The Philippines Senate has voted unanimously to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change to limit global warming, four months earlier than previously expected.
The nation, which is one of the world’s most vulnerable nations to extreme weather conditions such as storms, typhoons, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, droughts and other natural hazards, was previously expected to ratify the deal in July 2017. Under the agreement, the Philippines has committed to cut carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.
According to Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on the Paris Agreement, joining the accord would be remembered as one of the government’s “shining achievements” which is proof of a global united effort to pursue climate action and uphold climate justice together.
By signing the agreement, the Philippines stand to gain access to international climate finance mechanisms and support from developed countries for adaptation, mitigation, technology development and other resources, in order to effectively combat climate change as a nation.
The Paris Agreement to limit global warming all over the world came into force on November 4, 2016 and the Philippines is the 135th country to ratify the deal out of 197 signatories.