Loren lauds PHL, France battle vs climate change

STRESSING the importance of cooperation between countries in the battle against the devastating effects of climate change, Senator Loren Legarda has lauded the recent initiatives by both the Philippines and France to join hands in fighting the unwelcomed phenomenon.

“I thank the French Government for rallying nations to craft and support the Paris Agreement on Climate Change when it hosted the climate negotiations in 2015,” Legarda said.

“We are facing challenges in the implementation of the Agreement but with the strong commitment of nations, especially the industrialized countries like France, we are optimistic we can meet our goals. I look forward to discussing this further with Minister Hulot,” she added.

70th Year of Friendship 

Legarda issued the statement after the country’s Senate delegation met with France’s Minister for Ecological Transition and Solidarity, Nicolas Hulot, as the two countries set to commemorate their 70th year of diplomatic relations. 

“This year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between the Philippines and France. We could only see our bilateral relations getting even better through the years,” Legarda said.

“The Philippine Senate recognizes the importance of our country’s partnership with France which has substantially complemented our nation’s efforts in addressing current global challenges,” she added.

The Senator also pointed out that visits by top French officials to the Philippines the past years had resulted in enhanced partnership, especially in the areas of climate change and sustainable development.

The Chair of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Finance and Climate Change recalled how then French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visited the country in 2012, being the first visit by a French head of government to the country.

Climate action partners

Moreover, she said that the two nations are partners in climate action, citing former French President Francoise Hollande visited the country and prioritized the issue of climate change a few years back.

Legarda also remembered the 2015 Joint Declaration or commonly known as the “Manila Call to Action on Climate Change” wherein then President Benigno Aquino III and ex-President Hollande made a pact on climate change.

The main reason of the said declaration is to sharpen support and raise awareness on Paris Agreement on Climate Change which made in the same year.

Legarda, with Committee on Energy Chair Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Committee on Environment Chair Senator Cynthia Villar and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III were in France for the said commemoration and attended a meeting with fellow lawmakers including French Senate President Gerard Larcher and Minister Hulo.

Legarda, a founding member of the Philippines-France Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Association, has been working closely with the French Government through the French Embassy in the Philippines and was bestowed the title of Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre National de la Légiond'Honneur (National Order of the French Legion of Honor). (Mico Agustin)


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