UK ambassadors stress IPCC findings

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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.

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  1. The National Coordinator of Philippine climate network Aksyon Klima, Voltaire Alferez, said:

    We appreciate the statement of solidarity from the British Embassy, but we also deplore how their media release is silent on the historical responsibility of the UK and other developed countries to lead stronger action on climate change worldwide.

    Despite the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda and other previous superstorms, it seems the UK is saying their extension of climate finance assistance depends on whether the recipient country toes the British line. This is regrettable. To begin with, climate finance from the UK is not assistance. It is obligation—reparations for the UK’s role in fomenting climate change through fossil-fueled industrialization. More importantly, while we agree that everyone, including developing countries, need to contribute their fair share in bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions dramatically, fairness also means historical responsibility.

    Our network with many other civil society organizations will continue to work to reduce the risks of disasters in our communities and help them adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change. We will also continue to demand fair share action not only from the Philippines but from other developing countries as well.

    Meanwhile, we ask the UK to help shame the European Union for continuing to come up short, both in emissions reductions and the delivery of climate funds. We hope the UK will likewise do the same with countries such as Canada and the United States, which are moving the opposite way, towards climate destruction, with almost criminal intent.