UNDP sees important role of PHL in climate summit

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Since the Philippines could play an important role in the formulation of a sustainable action by the international community in dealing with climate change, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is calling on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to play an active part in the international summit on climate change to be held this year.

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UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on Thursday noted that with the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Philippines effectively showed the world how real climate change is.

Thus, Clark urged the Philippines through the President to actively participate in the leader-level climate-change summit this September in New York.

“I think this [climate change summit]is a very important platform for President Aquino and the Philippines because you bring such direct experience of what a wild climate does to people and their lives,” she told a press conference in Makati City.

Clark, a former prime minister of New Zealand, was in the country for a two-day visit as part of the UNDP’s effort to strengthen its partnership and cooperation with the Philippine government and to witness the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro held also on Thursday.

She visited Tacloban to meet with local officials and to get an overview of the rehabilitation efforts and to witness the signing of an agreement between the UNDP and Japan and the turnover of an additional $3.5 million (P157 million) for the recovery of typhoon-ravaged Visayas.

The UNDP head said the climate-change summit that will be called by the UN secretary-general would also focus on the forging of a new international agreement to help countries like the Philippines deal with climate change.

She added that the summit will also enlist the support of other countries for sustainable pathways to less polluting and les climate-damaging development.

“So the voice of the Philippines is very important,” Clark said.

She commended the Filipinos’ resilience and their ability to get back on their feet after experiencing one of the world’s disastrous typhoons.

“We are now moving to the next stages of recovery to support the authorities’ rollout plans for improved resilience to disaster and for rehabilitation of livelihoods, services and infrastructure,” Clark said.

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