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Saturday, 19 December 2009 00:22
Arroyo calls for ‘new global order’ By Michael Lim Ubac Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 01:24:00 12/19/2009 Filed Under: Climate Change, Environmental Issues COPENHAGEN— President Macapagal-Arroyo has called for “a new global order” to combat climate change amid the continued failure of negotiators here to clinch a deal to cut heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. She was the 35th speaker to address the plenary session. “We come to Copenhagen in partnership with other nations to find a way to meet the harsh impacts of climate change and avert a global climate crisis,” Ms Arroyo said, addressing the high-level plenary session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen (COP15) at 5 p.m. Thursday (midnight in Manila). The President boarded a chartered Philippine Airlines flight to Manila yesterday at 9:10 a.m. (4:10 p.m. in Manila). She was accompanied by her husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, and a lean delegation composed of a handful of Cabinet members and House representatives. She skipped the formal closing as well as the traditional family photo of the 119 heads of state and government attending the climate summit here as the restive Mayon Volcano threatens to erupt soon. In her plenary session address on Thursday, Ms Arroyo said: “It is time to harmonize economic development with environmental protection in a new global order where they are not mutually exclusive, but synonymous. It is time all countries of the world owned up to our collective responsibilities. Solving this problem will certainly take years, but we need to start the process now.” The President issued the call as she delivered the National Statement along with 119 heads of state and government who are here in hopes of sealing a climate deal to cut carbon emissions and provide funds to help developing nations adapt to the disastrous effects of a warming planet. Bigger emission cuts President Arroyo stressed the Philippine position along with other poor and developing nations on the need for bigger cuts in gas emissions and for the availability of funds to support climate change measures in poor countries. “We cannot afford to leave Copenhagen without a deal, based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. For an equitable outcome, developed countries need to lead in reducing emissions,” she said. A robust financial mechanism must also be established to meet the costs of adaptation for developing countries and for effective development and transfer of technologies, the President said. Ms Arroyo noted US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “groundbreaking announcement” that the United States was “prepared to work with other countries toward a goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion a year by 2020 to address the climate change needs of developing countries.” The Filipino carbon footprint The President also highlighted this stark contrast: The average person in the world has a per capita carbon footprint of 6 tons, while the average Filipino has a per capita carbon footprint of only 1.6 tons. But the Philippines is in the top 12 countries facing the greatest risk from the effects of climate change. She said the 6-ton average carbon dioxide (CO2) emission must be brought down to 3 tons to stabilize at 450 parts per million (ppm) in 2050. PPM is current level of CO2 in the atmosphere. “The Philippines is already doing better than that. Our emission is only 1.6 tons per capita, and we are further committed to deviate by 20 percent from our business-as-usual emissions growth path,” she said. The President, however, did not specify a timeline, or even a specific amount for adaptation funds. (Snipped)
 

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