PRESIDENT-ELECT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has been invited to attend the UN Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27, to be held in November.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi extended his invitation to the incoming leader. The invitation was relayed by Egypt's envoy to the Philippines, Ahmed Shehabeldin, during his courtesy call on Monday.

"On this topic, we talked about how the international community [can] respond to the challenges of climate change. We are different in geography, climate and nature. However, we share the same concerns," he said.

Prior to this, Marcos has confirmed his attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Thailand, also in November. Moreover, he is also said to be "very keen" in attending the United Nations General Assembly in the United States in September.

Shehabeldin also discussed with Marcos future partnerships his country and the Philippines can explore.

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This includes "the prospects of developing the bilateral relations between Egypt and the Philippines, since we are looking forward to developing many areas of cooperation."

To be held on November 6 to 18, the climate change conference is an annual event where "all states that are parties to the convention are represented" to "review the implementation of the convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements," according to its official website.

The Philippines is one of the developing countries most vocal about the effects of global warming, being one the nations that bear the brunt of the effects of climate change.

Earlier this month, the government's Climate Change Commission participated in the Stockholm+50 International Meeting in Sweden. It called for more accountability from the so-called powerhouse nations for failing to reduce their carbon emissions that contribute to environmental damage.

Marcos during his campaign discussed his advocacy for the protection of the environment, one of them being the development of renewable energy sources to address the problem of high power costs in the country.

He reiterated the urgency for the government to reexamine the various alternative energy sources that will help the Filipinos.

"We will use natural sources of energy. We will no longer use coal. We will no longer use fossil fuel. We should have alternative [sources of energy] and renewables are [always] available," he said in one of his interviews.

Kristina Maralit