A better response to climate issues observed

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. believes climate change mitigation measures “will be more felt” globally following the just-concluded Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.

According to him, it is “very encouraging to see” that the member economies “seem to have a lot in common” in solving the problems facing the world. Besides climate change, the world has other issues that should be prioritized, such as food security, clean energy, and post-pandemic economic recovery efforts.

“So it’s very encouraging for me because we all agree at least at the very beginning. We agree on what needs to be addressed, what solution is needed, more or less. Of course, this n It’s not accurate since everyone comes from a slightly different background,” the chief executive said in his arrival speech last Saturday night.

He further noted that APEC country leaders, as well as invited participants, recognized that while there are policies in place to address the global problem, little has been done to slow the effects of climate change. , a “primary” concern in all of picking.

“You start talking about economics, you end up talking about climate change at some point and so, I think, there will be a very big push,” Marcos said.

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“APEC countries have said that we have many agreements in place, but there is very little that has been done. And so this is going to be the impetus for APEC, the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), from the Asia-Pacific countries,” he added.

In one of his interventions at the APEC meeting, Marcos called on all countries to have “increased interconnectedness and interdependence of peoples and economies brought about by globalization, [which] led to the progressive world we live in today.”

The Philippines, being “one of the economies most at risk from the climate crisis”, will be among the Asia-Pacific nations that will ensure that agreements related to climate change mitigation are implemented.

“Since we are basically the developed countries that haven’t – you can’t say that they have put the world in this situation. It’s also up to us to go to those developed countries that have had their development. But unfortunately, because we were ignorant of such things, they ended up changing the weather in the world,” the president said.

Besides global warming, other frequently discussed issues were supply chains, food supply, digitalization and women’s empowerment, he added.

“It was a very useful and productive process because, as I said, we now have a way forward for all of us APEC members,” Marcos said.

“The ultimate aspiration is for the Asia-Pacific region to return to its former role as the engine of the global economy. And if we do all that we plan to do, it will come back. And again, we will be at the forefront of the global economy,” he added.

Teresa H. Sadler