory, unless there is unprecedented global cooperation to bring down emissions. No country would be left unaffected. Governments everywhere have to act.’’
British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said, “Climate Change is real and urgent. Unless tackled, economies will be damaged, poverty will be more firmly entrenched and the most vulnerable will pay the highest price. While it is important that resilience is strengthened, it is certain that there will be more typhoons and extreme weather events in the Philippines.”
“There are limits to how successfully the Philippines can adapt to climate change. The science is clear that a truly global mitigation effort, in addition to adaptation, is required to rise to the challenge of climate change. We want to work closely and support Filipinos who share our goal of every nation doing what is possible to reduce emissions,” he added.
The UK is has committed to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050 against its 1990 levels. The UK will also continue to provide climate finance to help those countries who need assistance with domestic mitigation and adaptation.
As part of ongoing cooperation on these issues, a Philippine delegation, headed by Deputy Executive Secretary for General Administration Teofilo Pilando Jr., composed of officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, National Security Council and the Office of the Executive Secretary is visiting the UK on April 3-4 to see the UK’s crisis management structures and planning, in addition to learning how the UK approaches climate change policy and action at a national and international level.