The Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR), chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will be hosting the 2nd United Kingdom-Philippines Climate Change and Environment Dialogue on February 10, 2022.

CCAM-DRR Cabinet Cluster chairperson and DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the second dialogue will be a "crucial" event for the Philippines as it focuses on the pledges made at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021.

"Climate change has been a necessary topic for the Philippines, especially that every year, the country experiences harsh weather conditions such as the devastation of typhoon Odette," Cimatu said.

The first dialogue was conducted to set out the climate and environment priorities of the Philippines and the UK.

It also focused on energy transition and nature-based solutions and adaptation.

Meanwhile, the second dialogue will focus on opportunities to take stock of the progress made and agree on future priorities and work plans.

In line with the agreement with the first dialogue and with the outcomes of the COP26, the UK and the Philippines will focus on four strategic objectives for 2022: build the resilience of the economy, ecosystems and communities in the context of climate change; establish a development pathway towards net-zero; mobilize sustainable finance and greening the financial sector; and strengthen collaboration and increase awareness of institutions and communities in tackling climate change.

DENR Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh said the dialogue "serves as a platform to facilitate discussion on climate change and environment priorities between the UK and Philippine governments."

"This dialogue is also an opportunity to take stock of progress made and agree on future priorities and work plan," Rebuelta-Teh said.

She added that dialogue will also "pave the way for the Philippines to sustain the goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius and abide by the pledges made during the Paris Agreement which was reiterated by 200 parties on the Glasgow Climate Pact during the COP26.” ###