Philippine Commitment to Climate Action
As one of the world’s most vulnerable nations, the Philippines is strongly committed to addressing the threat of climate change. It is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, which set targets for the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.
To meet its national development goals and international commitments, the government established crucial legal and institutional frameworks for climate mitigation and adaptation in the country. Guided by these laws and strategies, climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction measures have been included in the Philippine Development Plan for 2017-2022.
In 2016, the Philippine Senate ratified the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, and in 2017, the Paris Agreement. Following this, Philippine policymakers proposed nationally determined contributions to help achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. These focused on promoting energy efficiency; improving transport systems; shifting to cleaner fuels and vehicles; improving solid waste management and wastewater treatment; ensuring forest protection, restoration and rehabilitation; and adopting climate-resilient agriculture practices.