(NEW YORK, New York) President Benigno S. Aquino III called for a global
coordinated effort to address climate change noting that with the changing
climate, both big and small nations become vulnerable to its ill effects.
"The choice before us, then, is clear: Together we must face these
challenges and surmount them, or together we will suffer the consequences of
inaction," the President said in his speech at the United Nations Climate
Change Summit on Tuesday at the UN headquarters here.
Nations should not engage in another protracted debate over the individual
commitments of countries, he said adding it would be a wrong framework to
address the issue.
"Instead, everyone here has to do everything they can to address climate
change, without first waiting for their neighbors to engage in action," he
said. "Doing anything less leaves the problem unattended, too, thereby
increasing the problem we all face."
Although not a major emitter, the Philippines is not waiting for other
nations to act first, he said.
The country has been addressing climate change to the maximum with its
limited resources. Legislation has been enacted to lessen the impact of
disasters by adopting a comprehensive approach to disaster response, the
The government has also improved its weather forecasting so that it could
send timely warnings to vulnerable communities.
For national and local authorities and residents, the government has
undertaken multi-hazard and geohazard mapping, which is integral to the
effective assessment of risks, according to the President.