PBBM calls for ASEAN ‘united voice’ during COP28 to contain climate change


President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. called for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to have a united voice during 28th meeting of the United Nations’ annual conference on climate change (COP28) in demanding for climate action.

The chief executive said the joint initiative will raise the chances for developed countries to help in addressing injustices brought about by climate change.

“ASEAN must call on developed countries to heighten the implementation of their commitments,” Marcos said in his intervention during the Plenary of the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He noted among the pending commitments include climate finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity building.

The implementation of the said measures will help ASEAN members to prevent, mitigate, manage, and adapt to the impacts of climate change, according to the President.

“The Philippines will continue to prioritize international cooperation that will make ASEAN climate-smart and disaster-ready, including through the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity,” Marcos said.

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity is an intergovernmental center that facilitates cooperation and coordination of ASEAN with international organizations for sustainable use of biological diversity.

COP 28 is set to be held from 30 November to 12 December this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.