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To prevent a crisis, the CCC demands climate justice and accountability.

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has pushed for climate justice and the responsibility of affluent nations to lessen the negative effects of climate change.

Robert Borje, executive director of the CCC and vice chairperson of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), lamented that developing nations who are least culpable for climate change will suffer the most during the recent Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Regional Consultation for Asia. He encouraged wealthier nations to make appropriations.

Borje urged vulnerable nations to join forces for revolutionary global climate action by highlighting the need to assist poor countries in adjusting to catastrophic weather disturbances.

“Allow me to reiterate the importance of working on the principle of climate justice – for those who are least responsible for climate change, those with the fewest resources, and those who are most vulnerable and at risk, the world has to do more,” Borje said in a news release on Friday.

On the other hand, people with the greatest resources and the greatest responsibility for climate change ought to do more. This is climate justice in our eyes.

According to Borje, the foundation of climate action should be “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, as well as climate justice.”

Additionally, he stressed the importance of prioritizing the Global Stocktake, a framework for evaluating the global response to the climate catastrophe, as well as expedited adaptation action, loss and damage from climate change, the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and climate funding.

For the first time, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicted that global temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in the next five years.

The WMO also predicted a 98 percent possibility that the next five years would surpass 2016 as the hottest on record, with a global temperature increase of around 1.3C (2.3F).

“We can only achieve climate resilience through global collective action,” said Borje. “We can transform our developing countries’ vulnerabilities and prevent, minimize, and address existing losses and damages.”

Borje ensured that the Philippines would support the CVF and the so-called V20 (Vulnerable 20), a group of the 20 countries most at risk from the climate issue, as part of the joint efforts to achieve the global climate agenda.

The CVF and V20 continue to support ambitious climate action to protect the world’s most vulnerable developing countries, according to Borje. “The CCC and our allies in Congress, most notably Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda, who also serves as a CVF Ambassador for Parliaments, remain committed to this work,” he added.

The CVF comprises 58 vulnerable countries, including the Philippines, and is currently chaired by Ghana.

The Philippines presided over the CVF in 2015. Under its leadership, the 1.5 degrees Celsius Campaign was started before the Conference of the Parties in Paris, and the V20 organization was formally established.

The CCC acts as the Philippines’ National Focal Point for the CVF.

Under Ghana’s chairmanship, the CVF held regional consultations before the 28th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC and the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In advance of the next climate change discussions in June and November 2023 in Bonn, Germany, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, respectively, the CVF Regional Consultation for Asia was held on Wednesday.

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