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PH seeks US collaboration on “loss, damage” from climate change: DFA

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In a private meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. asked about potential cooperation with the US on climate loss and damage.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated in a statement on Tuesday that Marcos is keen in working with Washington D.C. on projects beyond climate mitigation and assistance.

In order to expand on the discussions at the COP27, “President Marcos showed interest in continuing future discussions and potential cooperation with the US on the damage and loss concept, beyond mitigation and alleviation,” the agency stated.

Loss and damage are the negative effects of climate change that cannot be mitigated or adapted to, including things like extreme weather, sea level rise, and glacial retreat.

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt came to a successful conclusion on Sunday with a ground-breaking agreement to create a new fund to assist vulnerable countries to deal with loss and damage.

Harris’ visit to the Philippines has as one of its key objectives to promote collaboration in a number of areas, such as expanding sustainable energy and solving the climate problem.

The creation of an energy policy dialogue and the beginning of talks for cooperation in civil nuclear energy, or the so-called “123 agreement,” are among the most recent American proposals.

Once the 123 agreement is in effect, the US will be able to export nuclear materials and equipment to support the nation’s efforts to combat climate change and ensure energy security.

Along with climate change, Harris and Marcos also spoke on peace and security in light of recent national and international events.

The two emphasized the significance of supporting a global system based on laws and keeping lines of communication open between and among partners to avoid any errors and misunderstandings.

The autonomous foreign policy the Philippines has established, based on national interest and the nation’s commitment to peace, was reaffirmed by President Marcos, the DFA reported.

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