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PIA Press Release

RAFI to hold forum on global climate politics

By Nancy R. Cudis

Cebu City (11 November) -- The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) will hold the second forum of the two-part series of the Understanding Choices Forum on climate change on Nov. 15 at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City.

The forum, entitled "Climate Change and the Global Climate Politics", will highlight inputs from two international climate change negotiators for the Philippines, Atty. Antonio La Viņa and Esperanza Garcia.

La Viņa is the Dean of the Ateneo School of Government and Chairman of the United Nations Collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences of Parties (UNFCC COP).

He will talk about the daunting issues of climate change and how we are affected at the recent'climate' of the global climate politics, particularly on the global debates and related international initiatives and negotiations being marred with controversies from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Kyoto protocol to the UNFCCC-COP 15 in Copenhagen Denmark that ended in failure, and the upcoming COP16 in Cancun, Mexico.

Garcia - founder of the Philippine Youth Climate Movement, Director of Global Warming & Climate Change Initiatives for the International Youth Council and Filipino Youth Delegate to the UNFCCC COP Conference?will share her experience as a global climate youth leader, the initiatives undertaken by the rest of global youth leaders, and the continuing challenges of climate change.

This forum is the second part of the Living on the Edge Series: Climate Change Focus that is designed to provide a venue to heighten awareness, deepen understanding, and inspire participation and action on climate change, one of the pressing issues affecting the world today.

The forum, which will start at 1 p.m., will facilitate an exchange of ideas, inputs, and experiences on climate change as well as broaden understanding on the daunting issue of climate change, particularly on the international debates on climate change and related global initiatives.

Participants of the forum will include key people from government, civil society and the private sector. They will also include local chief executives, local planners, members of the academe, youth sector, media, business sector, non-government organizations, and other public sector organizations, among others.

The Understanding Choices Forum is a program of the Leadership & Citizenship focus area of RAFI, one of the five focus areas in RAFI's comprehensive approach to elevating lives and communities. Its other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, and Education. (PIA-7/RAFI) [top]

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