Aquino seeks cooperation among nations to address climate change

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Thursday urged the participants of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management to continue working together to address the concerns posed by climate change.

Citing the country's experience on the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year, Aquino said in a speech during the conference that overcoming the challenges posed by climate risk is enormous and requires cooperation at all levels.

Citizens, local governments, and nations must work together to address this problem, he said, noting the importance of the disaster risk reduction meeting being held in Manila.

Countries must take advantage of every opportunity to share their experiences, ideas, and technologies, the value of which is not measured by any form of currency but by the number of lives saved, the President said.

"This is why I encourage all of you: Please, let us continue working together through forums such as this one, and let us deepen our cooperation to give rise to a world that is safer and more resilient," he said.

"This is our only planet, and it is our duty as its citizens to do everything in our power, not just to protect it, but to improve it and make it better than it ever has been."

The increasing number of typhoons and their devastating effects are becoming the norm today as a result of climate change, he said.

He further said that despite the magnitude of the effects of Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayan region, the Philippine government has received praises from international organizations.

For instance, World Bank Country Director for the Philippines Motoo Konishi said the Philippines' response to the disaster has “set a new standard on how to shrink the time between the disaster hitting, relief work being carried out, moving on to early recovery, and then to reconstruction,” he said.

Aquino said his government has been harnessing the best technology, knowledge and inputs from other countries and organizations to rebuild better communities in the Visayan region. (SDR/Sunnex)

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