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Ambassador Manalo co-chairs ASEAN Regional Forum Seminar on Security Implications on Climate Change

Manila (26 November) -- The Philippine Embassy in Brussels reported that the Philippines and the European Commission co-chaired the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar on Security Implications on Climate Change.

The seminar was held in Brussels on November 18-19. Co-Chairing the seminar was Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, together with European Commission Head of Unit for Relations with Asia Mr. Seamus Gillespie.

It was a follow-up to last year's ARF seminar on international security implications on climate-related events and trends held in Phnom Penh on March 2009.

In his remarks, Ambassador Manalo stated that climate change is a very important global issue. However, for most people its effects on security, whether direct or indirect, are not felt, and therefore this seminar tried to address those challenges.

The Ambassador further stated that while primary responsibility for mitigating the effects of climate change lies with national governments, regional cooperation can significantly supplement countries' capabilities.

"It is encouraging that ARF has taken this initiative in addressing the need to build up regional cooperation in this respect." Ambassador Manalo said.

During the forum, experts of various ARF member countries made presentations on national and regional perspectives on climate change and its impact on various aspects of national security.

There were also studies and scenarios showed trans-boundary impacts of climate change on food, water, health, human security as well as energy sources. Experts likewise tried to show impacts of climate change on migration and how it could aggravate situations of human settlements especially internally displaced persons.

The seminar suggested looking into the various possibilities of setting up dialogues so that the international community could engage in promoting the understanding on climate change and its potential challenges to international security. The role of civil society organizations was highlighted in raising awareness of people on this issue.

The seminar also addressed the need for governments and societies especially of most vulnerable countries to continue identifying security risks with a view to strengthening institutional capacities.

The important role of developed member countries of ARF in supporting these efforts was also highlighted.Ambassador Manalo also hosted a reception for the resource speakers, participants and organizers of the seminar at the Embassy. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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