Loren Appeals to World's Legislators on Climate Change

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Loren Appeals to World's Legislators on Climate Change


Sen. Loren Legarda appealed yesterday to the world's legislators to implement immediately effective policies on climate change to "reduce the damage and casualties caused by natural disasters" in her speech during the 8th Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network and the World Bank (PNWB) which was attended by 150 legislators and development leaders from 110 countries.

"Parliamentarians around the world, especially in countries vulnerable to disasters, should take a pro-active role in advancing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in order to protect lives and livelihood," Legarda told the legislators.

The PNWB aims to fight global poverty, promote transparency and accountability in international development, and offers a platform for policy dialogue between the World Bank and parliamentarians. Legarda was a panelist for a session on "Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction."

In her address, Legarda stressed that disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation should be woven together to protect people from disasters, especially those in developing countries such as the Philippines who are more vulnerable.

"Disasters have already claimed countless lives, brutally destroyed livelihoods, and indiscriminately condemned whole subpopulations to perpetual and potentially inter-generational poverty traps," she said.

The panelists in the session, which was moderated by Thierry Cornillet, a member of the European Parliament, agreed that natural disasters "can set back decades of development overnight" and that "risk reduction is a first and fail-proof strategy for climate change adaptation."

Legarda linked poverty to natural disasters and explained that disasters can contribute to longer-term states of poverty by delaying development of poorer areas in the country. …

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