June 13, 2022
Secretary Robert Borje of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) met Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN) in New York Munir Akram, — who is also the Chair of the Group of 77 (G77) & China at the sidelines of the 56th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB 56) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany on June 13, 2022.
Secretary Borje and Ambassador Akram highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation between and amongst developing countries towards delivery of results. Both officials agreed on the need to demand for climate justice, and that such principle should be embedded across all streams and agenda of SB sessions and Conferences of Parties (COP).
Cognizant of the diminishing resources and worsening climate problems, Secretary Borje stressed the need to ‘Build Right At First Sight’, in response to Ambassador Akram’s view that “situation is difficult then, it is more difficult now, and every year, our situation worsens.”
Both officials emphasized that capabilities must also be enhanced, and technology must be available for all, particularly for the most vulnerable, developing world.
Towards the 27th Session of the Conference of Parties to UNFCCC (COP27), the Philippines and Pakistan, as part of G77&China will pursue the creation of a space to discuss ‘climate finance’, as vital element to achieve climate justice.
Secretary Borje led the Philippines’ participation to the SB56 together with Deputy Head of Delegation National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Mercedita Sombilla, and representatives from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
SB56 is the lead up to the COP27 which is scheduled on November 6-18, 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.