Making Below 2 Degrees a Reality: Climate Smart Development in a Vulnerable and Emerging Economy

Organizer: Philippine government

Date: Fri / Dec. 4 - 18:30

Time: 18:30

Area: Blue Zone

WHAT: Philippines Side Event at the UN Climate Change Conference December 2015 (COP 21/CMP 11)

WHEN: Friday, 04 December 2015 at 18:30-20:00H,

WHERE: Observer Room 01

“Making Below 2 Degrees a Reality: Climate Smart Development in a Vulnerable and Emerging Economy”

Participatory INDC process to show how the Philippines, a vulnerable country with emerging economy, mobilized key sectors to agree on sectoral/national baseline scenarios, emission reduction targets as well as supporting political decision-making process for INDC submission and its implementation.

Speakers: Expert Panel with representatives from the Philippine government and non-government organizations.


The Philippines, as a developing country with promising economic performance in Asia,  has positioned itself towards a climate-resilient, sustainable and low carbon development path. The establishment of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), and the development of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), under the Climate Change Act of 2009, are the country’s major response to climate change. While the country is not a significant emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs), it has committed to contribute its share to global emission reductions as announced by President Aquino in a speech to the United Nations last September 2014. Beyond 2015, the country’s perspective is directed towards prioritizing adaptation and mitigation, calling on the international community for appropriate support for the most vulnerable to achieve climate resiliency and to reduce emissions while pursuing sustainable development. Viewing mitigation as a function of adaptation, the country has embarked on a low emission development strategy and has subsequently pushed for the elaboration of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) for key sectors at present to support a Climate Agreement that will keep global warming below the 2 degree limit.

A side event in the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Paris is envisioned as a platform to share the country successes and challenges as well as to solicit response from the international community as it respond to meet the challenges of sectoral buy in for transformational changes, gaps in data availability and establishing systems for greenhouse gas accounting and monitoring to set up actions for measurable emission reduction. The event intends to communicate to the international community how a vulnerable country with an emerging economy like the Philippines is able to mobilize support from key sectors in initiatiting inter-agency working groups and participatory processes to agree on sectoral and/or national baseline scenarios and the corresponding specific emissions reduction targets as well as supporting political decision-making processes for the submission of INDCs and its implementation thereof.

The Philippine country side event is jointly organized by the Climate Change Commission and the Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.

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