The Philippines has reiterated its call for the United States and other developed countries to immediately take drastic measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday in a press release.
It said that Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo made the call following the Summit on Climate Change convened by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Sept. 22 at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.
In a statement issued at the end of what is considered to be the largest gathering of world leaders to address the issue of climate change, Romulo appealed to the developed countries for more cuts, saying that they are responsible for the vast bulk of past and current greenhouse gas emissions and are "primarily accountable to addressing the effects of climate change."
"We actively call on developed countries to cut deep and cut early. We also wish to stress that the time frame for such cuts is crucial," Secretary Romulo said in the statement.
"Deep cuts should be put into effect within the first 10 years after the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol ending in 2012," he said, adding that deep and early cuts in greenhouse gas emissions would curtail the destructive effects of climate change such as prolonged droughts, floods and heat waves.
Romulo, at the same time, called on developed countries for a financial commitment for the adaptation, technology transfer and capacity building of developing countries. He said that financing for adaptation measures is specifically important for the Philippines as it is ranked number one in the disaster risk index for typhoons.
"Together with our call for deep and early cuts, we are negotiating towards a Copenhagen decision that will take into account the economic and social development as the first overriding priorities of developing countries such as the Philippines. Our right to sustainable development is clear in the Convention," Romulo said.