Calling for a “bolder collective action” in realizing the Philippines’ global commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the country should “aim high” and strive to be a world leader in making a difference in the battle against the climate crisis.
The Philippines can do this by crafting a set of science-based, well-studied Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), as part of its long-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement, Dominguez said.
“In a word, we have higher stakes in this global effort than many other nations. I want us to be a world leader in making a difference in this battle against the climate crisis. I want us to pave the way in this area through our ambition,” he said at Wednesday’s opening of the second multi-stakeholder consultative meeting on the Philippines’ NDC.
NDCs embody the efforts by signatories to the Paris Agreement to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. In 2017, the Philippines ratified the Paris Agreement, which outlines a global framework on climate change mitigation, adaptation and finance.