Mr. RAMÓN JESÚS P. PAJE, Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment of the Philippines, outlined national measures to combat climate change through his planned national contribution. Despite financial constraints, the Philippines had implemented a national climate change plan and integrated related issues into national and local development plans and budgets. These initiatives would also bring mitigation and adaptation efforts at the subnational level. A system for managing and reporting greenhouse gas stocks has been developed to create a transparent and accurate emission base. As a highly vulnerable country, the Philippines had pledged its fair share of global action, in line with the Manila-Paris Declaration of the Climate Vulnerable Forum. Developed countries need to do more to increase their own contribution ambitions, to be compatible with the 1.5°C threshold and their financial contribution to the action plans of vulnerable countries. JOSEPH KABILA KABANGE, President of the DRC, said the group of least developed countries was one of the most advanced in climate negotiations and had played an important role in building important components of the Paris Agreement.
For them, today was not just a symbolic event; It was an important opportunity to reaffirm the positive spirit and narrative that was created in Paris. Today, it has been timely to outline a timetable to ensure that the agreement is fully effective and implemented in international law. Ministers from the least developed countries met in Kinshasa earlier this month to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris Agreement and said their governments will take all necessary steps to ratify the Agreement as soon as possible. Anand Mahindra, from India`s Mahindra Group, said tackling climate change is the responsibility of the private sector, as it contributes to the problem. The agreement gave companies the opportunity to recover from the “trust deficit” they faced. Many companies have signed up to programs to double energy productivity by 2030 or have committed to switching to 100 percent renewable energy in the future, he said. While stressing the need for contributions from all countries, he said he respected the conditions and capacities of each country. Climate change has influenced everyone in so many ways, he continued, calling on everyone to adapt to become more resilient. As a small landlocked state in Europe, Slovakia was in the mild climate zone where forests and water resources were abundant. He found that the last few decades have been very dry and hot and said Slovakia intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030.
The desired results can only be achieved through cooperation at all levels, he said, reaffirming his country`s commitment to implement the new agreement. . . .