UN, Spain, RP sign USD 8M climate change program
Manila (7 August) -- The United Nations and the Government of the Philippines (GoP) on Wednesday signed a 3-year Joint Programme on "Strengthening the Philippines' Institutional Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change" with a USD 8-million funding from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDGF).
UN Resident Coordinator Nileema Noble signed the Joint Programme Document (JPD) for the UN and newly installed Secretary of Socio-economic Planning and Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Ralph Recto signed on behalf of the GoP, while Alvaro Trejo, Charge' d' Affaires of the Embassy of Spain witnessed the JPD.
The six participating UN agencies in the joint programme namely United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Habitat, International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO) also signed the JPD with their implementing partners National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Province of Albay.
The program is timely given the worldwide effects now being felt from global warming and climate change. It will pursue the following outcomes:
Climate risk reduction mainstreamed into key national and selected local development plans and processes;
Enhanced national and local capacity to develop, manage and administer plans, programmes and projects addressing climate change risks;
Coping mechanisms improved through pilot demonstration adaptation projects.
Specifically, the programme will determine the vulnerability of critical sectors of the Philippines to climate change and strengthen the country's adaptive capacity by enhancing the policy making, planning, programming and implementation capacities of key stakeholders, particularly the responsible national government agencies.
The said program will contribute to the Philippines' achievement of its MDG targets by enhancing socioeconomic development through reduced vulnerabilities of key affected sectors and the target stakeholders in 43 or more provinces. It will also showcase innovative and document best practices on climate change adaptation.
The MDG-F is a global USD 700-million facility contributed by the Government of Spain to the UN in December 2006.
It aims to accelerate progress towards attainment of the MDGs in select countries by supporting programmes in areas widely acknowledged as central to the achievement of MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals.
These areas are in environment and climate change, gender, culture diversity, democratic economic governance, private sector development, conflict prevention, food security and employment and migration.
The Philippines is a signatory to the 2000 Millennium Declaration that rolled out the time-bound MDGs as a global agenda for development by 2015.
The eight MDGs are: halve extremely poverty and hunger; universal primary education; gender equality; reduce child mortality; improved women's health; stop and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases; environmental sustainability and global partnerships for aid, trade and debt relief. (PNA) [top]